On Orders from The Jeff, United Raises Domestic Change Fee to $200

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  1. HeathrowGuy
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    The Jeff's will is beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, and must never be questioned. As such, United has raised the fee for changes to domestic tickets to $200.
     
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    Source? I haven't seen anything on this yet. I tried to change a booking and it's still showing 150.00.

    What date is the effective?
     
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    Look at making domestic bookings from about July 1st onwards.
     
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    I see that in the fare rules, but nothing is represented on the web page yet.

    Oh I'd love to know when they are going to announce this one. It's bad enough that summer travel ticket prices are up, but now a higher change fee.

    To be fair, for me, changes are mostly business related (which I obviously don't pay). I seldom (does not mean never) change my personal tickets.

    Now since this was in the fare rules, would that indicate that for tickets already purchased, the old 150 fee is still valid? Can UA change the fare rules on already booked tickets? I thought they could not.

    The last time change fees were modified was 2008 from 100 to 150.00 -- so it's now 5 years later so they think they can get more $$$.

    Let's see how quickly DL, US, and AA match. If they don't I wonder if UA will keep this.
     
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    Tickets follow rules in place at time of purchase.
     
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    So for me then I booked a ton of tickets (personal) so the 150 would stick for those resvs.
     
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    are there any Smisek's supporters left?
    How can you speak about better cu$tomer Servi$e in his "leading airline of the world" and yet dissing most elite frequent flyers ... show up on every "welcome" inflight flick with such arrogant face.
    pricele$$ !!!
    yeah, sure lets have more fees and increase all other charges. Somehow he has to show a profit to get his bonus back.
     
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    So let me get this right. UA wants $200. Southwest has no change fees. Who should I book with domestically for anything not finalized?
     
  9. unavaca
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    Southwest doesn't do standby or SDC without upfaring to full-Y. I'd rather keep my cheapo ticket on UA with the ability to standby or SDC.
     
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    Let me be blunt and ask a very sincere question. What do you value most in your air travel?

    If minimizing change fees is your number one priority, then your answer may very well be to book with Southwest. There are plenty of folks on this board, myself included, who can justify loyalty to a particular airline/hotel chain/rental car company/shoe brand/bathroom stall for a variety of reasons that may (not) be completely rational. If you don't use SDC, E+, mileage earning/redemption, CPU/RPU/GPU/Teleportation, or some other benefits that come with flying a specific airline then it really becomes an academic exercise.
     
  11. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I have cancelled tickets twice in my nearly 950k million miler miles with UA. Both times relatively short-haul flights. Once because idiot me had booked the wrong date by a month. Second time because a snow storm at my destination (didn't affect airport) made it pointless to go there.

    In general, my plans don't change enough to require flight changes. $150 or $200 doesn't matter to me. I'd bet if you went to the airport and asked the average traveler if their ticket was changeable, they'd say no.
     
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    One question is the impact on same day change fees. Another is whether it riles the Justice Dept which might see it as indicating a lack of competition in the airline industry.
     
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    How would one airline changing a fee be seen as anti-competitive? :confused:
     
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    Department of Justice is reviewing US Air's merger with American. Critics have suggested dropping from four airlines to 3 would make it easier for airlines to raise fare and fees without any push back from competitors. The question is whether Justice might view United's fee hike as prima facie evidence.
     
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    "Hello Department of Justice, this is $MI/J. I have some changes coming, I think you will like them."
     
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    I wish there was some international carrier with the same policies as Southwest
     
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    Ryan Air? Oh wait... :p
     
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    I remember once flying WN from ONT to SFO. Got to the airport early. There was an earlier flight that hadn't even boarded yet. I asked if I could switch to that. Sure. That will be $125 (ballpark from memory). Getting home an hour earlier wasn't worth $125 to me.
     
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    I was referring to the change fees. The change fees on most international tickets are $250 to $350. (The lowest I know is $25 for SQ) It becomes difficult if the plans cannot be finalized. At least for domestic tickets, one-ways cost half of roundtrip. For international, one-way cost the same or even more than round-trip
     
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    In cases where I am booking a somewhat speculative ticket I try to use miles with my primary carrier, UA, where 1K status gives me free award changes or cancellations.
     
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    There is such a thing anymore?
     
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    Yes, like $200 tickets between LAX/SFO and NYC.
     
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    This is absolutely not universally true on all carriers.
     
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    Yes, this is highly market + carrier dependent. Where there's strong competition on a route pricing tends to be one-way, but on other routes the lowest fares are typically round-trip.
     
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    I believe the OP was referring to WN, where this is generally true.
     

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