American Airlines Flight Change Policy

Passengers may wish to make changes in their flight due to some emergency situations or sudden plan change. With American Airlines, changing flights are very easy and convenient for a passenger. American Airlines provides full assistance in making changes with your booking and flights but they have some policies which a passenger needs to follow for changing a flight with them. The American Airlines Flight Change Policy and flight change fees/charges are mentioned below.

How to Change Flight American Airlines?

Looking to find an answer for “How to change flight American Airlines?”, read below the detailed steps which will help you in understanding the flight change procedure of American Airlines. 

American Airlines Same Day Flight Change:

Any sudden plan change? Don’t worry, you enjoy a hassle-free service of American Airlines same day flight change or standby on different flights but charges a fee for that. 

Passenger will have to pay less penalty for changing a flight reservation to a different time slot on the same day (through same-day flight change or standby) as compared to changing flight for a different day ahead. You can request for the same day flight change through the official website of the American Airlines or the ticket counter of the airlines.

Rules for American Airlines same day flight change:

  Your new flight should:

  • be departing on the same day from/to the same airports as per your original flight.
  • have the same number of stops within the same airports as per your original flight.
  • be operated and marketed by American Airlines or American eagle.
  • Any passenger can standby for an earlier flight, but the airline offers standby for later flights on the same day to only elite status members.
  • Same-day changes and standby depend on the availability of select flights.

Steps for Same Day Flights:

Step 1:

Call upon American Airlines Reservation Department number +1-855-284-6735 and ask the representative for making changes in your flight reservation. The new flight’s departure time should be under 1 to 12 hours from the time you call.

Step 2:

Go to the self-service kiosk or counter of the American airlines if you are already at the airport. Use your credit card or any other personal identification like a passport to activate the kiosk and find your reservation with the airlines. You will be provided with on-screen instructions to change flight according to the availability. The change fee will be applied, It can be paid through a credit/debit card directly at the airport. Get the new boarding pass from the machine.

Step 3:

Talk to any representative of American airlines at their kiosk or counter if you are already at the airport. The representative will provide you with the options of flights for your destination which will be departing in the next 12 hours. The change fee is charged, you can pay this directly to the representative. Collect your new boarding pass.

Steps for Anytime Flights:

Step 1:

Visit the official website of American Airlines and look for the “My Reservations” tab on the homepage of American Airlines.

Step 2:

Login with your account credentials or try to find the flight you want to change through its record locator code. The record locator code consists of six characters and it must be printed don your reservation ticket.

Step 3:

Make the selection for the reservations which you want to change. Click on the “Change Flights” button. If the button gets greyed out or missing, then your flight cannot be changed online and you should contact the American Airlines Reservation Department through the phone.

Step 4:

Now search for a new flight when prompted. Make the selection for your replacement flight and click on “Continue”. Confirm all the changes and pay all the fees charged plus the difference in fares. Print the new boarding pass if the flight departure time is in the next 24 hours.

American Airlines Flight Change Fee:

Below are the different criteria and conditions for American Airlines flight change fee charges. 

Fees by market:

MarketSame-Day Confirmed Change ServiceStandby Service
Puerto Rico, U.S, and the U.S. Virgin Islands$75$75
The Caribbean and Canada$75
Between/through  London Heathrow (LHR) and New York (JFK) $150No

Complimentary Change/Standby:

Passenger / ticket typeConfirmed Change ServiceStandby Service
AAdvantage® Executive Platinum and Platinum Pro status (and companions in the same reservation)YesYes
Unrestricted Economy (Y fare), Business, First, AirPassYesYes
Award tickets: Business, First, AAnytime, MileSAAverYesYes
Gold status and AAdvantage® Platinum ( up to 8 companions under the same reservation)NoYes
Sapphire, oneworld® Emerald, or Ruby status ( up to 8 companions within the same reservation)NoYes
Active U.S. military dependents (on orders only) and active U.S. military personnel (on orders or personal travel)NoYes

How to Change Flight without Fee American Airlines?

There is no fee charged for the same day flight changes but there are some rules to it. You can ask for the changes through the official website of the airlines or by calling on Reservation Department Number. You may also ask for changes through the Airline’s kiosk or counter if you are at the airport only, the representative will help and assist you in all possible ways. 

Conditions for availing free flight change:

  • You should have a first-class, business or unrestricted economy class tickets
  • you should have American Airlines AAdvantage Executive platinum membership
  • the passenger should have Airpass tickets
  • you should have business and first-class award tickets
  • you should have AAnytime and MileSAAvver award tickets

For AAnytime and MileSAAver award tickets, Passengers can use the standby service on an earlier flight between the 50 Puerto Rico,  U.S. states, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for a fee of $75. The alternate reservation should qualify to all standards as for the same-day flight change policy.

The standby fee is also not charged on:

  • Passengers holding Ruby, Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status.
  • The Passengers are active as U.S. military Personnel.
  • The Passengers are active as U.S. military dependents traveling on orders.

2 thoughts on “American Airlines Flight Change Policy

  1. frolep rotrem on Reply

    name change request – my son’s name is incorrect in the itinerary, I have booked the ticket from the travel agent, please assist me how can I correct the spelling of my son’s name? his name is Thomas and I mistakenly used Thamos I have flight on 22 Feb. I am flying from Chicago to Las Vegas. do I need to update the name or it is fine in domestic flights?

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