Alaska Eliminates Changes Fees From Most Fares

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Alaska Airlines today announced the elimination of change fees on all other than Saver Fares effective immediately, saving customers $125 for each change they make.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced their similar policies on Monday after United made a surprise move this weekend.

You can access Alaska Airlines here.

Here’s the announcement from Alaska:

“COVID has taught us that flexibility in travel is key. As we evolve our approach to travel to include more than 100 safety actions, it’s important to give our guests flexibility when they book by eliminating change fees,” said Andrew Harrison, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Alaska Airlines.

The new change-fee policy applies to all tickets, except for Saver fares. Previously, Alaska’s change fee of $125 applied to all non-Saver travel, except for guests traveling on refundable tickets and Mileage Plan top elite status members.

During the pandemic Alaska is also extending its flexible travel policy for all new ticket purchases, including Saver fares through Dec. 31, 2020.

Conclusion

It is still hard to believe that these much-hated change fees are now suddenly all gone except Basic Economy (United, Delta & American) and Saver-fares (Alaska).

US-based airlines have always been more flexible with non-refundable fares allowing the public to change them for a fee while most airlines in other markets have not. If you don’t use your non-refundable ticket per original itinerary, you lose the value entirely.

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