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How Much Does it Cost to Change a Flight in 2019?

It’s an exhilarating feeling when you finally book your flight. You’ve planned the itinerary, created the packing list, and told all of your friends. But sometimes life gets in the way and you have to change the ticket.

Depending on what airline you’ve booked with, changing your flight can cost as much as the original airfare. Here’s how much it costs to change a flight on these top airlines:


Domestic Flights International Flights Same-Day Changes
American Airlines $200 Up to $750 $75–$150
Southwest Airlines  $0 $0 $0
United Airlines $200 $400 and up $75
Delta Airlines $200 $200–$500 $75
JetBlue $75–$150 $75–$150 $75
Alaska Airlines $0–$125
$125 $25–$50
Spirit Airlines $90–$100 $90–$100

See the detailed breakdown of these airline change fees below.


American Airlines

American Airline passengers will be charged $200 for changes made to domestic flights and up to $750 for international flights. If the change is made on the same day as the flight, passengers will incur a fee of $75 for economy seats on flights within the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Same-day change fees jump to $150 for transatlantic travel between New York (JFK) and London (LHR). Business and first-class passengers do not have to pay any same-day change fees.

Southwest Airlines

There’s no fee to change or cancel your reservation with Southwest Airlines. Passengers only have to pay the fare difference if the new ticket is more than the original ticket. If the new ticket price is less, the airline will issue a credit towards future travel. 

Southwest Airlines is famous for offering free ticket changes or cancellations.

United Airlines

Change fees at United Airlines are $200 for domestic flights and $400 or more for international flights. Passengers can save money if they make changes on the same day as the flight for $75. This same-day change fee is waived for MileagePlus Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K members.

Delta Airlines

With Delta Airlines, passengers must pay $200 to change any domestic flights, including travel to Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $200 to $500 for international flights. Passengers who are not Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion members will be charged $75 for same-day confirmed flights. However, basic economy tickets are not eligible for same-day changes.

JetBlue

JetBlue passengers will be charged $75 for changes or cancellations made more than 60 days prior to the departure date. If there are less than 60 days before departure, fees are determined based on the ticket price: $75 for fares under $100, $100 for fares between $100 and $149.99, and $150 for fares $150 or more. With the exception of Blue Flex tickets, same-day changes will cost $75 per person.

JetBlue charges $75 for changes made more than 60 days prior to departure.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines imposes a change and cancellation fee of $125 per person. Purchased tickets for travel within the state of Alaska do not incur a change fee, but they do incur a $125 cancellation fee. Same-day confirmed changes are $50, or $25 for flights within the state of California or in the airlines’ shuttle markets.

Spirit Airlines

It’s free to change or cancel reservations within 24 hours of purchase and if the departure date is seven or more days away. Otherwise, Spirit Airlines charges $90 per person to change or cancel a booking online, or $100 if changes are made in person at the airport or over the phone.

No matter which airline you fly with, double check the details of your ticket before paying and ensure the dates and times are correct. If you absolutely have to make a change, do it within 24 hours since most airlines will allow you to modify your booking free of charge within this time frame.