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Domestic Same Day Confirmed Flight Change / SDC / CFC / "Standby"
N.B. Different than "standby"


N.B. This thread relates to domestic changes only, for international same day changes see this thread.


The price to confirm same day flight change is now $75*: (free for EXPs as of 1/1/15)
http://www.aa.com/aa/pubcontent/en_U...eDayTravel.jsp


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Same-Day Flight Changes

Did you know you can change your domestic flight† and get a confirmed seat for a $75 (non-refundable) charge? The option is available on all fares in the Main Cabin. For $75 you can confirm a seat on a different flight as long as the alternate flight:

1. Has the same origin AND destination
2. Is the same calendar day of departure
3. Has eligible seats available ("E" fare inventory)

We continue to offer the same-day stand by option for an earlier or later domestic flight for select customers at no charge. See above link for list of select customers.

We now have four convenient options to make same-day flight changes:

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

2. Over the Phone: Beginning 24 hours prior to departure, you can call Reservations and our agents will provide information for available flights departing on the same day as your original flight. The non-refundable $75 charge can be paid over the phone via credit card.

Once you arrive at the airport, you can check in for your new flight at Curbside Check-In, Self-Service Check-In, or our ticket counter.

3. At a Check-In Kiosk: Beginning 12 hours prior to departure, the Self-Service Check-In machines will provide a list of available flights for the same day as your original flight. Just choose the flight, pay the non-refundable $75 charge, and complete the check-in process. You will receive a boarding pass for your newly confirmed flight and a receipt for the charge.

4. At the Ticket Counter: Beginning 24 hours prior to departure, our agents can provide a list of available flights for the same day as your original flight. Just choose the flight and pay the non-refundable $75 charge. You will receive a boarding pass for your newly confirmed flight and a receipt for the charge.

Same-day flight changes are subject to Terms and Conditions.

†Available for flights in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and the Caribbean on American Airlines, American Eagle® and AmericanConnection®.

*Note: 1.Passengers traveling on unrestricted Y fares and AAdvantage AAnytime travel awards have the flexibility to change flight arrangements at no charge. Passengers traveling on AAdvantage MileSAAver awards continue to have the flexibility to change the date/time of their flights at no charge, provided award seats are available on the desired flight. If award seats are not available on the desired flight, you may obtain a confirmed seat on the same day by paying the $75 charge.
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Passengers traveling on unrestricted Y fares and AAdvantage AAnytime travel awards have the flexibility to change flight arrangements at no charge. Passengers traveling on AAdvantage MileSAAver awards continue to have the flexibility to change the date/time of their flights at no charge, provided award seats are available on the desired flight. If award seats are not available on the desired flight, you may obtain a confirmed seat on the same day by paying the $75 charge.

Customers who purchased a Choice Plus fare have the flexibility to change one flight at no charge, provided seats are available on the desired flight.
Looking for more information? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

†Available for flights in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and the Caribbean on American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection®.

* Same-day flight change charges are non-refundable. Same-day standby charges are automatically refunded if you are not accommodated on the standby flight.
. . . N.B. Inventory must be available in "E" bucket in order for Confirmed Flight Change to be offered

Link to aa.com Same Day Flight Change policy

Link to aa.com Same Day Travel Changes / SDFC and Standby FAQ

Archive of previous terms and conditions: http://web.archive.org/web/201405221...mers/sd-tc.jsp




Nuances and Loose Rules
Now for the hard part: figuring out where the flexibility is in the rules. This list is compiled from the responses to people saying "Can I do X?" where X is something that is not clearly permitted by the rules. One's likelihood of success here depends a bit on the method used for the SDC. (Note: this is a work in progress and your contributions/corrections are appreciated!)

For each item, the following codes apply:
Y = possible using any method
A = possible using an agent (phone/counter), perhaps having to HUACA
A* = mixed reports of success with an agent (phone/counter)
N* = possible only if you find a very accommodating agent
N = little or no reported success.
  • Violating various non-routing fare rules (day/time, minimum stay, etc.): A* (see post 1020)
  • Change to flight with no E fares available (day/time, minimum stay, etc.): A* (see [http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25099215-post1111.html"]post 1111[/url])
  • Change destination to an entirely different place: N
  • Change destination to a co-terminal (e.g. LGA -> JFK): A* (see post 1081, post 1114 & this blog post )
  • Change destination to ultra-close airport non-coterminal airport (e.g. JFK-> LGA): ??
  • Change itinerary at the beginning to include illegal layovers (> 4 hours): ??
  • Change itinerary at the layover point (using kiosk, app, or agent) to create an otherwise illegal layover: ??
  • Change itinerary at the beginning to add a layover point not permitted by the routing rules: ??
  • Change itinerary at a layover point to add another layover not permitted (either in terms of number of segments or routing rules) by the routing rules: ??
  • Change to a flight exactly 24 hours before or after the original flight: ??
  • Change to a flight exactly 24 hours before the original flight, if the previous day's flight has been delayed: Y (based on one report)
  • Combining separately-fared segments to do SDC (e.g. XXX-YYY+YYY-ZZZ -> XXX-ZZZ): ??
  • Change AA-codeshare, non-AA-metal segment to AA metal: ??
  • Change from AA metal to AA-codeshare, non-AA-metal segment: ??
  • Change from AA-codeshare, non-AA-metal segment to a different AA-codeshare, non-AA-metal segment: ??
  • Change on a non-AA ticketed segment: A* (see post 1017 & post 1018)
  • Change from an upgraded flight into Y on the new flight: A
  • Change from a CPU-upgraded flight and get confirmed into available space on the new flight: ??
  • Change from an instrument-upgraded flight and get confirmed into available space on the new flight: ??
  • Non-elite on different PNR benefiting from EXP's waived-fee SDC: ??

