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Change fee revenue totaled $2.6 billion last year, up more than 7 percent. Major legacy carriers including American recently hiked their change fees from $150 to $200—and that’s just for domestic flights. Rearranging an international itinerary can incur a $300 charge on US Airways—an eye-popping amount that has caught the attention of Senator Charles Schumer, who is calling on airlines to reverse the recent hike.

Tip: If your plans look tentative, shop around for all fare classes; some more expensive base fares will have more flexibility should you need to make an adjustment. Southwest is still free of change fees.

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Ticket Change Fee

Change fee revenue totaled $2.6 billion last year, up more than 7 percent. Major legacy carriers including American recently hiked their change fees from $150 to $200—and that’s just for domestic flights. Rearranging an international itinerary can incur a $300 charge on US Airways—an eye-popping amount that has caught the attention of Senator Charles Schumer, who is calling on airlines to reverse the recent hike.

Tip: If your plans look tentative, shop around for all fare classes; some more expensive base fares will have more flexibility should you need to make an adjustment. Southwest is still free of change fees.

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