Airlines May Soon Reinstate Change Fees on Lowest Fares, Expert Says

As the airline industry struggled to hang onto passengers during the pandemic, major U.S. airlines reinvented their change fee models to offer more flexibility. While for most booking classes, those changes became permanent, that stipulation did not apply to the lowest-cost flights, often called basic economy fares.

Right now, most airline tickets — including those on Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and United — come with free date changes across all classes, including basic economy.