United Also Permanently Removing International Change Fees, But With A Catch


Earlier today we reported that Delta would be permanently removing change fees on international flights originating from the US. That followed American Airlines leading the way of the big three airlines with that same policy change last month.

In non-surprising news, United has now confirmed that they too will be permanently eliminating change fees, although their policy isn’t quite as generous as the other two airlines.

a plane on the tarmac

There hasn’t been an official announcement from United regarding this yet, although a United spokesperson has confirmed to Live And Let’s Fly that they’ll be making this change.

They also confirmed that their current change fee waiver would be extended for bookings through March 31, 2021. That includes Basic Economy fares, but after that date Basic Economy tickets will no longer be eligible for no change fees.

But There’s A Catch…

With Delta and American Airlines, if you change an international flight to one which is cheaper, they’ll provide a credit for the additional amount which can be put towards a future flight.

United on the other hand won’t be doing that. If you change an international itinerary and it happens to cost less, they’ll hold on to that extra amount. You’ll still come out ahead compared to years past seeing as you won’t be paying a change fee, but their policy clearly isn’t as good as that of American Airlines and Delta.

Want to learn more about miles and points? Subscribe to email updates or check out our podcast on your favorite podcast platform.
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

I changed a united domestic flight and i did t get credit the change difference they told me they stoped doing it


Is this likely to include award partner bookings?

[…] purchased through March 30, 2021 (prev Dec 31), for travel at any time to anywhere.  Similarly, United has eliminated change fees for United-issued tickets originating in the United States.  And, like Delta, United has extended their pandemic change fee waiver for all tickets purchased […]