Same-day flight change and standby options

Did you know you can change your flight† and get a confirmed seat or standby for a small fee?

For $75* on domestic flights, or $150** on flights between New York JFK and London Heathrow, you can confirm a seat or standby on a different flight as long as the alternate flight:

  1. Has the same origin and destination
  2. Is for the same calendar day of departure
  3. Has eligible seats available

For our Executive Platinum members, both same-day standby and confirmed flight changes are complimentary. All other elite members receive same-day standby at no charge.

We offer you several convenient options to make same-day flight changes or to set up
same-day standby:

  1. Online

    Beginning 24 hours prior to departure, you can request same-day flight change or same-day standby on aa.com through the check-in window. Just select each passenger who is requesting a flight change or standby and pay the per passenger fee.

    Once you arrive at the airport, you can check in for your new flight at Curbside Check-In, Self-Service Check-In, or our ticket counter.

  2. At a Check-In Kiosk

    Beginning 24 hours prior to departure, the Self-Service Check-In machines will provide a list of available flights for the same day as your original flight. Just choose the flight and pay the fee. You will complete the check in process, receive a boarding pass for your newly confirmed flight and a receipt for the charge.

  3. At the Ticket Counter

    For same-day flight change only, beginning 24 hours prior to departure, our agents can provide a list of available flights for the same day as your original flight. Just choose the flight and pay the fee. You will receive a boarding pass for your newly confirmed flight and a receipt for the charge.

  4. Over the Phone

    For domestic same-day flight change, beginning 24 hours prior to departure, you can call Reservations and our agents will provide information for available flights departing on the same day as your original flight. The fee can be paid over the phone via credit card.

Same-day flight change and same-day standby are subject to Terms and Conditions.

Please see important information regarding suggested arrival times and security checkpoints.

Tips

  1. Passengers traveling on unrestricted Y fares and AAdvantage AAnytime travel awards have the flexibility to change flight arrangements at no charge. Passengers traveling on AAdvantage MileSAAver awards continue to have the flexibility to change the date/time of their flights at no charge, provided award seats are available on the desired flight.
  2. Customers who purchased a Choice Plus fare have the flexibility to change one flight at no charge, provided seats are available on the desired flight.

 

†Available for flights in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, the Caribbean and between New York JFK and London Heathrow on American Airlines and American Eagle. Flights must be marketed and operated by American Airlines.

* Same-day flight change charges are non-refundable. Same-day standby charges are automatically refunded if you are not accommodated on the standby flight.

** The $150 fee applies to all itineraries that include a flight between New York JFK and London Heathrow.

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