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.


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 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


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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