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United Airlines has made important changes to its flight change policy because of the coronavirus pandemic. United has made a permanent change to its policy and removed the fees for changing standard Economy (excluding Basic Economy), Economy Plus, United First, United Business, and United Premium Plus tickets when you’re traveling.

  • Throughout the United States
  • between Mexico or the Caribbean and the United States 
  • on overseas planes of American origins.

Tips Related Flight Change

  • Within 24 hours of purchase, all United Airlines tickets (even those for Basic Economy) may be canceled for a full refund.
  • If your flight is within the United States or if it is an international flight departing from the United States, there will be no change charge (even for award tickets). 
    • This applies to all Economy (except Basic) and Premium Cabin tickets. 
    • But you will need to pay the fare difference if your new ticket is more expensive. 
  • You can change the following tickets without paying a change fee: 
    • Tickets for Basic Economy must be issued by April 30, 2021.
    • International tickets in both Standard Economy and Premium cabins must be issued by January 31, 2022. 
  • Basic Economy tickets can now be canceled for a trip refund that can be used at a later date: 
    • On domestic flights for USD 49.50 (one-way) and USD 99 (round-trip).
    • On international flights for USD 99.50 (one-way) and USD 199 (round-trip). 

The amount of travel credit you will receive is the price of your ticket minus the fee for canceling. You can use this credit to travel at a later time.

  • Travel credits, including electronic travel certificates, usually have an expiration date of one year from the date they are issued. The expiration date for travel credits and electronic certificates that were set to expire on or before December 31, 2022, has been extended to December 31, 2023.
  • You have the option to change your flight multiple times, but you will need to pay the fare difference each time you make a change.
  • If you’re unsure about when you want to travel again, you don’t have to immediately select a new flight. You have the option to choose a flight credit, which you must use within one year from the date your original ticket was issued.
  • If the cost of your new flight is lower, you may receive a credit for the difference in price towards a future flight, as long as the rules of your fare allow it.
  • Traveling for free or at a discounted rate through rewards or loyalty programs. If you have an award ticket for Economy or Premium Economy, you can change your flight without any fees if you are traveling within the U.S. or internationally from the U.S.
  • If you received travel credit for a flight you booked with a travel agency, you must use the credit with that same travel agency.
  • You no longer have to pay a fee to change to an earlier flight on the same day.
  • MileagePlus Premier members can change to an earlier flight without paying any extra fees.
  • If you buy group fares through United’s Group Desk, you may still have to pay a fee if you want to make changes to your booking.

United Airlines Flight Cancel Policy

United Airlines Flight Cancellation Policy – Air travel can be difficult for many people. The conditions they face are so severe that flights may be canceled. Today, we are discussing a similar issue and you can relate to it if you have experienced a similar situation.  Canceling a booking with United Flights is cool and flexible. 

24-Hour Flight Change Policy

The 24-hour flight change policy of United Airlines is like their 24-hour cancellation policy. You can make changes to your reservations within 24 hours of booking without any fees, as long as you bought your ticket at least 7 days before your trip. This policy is for all tickets except Basic Economy.

United Airlines Change Fee and Cost

Fare Type

Change Fee

Basic Economy tickets

You have the option to cancel your flight and receive a credit for future travel. However, please note that there may be cancellation charges involved. The cost for a one-way domestic flight is $49.50 in USD. The cost of a one-way international flight is USD 99.50.

Non-refundable tickets


Refundable tickets


Award tickets


Flight Change Policy for Basic Economy Tickets 

United Airlines has a policy that does not allow you to make changes to a Basic Economy ticket, even if it’s within the 24-hour window. The easiest option is to cancel your ticket within 24 hours for free and then purchase a new one. 

You also have the option to cancel your ticket and receive flight credit instead. However, please note that there will be a cancellation fee.

  • USD 49.50 per one-way domestic flight 
  • USD 99.50 per one-way international flight

Flight Change Policy for Non-Refundable Tickets

United Airlines has updated its policy for changing flights. Now, you can change a ticket that is not eligible for a refund without having to pay any additional fees. But you may need to pay extra if the fare is higher. 

If you need to make a change on the same day, United Airlines will apply a charge. 

  • If you are a general or Silver-tier member, the cost is $75 in USD.
  • If you are a Gold, Platinum, or 1K member, you don’t have to pay anything.

Flight Change Policy for Refundable Tickets 

If you have a refundable ticket with United Airlines, you can make changes without having to pay any fees. However, if you are switching to a more expensive ticket, you will need to pay the extra amount. If you decide to switch to a less expensive option, the difference in fare will be given back to you either as a refund to your original payment method or as a flight credit that you can use for a future trip. This will depend on the fare conditions of your ticket. 

Flight Change Policy & Fees for MileagePlus Award Tickets

The fee for changing award travel tickets has been removed for:

  • You need to make a new deposit at least 31 days before your departure.

  • Travel starting in the United States within 30 days of the departure date.

The fee for changing an international award travel ticket that doesn’t start in the U.S. within 30 days of the flight is:

  • USD 125 for General members. 

  • USD 100 for Premier Silver members. 

  • USD 75 for Premier Gold members. 

  • USD 50 for Premier Platinum members. 

  • USD 0 for Premier 1K members.  

Method to Change a Flight on United Airlines 

You can change the time, date, or location of your United Airlines trip by phone or online. If you buy your ticket straight from United, you can make changes online.

Follow the steps below to change your flight’s date, time, or place online:

  • Check out United.com. 
  • Choose Manage My Trips from the top part of the ticket box. 
  • Enter your ticket number and last name to get to your trip. 
  • Choose the schedule you want to handle.
  • Choose “Change flight,” and then click “Edit to:
    • Change Time, Change Place, Cancel Flight, and More
  • To choose a new flight, simply click on the “Continue” button. 
  • Please continue with your booking to confirm your updated travel plans.


Is there a fee to change my United Airlines ticket?

No, United Airlines has removed change fees for most ticket types, including Economy and Premium Cabin tickets.

Can I cancel my ticket for a full refund within 24 hours of purchase?

Yes, all United Airlines tickets, including Basic Economy, can be canceled for a full refund within 24 hours of purchase.

Can I change my flight multiple times?

Yes, you can change your flight multiple times, but you’ll need to pay the fare difference each time.

Are Basic Economy tickets eligible for changes?

No, Basic Economy tickets cannot be changed. You can cancel for credit, but there will be a cancellation fee.

How can I change my flight with United Airlines?

You can change your flight online at United.com or by phone. If purchased directly from United, online changes are available.

Can i travel with my pet on united airlines?

Yes, you can there are some condition for pet travel. You must aware about rules and fees about united airlines pet policy

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