Coronavirus: American Airlines and United Extend Flight Change Fee Waivers

Travelers with American Airlines and United flight bookings that have been disrupted by the coronavirus situation are in luck as both airlines have decided to extend their flight change fee waivers.

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American Airlines

The airline has extended its offer to waive change fees for customers who booked any ticket on or before April 7 for travel through September 30 this year. Passengers are also allowed to amend their origin and destination cities, with travel completed by December 31, 2021.

While all AAdvantage award tickets are included in this offer, customers will have to pay any fare difference at the time of booking of the new fare. The carrier has also extended change fee waivers for its customers who purchase new tickets for flights through May 31 this year.

More information here.

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The U.S. carrier said that its customers can now make changes to or cancel any flights they have booked through the end of the year without fees on or before April 30 this year.

Those who chose to cancel their travel plans can request an Electronic Travel Certificate (ETC) for the full value of their ticket. Meanwhile, the expiration dates for all ETCs have been extended to 24 months from their date of issue.

According to the airline, electronic certificates can be used for travel on United and United Express-operated flights, and United Express-marketed flights operated by other airlines. However, they are not valid for travel on Star Alliance flights or United-marketed flights operated by other airlines.

Currently, United also allows customers who book new trips between March 3 and April 30 for future dates to change their tickets at no cost over the next 12 months.

More information here.

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