When Delta, United, American, Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines each recently announced that they were doing away with change fees, the world ate it up like candy. Sure, Southwest never had charged change fees to begin with. But when 5 other airlines said they were doing away with them forever (when you KNOW won’t be forever; it wasn’t even for all flights), it was NEWS and could make all kinds headlines like “Airlines No Longer Charging Change Fee”!
Of course, Delta, American, Alaska and Hawaiian all already have plans to reinstate change fees on their respective versions of basic economy tickets in a few months; perhaps as early as January 1st. Sooo…so much for those “we’re doing away with change fees” advertising. Heck, United didn’t even include their flavor of Basic Economy in their original announcement.
And then you have JetBlue.
Late last week, JetBlue announced they were going to extend their temporary COVID waiver on all change and cancellation fees (including Basic Blue, which is their version of Basic Economy) from October 15 through February 28, 2021. However they make no promises beyond then.
Instead, according to a JetBlue spokesperson, a change might come to their fare structure. She wouldn’t give any more information, other than it would be unique to their brand.
I guess we’ll hear more about that when they’re ready to tell us. But until then, which is better…the airlines that say they won’t charge for something even though everyone knows they eventually will? Or the one that says they won’t charge for something but eventually will? Kind of six of one, half a dozen of the other, no?
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