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Alaska Airlines eliminates change fees


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Alaska Airlines is the latest U.S. carrier to eliminate change fees long-term.

But unlike competitors United, Delta and American, Alaska is getting rid of its $125 fee for all international flights as well as on its domestic network.

As with those carriers, however, the fee will still apply to Alaska’s basic economy product, which Alaska calls Saver fares.

“Covid has taught us that flexibility in travel is key,” chief commercial officer Andrew Harrison said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “As we evolve our approach to travel to include more than 100 safety actions, it’s important to give our guests flexibility when they book by eliminating change fees.”

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Alaska’s international network is modest, having featured just more than a dozen locations in Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica before the pandemic.

American too has ended most change fees on short-haul international travel, but it is continuing them for its transoceanic network as well as for South American flights.

Alaska didn’t say on Tuesday how long customers who decide not to travel have to use their travel credit.

Changes remain free on Saver tickets purchased through Dec. 31 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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