Just when we were starting to think about summer travel, encouraged by the leniency airlines have been showing regarding itinerary changes and flight cancellations due to pandemic unpredictability, those frustrating fees are making a comeback.
According to Travel Pulse, Alaska, Delta, and United airlines all reinstated “non-changeable and non-refundable fares” on basic economy tickets at the beginning of the month. American Airlines is also walking back its fare flexibility for basic economy passengers, exempting change fees for international flights departing anywhere outside of North and South America except Asia. This courtesy will be revoked at the end of May. And while it’s still showing leniency for the time being, JetBlue is similarly slated to rescind its accommodating policies on May 31.