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Rivals match United's higher ticket change fee

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It took almost two weeks to happen, but all of three of the U.S. megacarriers will now be charging you $200 to change a plane ticket.

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have both raised their change fees from $150 to $200, though American is confining it to U.S. flights, not flights to Asia, Latin America or Europe.

US Airways almost immediately matched the change fee change at United Airlines early last week; the other carriers did it this week.

Southwest Airlines has not, and still has no change fee, but has instead adopted a new policy of no longer allowing fliers with lower-priced tickets to apply the cost of the ticket on a missed flight toward a future flight.

American is maintaining its Choice Essential and Choice Plus programs, which allow fliers to choose to pay higher base fares in return for the unfettered right to change flights without extra cost.

Vacations can be planned months in advance but business travel is often undertaken at the last minute, with decisions on the road to prolong or shorten stays according to how negotiations or sales are going; therefore, airline industry analysts think business fliers will be affected the most by these changes.

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