Same-day flight change or standby

Change your flight

Change of plans? We allow same-day confirmed changes or standby on select flights for a fee, with some exceptions.

Rules

Your new flight must:

  • Depart on the same day, from and to the same airports, as your original flight
  • Have the same number of stops, in the same airports, as your original flight
  • Be marketed and operated by American Airlines or American Eagle

Also, please keep in mind that:

  • Anyone can standby for an earlier flight, but only elite status members can standby for a later flight the same day.
  • Same-day confirmed changes and standby are subject to availability on select flights.

How to request a same-day change or standby

Beginning 24 hours before departure, go to your trips online or in the app, or stop by an airport kiosk or ticket counter to request a change and pay the fee. After you check in, you’ll receive a new boarding pass and receipt.

Fees

Fees by market

Market Same day confirmed change Standby
U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands $75 $75
Canada and the Caribbean $75 Not offered
Between / through New York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR) $150 Not offered

Complimentary change / standby

Passenger / ticket type Confirmed change Standby
AAdvantage® Executive Platinum and Platinum Pro status (and companions in same reservation) available available
Unrestricted Economy (Y fare), Business, First, AirPass available available
Award tickets: First, Business, MileSAAver, AAnytime available available
AAdvantage® Platinum and Gold status (and up to 8 companions in same reservation) Not available available
oneworld® Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status (and up to 8 companions in same reservation) Not available available
Active U.S. military personnel (on orders or personal travel) and active U.S. military dependents (on orders only) Not available available

Refunds

Fees are non-refundable unless we:

  • Are unable to assign you a seat because the flight is full
  • Cancel your new flight
  • Delay your incoming flight or cause you to miss your connection

If you're eligible, you can request a refund online.

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