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United, US Airways boost ticket change fee to $200

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:39 p.m. HST, Apr 24, 2013

Changing an airline ticket is getting more expensive at US Airways and United Airlines.

Last week United quietly boosted the fee to change a ticket in advance to $200, from $150. A spokesman for United Continental Holdings Inc. says the fee helps cover the cost to the airline when a traveler gives up a reserved seat.

On Wednesday US Airways did the same thing. The website for US Airways Group Inc. also shows that the airline now charges up to $300 to change some international tickets.

The airlines also make travelers pay the higher fare if they switch to a more expensive flight.

Fees for changing tickets and for baggage have become a major source of revenue for the biggest U.S. airlines, although Southwest doesn't charge to change a ticket.

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mcc wrote:
I think there is a contest between banks and airlines to see who can charge more fees. This is why we need to regulate these industries.
on April 24,2013 | 02:14PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
And UHERO would classify this as ecomomic growth.
on April 24,2013 | 02:14PM
PokeStop wrote:
What a bunch of scammers United and U.S. Air have come to be. It doesn't cost $50 more today versus 2 years ago to change/cancel a flight! I don't buy the "reserved seat" rationale either. Aren't all seats reserved on a flight? The Unfriendly Skies of United!
on April 24,2013 | 02:17PM
downeykp wrote:
At what point does this industry need to be re-regulated? They can't make money so they charge for everything. What next, charging for toilets or for how much air you breathe on a flight?
on April 24,2013 | 03:40PM
false wrote:
Charging by weight seems perfect to me. Let the porkies pay more, just like vehicle road tax.
on April 24,2013 | 04:54PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
United charges $200 if you want/need to change your flight? How about when they shuffle your flight around? Recently when family came over on vacation United changed their return flight 3 times in the 3 days prior to their departure! They were booked on the lastest flight going out then was switched to one departing in the morning which pretty much put the big screw into plans for their last day, then got switched to one departing about 8pm which at least allowed more time for their last day and the day before their departure they were again switched to a flight leaving late afternoon. Moral of the story? Fly ABU = ANYONE BUT UNITED!!!!
on April 24,2013 | 04:42PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Delta just changed my flight. Where's my 200 bucks?
on April 24,2013 | 04:44PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Sorry only works the other way. Funny how that works, huh? According to Travel and Leisure Airlines with most complaints #1 United #2 US Air #3 Continental now they're all one Airline..."we are legion for we are many". Flash the cross and just walk away man.
on April 24,2013 | 04:53PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Funny how that works isn't it? You want or need to change your flight and they charge you $200, if United overbooks and want's to change your flight they do so regardless of your plans with no recompense.
on April 24,2013 | 04:46PM
vapors wrote:
Cover the cost to the airline when a passenger cancels the seat? HUH? Last I know the seat goes back into inventory and more than likely at a higher fare now for someone else to pay. So to cover the cost to the airline because of the cancelled seat is PURE B.S.!!! Check again because that cancelled seat just made a $200 profit!
on April 24,2013 | 06:32PM
808comp wrote:
United was bad before the merger,but got worst after they merged with Continental.
on April 24,2013 | 06:35PM
yrusodz wrote:
People may complain but the continue to fly United.
on April 24,2013 | 07:15PM
localguy wrote:
Not a problem. Don't get mad, get even. Fly Southwest with no change or cancel fees. Wow, a professional airline among a sea of rookie managed airlines.
on April 24,2013 | 09:21PM
fstop wrote:
The airlines also make travelers pay the higher fare if they switch to a more expensive flight.

So you should get a refund if you switch to a less expensive flight, right? Don't hold your breath!

on April 24,2013 | 11:59PM
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