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How do international change fees work, and is it possible for me to benefit if price falls?
Let’s say I book a RT international flight on American from MIA to LIM (economy) several months out for $700. My plans change, and I decide I want to leave a week earlier.
First of all, its unclear to me exactly what my change fee would be, as I’m reading that its $200 for domestic and UP TO $750 for international, which would be more than the cost of my RT flight. So my question is, what criteria would my change fee be based on? Is it possible to know what I would be charged if I needed to change my flight (either on the departing or arriving leg, or both), before buying the ticket?
Second, I understand that I would owe the change fee, plus any difference in price. But what if the RT trip on the new date I would like to change to is cheaper than the original fare I paid? So as an example, lets say the price of the RT flight on the new date is $600. Would the $100 difference play in my favor, and reduce the amount I owe for my change fee?
So generally you would be charged the change fee + the difference in fare. Also, the change fee depends on what fare you booked. If there is a negative difference in change fee (which hasn’t happended to me before FYI), I doubt they will “discount” the change fee. This is different to mileage tickets where you may be refunded the extra miles if you change your ticket which costs less.