Major airlines have canceled change fees—but a few loopholes could still cost you

Four major U.S. airlines, Alaska, American Airlines, Delta and United, recently announced they were getting rid of a much-reviled travel expense: change fees.

The majority of U.S. airlines typically charge a fee, about $200 for domestic flights on American, Delta and United and $125 on Alaska, when travelers need to change the travel date on non-refundable plane tickets. Southwest was the only U.S. airline that did not charge change fees prior to the recent policy updates. These change fees are levied on top of any difference in price between the previously booked flight and the cost of the new flight, which customers are also responsible for paying.

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