United Airlines has added Mexico and the Caribbean to its list of destinations which will no longer incur change fees for modifying flight reservations.
Untied Airlines “Permanently” Eliminates Mexico + Caribbean Change Fees
Last month, United became the first carrier in the USA to “permanently” eliminate change fees on all domestic flights, including to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. American and Delta promptly match. In fact, American Airlines went even further by including Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean in its new permanent change fee waiver.
United has now partially matched American and eliminated change fees on flights to the Caribbean and Mexico. Consequently, the following destinations will no longer carry change fees on most fares:
- Continental U.S.
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- The Caribbean
The following fare categories will not incur change fees:
- Premium Plus
- United First
- United Business
Only Basic Economy will be excluded because Basic Economy fares cannot be changed in the first place.
Same-day standby will also be permitted to/from the these destinations on all fares but Basic Economy.
Why Not Canada?
So why not Canada? After all, American Airlines is waiving change fees to Canada as well. I have to imagine it has less to do with United and more to do with Air Canada. United and Air Canada closely partner and offer many codeshare routes between cities.
Perhaps to avoid consumer confusion or uneven expectations, Canada is currently not on the list. Can you imagine the confusion of a person booking a round-trip to Toronto on United with one direction operated by an Air Canada codeshare, then trying to change it only to be told it was not possible?
Hopefully Air Canada and United can work out a plan to eventually waive change fees on these flights as well.
United Airlines has expanded its change fee waiver to Mexico and the Caribbean. Keep in mind that through the end of the year, there are still no change fees on any fare to any destination.
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