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Comparing Change/Cancellation Fees

The airline change/cancellation fees listed here apply to reservations in the lowest fare class for flights within the continental U.S. They are often waived for passengers in higher fare classes, frequent fliers who have reached a certain status in an airline's loyalty program, and customers who book with an airline-affiliated credit card. The Department of Transportation requires airlines to allow all customers 24 hours to cancel a reservation without penalty (or hold it without payment, as long as they're booking at least a week in advance). Fees may vary depending on when and how (online or offline) the booking is changed or cancelled and on the cost or duration of the flight. Airline change fees are assessed on top of any difference in fare. Some airlines let passengers standby on a different flight on the same day for free, if there's space available, but charge a fee for a confirmed seat.
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Domestic
Award Ticket
Same Day Confirmed
AirTran
$150
$150
$50/segment
Alaska
$75 online; $100 by phone
$75 online; $100 by phone
$25
Allegiant
$75/segment
N/A
N/A
American
$200*
$0-$150
$75
Delta
$200
$150
$50
Frontier
$75 for FlyFrontier.com bookings; $125 otherwise
$0 more than a week in advance; $75 within 7 days
$50 for Frontier bookings and standard award tickets; $100 for third-party bookings
JetBlue
$75-$150
$75-$150
$50
Southwest
$0
$0
$0
Spirit
$115 online; $125 by phone or at airport
$110
N/A; $25 for standby (refundable)
United
$200
$75-$100 to change; $200 to cancel
$75
US Airways
$200
$150
$75
Virgin America
$100
$100
$25-$50

* Waived with upgrade to Choice Essential (+$68 RT) or Choice Plus (+$88 RT)

by Louis DeNicola (Google+ Profile)

In this review:
  1. Airline Fees Guide
  2. Baggage Fees
  3. Change and Cancellation Fees
  4. Priority Boarding and Other Charges
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