We’re always looking for ways to avoid paying fees whenever possible, but some are unavoidable. After United announced a cancellation and change fee hike most major airlines have followed suit. The recent flurry of fee increases means that if you want to cancel or change your ticket you better be ready to fork over $200. With American Airlines joining United, Delta, and US Airways, almost all the major airlines have increased the fee from $150 to $200.
The fee increase for flight cancellation applies to domestic flights within the United States, flights, to and from Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, South and Central American, as well as the Caribbean and Virgin Islands. This fee increase does not apply for international flights, which already typically charges $200 for flight cancellation.
If the increase or cancellation fee in general is something that you’re concerned about, then there are some tactics that you can attempt to avoid the fees. One way to avoid the fee is by checking your schedule. If your airline makes ANY adjustment to your flight schedule, call in to the airline and let them know that the adjustment will cause an inconvenience and/or not work with your schedule. Then ask them to change the flight for the one that you want and politely yet assertively ask them to waive the change fee. You can also purchase a ‘cancel for any reason insurance’, which would be especially wise if you are traveling with the whole family and risk paying the new $200 fourfold or more.