How to Save on Last Minute Travel Changes
In the U.S. the Department of Transportation requires cancellation fees to be waved if a cancellation is made within 24 hours of booking a flight and the reservation is made more than seven days in advance of departure. If you don’t meet that criteria and are still looking to cancel or change your American Airlines flight here are some insights into their policy.
American Airlines Cancellation Fees
American Airlines charges a $200 change fee on domestic fares (unless you purchased a full-fare refundable ticket) and all the way up to $750 for international flights. Same-day changes are $75-$150 in economy and free for business and first-class passengers.
There are a few exceptions to avoid American Airline’s cancellation fees:
Cancel Within 24 Hours of Purchase: Free
Scheduling Change of 61 Minute or More: If American Airline’s makes a schedule change to your flight that’s greater than 60 minutes they will wave any cancellation or flight change fees.
Death of Traveling Companion: American Airline’s will wave cancellation fees in this instance, but may require supporting documents.
Military: If there’s a change in military duty American Airline’s will wave flight cancellation fees, but will require supporting documents.
Your Credit Card’s Price Protection
If you can’t get your American Airlines fee waved for flight cancellation there’s still hope. Many credit cards offer trip protection or insurance if you purchased your ticket with their card.
Some cards have strict criteria for reimbursing flight cancellation fees, such as necessity from injury, illness, or natural disaster. Others, such as the American Express Platinum card, will give you an annual credit that can be used against any airline fees: flight cancellations, baggage fees, and in-flight meals.