American has made a modest improvement to their Same-Day Flight Change policy and added the benefit of being able to make same-day flight changes online. The fees remain unchanged.

Beginning 24 hours prior to departure, you can request a same-day flight change on through the check-in window. Just select each passenger who is requesting a flight change and pay the $75* per passenger charge.

There were some reports in the forums that American was waiving the $75 fee for some AAdvantage elites, sources at AA later confirmed that the policy remains the same: AAdvantage elite customers can travel for free on standby, or make a same-day confirmed change for $75.


Here’s a new graphic that briefly explains Same-Day Flight Change options.

Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 10.24.01 AM


Here’s the new option that appears under your reservation.


Go here for more info.

Have a great weekend!

  • Mark said,

    I did a standby yesterday at DCA to JFK. I am gold. It was free.

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Mark – Standby is (and always was) free for elites, it’s the confirmed same-day change that’s $75. That’s what was rumored to have been waived.

    Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading!

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  • Alanea said,

    I did the same day change for $75 last weekend at DCA (at the kiosk). I love the convenience of this!

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Alanea – I like the convenience too. After a long week on the road, $75 to get home early sounds like a bargain! Thanks for the comment. :-)

  • Alex L said,

    Following UA! Now I feel compelled to switch airlines!

  • progapanda said,

    Best use of same day CFC for me so far, switched a cheap EWR-LAX (with upgrade request still pending) flight to a more expensive JFK-LAX flight (but with R inventory), get around the post-Hurrican Sandy mess that were the NJTransit and PATH trains, and instantly clear an upgrade to boot! Worth the 75$!

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Alex L – It’s time to switch! :-)

    @ Ryan – I was lucky and got my salad. My colleague ordered the shrimp and grits and enjoyed them. He even put a small spoonful of the grits on my plate so that I could give them a try… time I’m ordering the shrimp. :-) Thanks for sharing your review!

  • Johny said,

    It is pity that the Airline corporate world has gotten us to a point where we are starting to think that paying $75 more for a ticket that we have already bought is a bargain. What did airline do or spend to get you on standby ? $0

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