How to book flexible flights
Many airlines around the world have agreed – whether temporarily or permanently – to remove change fees and adapt their cancellation policies in response to the uncertainty we’re all experiencing.
Here’s a few airlines with updated change or cancellation policies, making your search for flexible flights easy. Please check sites directly for more information before you book, as cancellation and refund policies are subject to change.
American Airlines removed change fees for domestic, short-haul international and certain long-haul international flights on Premium Cabin, Premium Economy, and Main Cabin fares. This does not apply to Basic Economy fares bought on or after April 1, 2021.
Cancellations can be done by customers online with the option to rebook later. If the new fare is higher, the difference must be paid.
Delta Airlines has removed change fees for all Main Cabin fares or above on flights originating from North America. These fares can also be canceled at no cost – the ticket will become on eCredit to use for flights any time before the ticket expires (usually one year from purchase).
Basic Economy tickets, with a travel date through to December 31, 2021 can be changed with no fee.
United Airlines has permanently removed change fees for most domestic Economy and premium fares as well as for international flights originating in the U.S.
British Airlines lets customers change dates and destinations without a fee. Customers can also cancel flights and claim a voucher for rebooking.
Emirates has extended the validity of their tickets to allow for more flexible travel. Customers who’ve booked before April 1, 2021 for flights on or before May 31, 2022 will have their ticket life extended to 36 months (from original booking date).
For tickets issued after April 1, 2021 the validity period is 24 months. Changes to dates or refunds can be made to these tickets with no charge.