Wave goodbye to change fees

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Life changes … and so do we

Improving your travel experience

We’re making travel easier by giving you even more flexibility and the freedom to make your own choices when you fly with us.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • No more change fees for all domestic and short-haul international flying on Premium Cabin, Premium Economy and Main Cabin fares.
  • Fly standby for free on earlier domestic flights, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to the same destination on the same day.
  • Customers who buy Basic Economy fares may now buy extras like upgrades, seats, priority boarding and same-day flight changes.
  • AAdvantage® elite members may apply their travel benefits on all tickets, including on Basic Economy fares.

No more change fees

We’re eliminating all change fees for First, Business, Premium Economy and Main Cabin tickets for all domestic and short-haul international flying for tickets issued on or after August 31, 2020.

Change fees are eliminated

If you’re flying between these destinations:

  • Any of the 50 U.S. states
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Caribbean
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

And if you’re flying in any of these cabins:

  • Main Cabin (except Basic Economy fares)
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First

If your travel plans change, you can keep the full value of your original ticket but will need to pay the fare difference if your new flight is more expensive. If your new flight is less expensive, you’ll get the fare difference in the form of travel credit to use on a future trip.

Example: If you paid $500 for your flight and change to a new flight that costs $300, you’ll receive $200 in travel credit for a future trip.

The new change fee policy applies to AAdvantage® award tickets as well.

Fly standby for free

Starting October 1, 2020, you’ll be able to stand by for flights on the same day as your original departure to the same destination at no charge.

This applies to domestic travel, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, regardless of the ticket you bought.

More to Basic Economy

We’re enhancing Basic Economy fares, keeping the same competitive low price, but also allowing you to buy extras for your travel experience on tickets bought October 1, 2020, and beyond:

  • Upgrades
  • Priority boarding
  • Preferred / Main Cabin Extra seats
  • Same-day confirmed flight change

Same AAdvantage® benefits no matter the fare

Starting this fall, AAdvantage® elite members will receive the same benefits they enjoy now no matter the ticket they buy, including Basic Economy:

  • Priority access / Preferred boarding
  • Upgrade privileges
  • Elite seat privileges, including access to Main Cabin Preferred and Main Cabin Extra seats
  • Same-day confirmed flight change

With this change, starting January 1, 2021, Basic Economy tickets will no longer earn Elite Qualifying Dollars, Elite Qualifying Miles or Elite Qualifying Segments toward future status.

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