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Old May 7, 08, 11:24 am   #1
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Domestic Same Day Confirmed Flight Change / SDC / CFC / "Standby" (consolidated)

The price to confirm same day flight change is now $75*:
http://www.aa.com/aa/pubcontent/en_U...eDayTravel.jsp

*this post was edited to replace the now obsolete $50** with the current $75 (Jan 7 2012)

**this post was edited to replace the now obsolete $35 to the current $50

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Old May 7, 08, 11:50 am   #2
 
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Bound to happen, the way things are going.

Still not too bad a deal if you need to make a change, plus standby is still free. DL is charging $50 and must be within three hours, instead of 12 hours allowed by AA.
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Old May 7, 08, 11:57 am   #3
 
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I'm surprised there was no press release or "news" page posting...was AA hoping to "slip it in" without anyone noticing?
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Old May 7, 08, 11:57 am   #4
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I agree that it's a relatively good value. However, IMO, it lost some of its appeal with the change in how upgrades are prioritized.

Previously, I would only consider the same day confirmed flight change if I wanted to later request an upgrade for an earlier flight (presumably, if the confirmed same day flight change is available then it's likely I could standby for free and get on). Now, since upgrades are based on original request time, it doesn't make much sense for me to confirm standby for an earlier flight... too much risk of not being able to then upgrade.

YMMY

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Old May 7, 08, 2:40 pm   #5
 
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And you can still get them for free with the right fares so on deep discount there has to be a cost or nobody would pay for the right fares.
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Old May 7, 08, 2:47 pm   #6
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I haven't used this yet anyway but this sure isn't going to make me use it any quicker on Nickel and dime airline
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Old May 7, 08, 3:04 pm   #7
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And you can still get them for free with the right fares so on deep discount there has to be a cost or nobody would pay for the right fares.
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I haven't used this yet anyway but this sure isn't going to make me use it any quicker on Nickel and dime airline
I think ricktoronto's point is made here. People want to pay for the cheap fares, and yet have flexibility with no fees associated. And, when fees are associated with the cheap fares, it gets termed "nickel and diming."

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Old May 7, 08, 3:17 pm   #8
 
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Still, when one books on a cheap fare and wants the comfort of a confirmed seat on an earlier flight, the $35 is a hell lot of cheaper than a full fare.

Well worth to me when its a rainy Miami day and I just want to get back to NYC earlier.
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Old May 7, 08, 4:55 pm   #9
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Still, when one books on a cheap fare and wants the comfort of a confirmed seat on an earlier flight, the $35 is a hell lot of cheaper than a full fare.

Well worth to me when its a rainy Miami day and I just want to get back to NYC earlier.
I agree. I am in Miami right now after paying for the confirmed nonstop to SFO
It was the only one of my SFO-SJU runs that forced me to go to ORD to get the cheap fare. I called at about 9 AM this morning for the 8:05 PM flight.
My card is showing a $25 authorization pending. I guess I slipped by.
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Old May 7, 08, 6:08 pm   #10
 
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Anyone know for sure what AA considers and eligible seat? as in: "If eligible seats are available within 12 hours of departure of alternate flights for your same itinerary, your flight change can be confirmed"
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I think ricktoronto's point is made here. People want to pay for the cheap fares, and yet have flexibility with no fees associated. And, when fees are associated with the cheap fares, it gets termed "nickel and diming."

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Yes exactly.. its nickel and diming..

$15 to use the phone on something I can't do over the internet
$15 to go to an airline ticket counter
$75 or whatever it is to make an award less then 21 days (even If I don't interact with someone)
$15 or whatever to change a seat not made on AA.com
$3 for chips
$2 for a bottle of water that I can't bring thru security
$25 for a 2nd bag
$35 to confirm an already open seat the same day
$300 to copay with my miles I already earned

not sure on the dollars written as I avoid giving any airline a penny more than I have to

this all after I've paid for my ticket with money or miles

I'm sure I've forgotten some but that was just off the top of my head
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Yes exactly.. its nickel and diming..
Good thing the grass is always greener...
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The confirmed fee also allows a LATER flight the same day. Obviously you can't just standby for a LATER flight. Unless you have a flat tire I have no problem with paying $35 for this.
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Obviously you can't just standby for a LATER flight. Unless you have a flat tire I have no problem with paying $35 for this.
Well, yes you can. But it is riskier to standby after your scheduled flight has departed. I agree that especially in that situation the $35 is worth the peace of mind.
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Bound to happen, the way things are going.

Still not too bad a deal if you need to make a change, plus standby is still free. DL is charging $50 and must be within three hours, instead of 12 hours allowed by AA.
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Anyone know for sure what AA considers and eligible seat? as in: "If eligible seats are available within 12 hours of departure of alternate flights for your same itinerary, your flight change can be confirmed"
This is the flipside of the difference between AA's policy and DL's. On DL, any unsold seat is yours. On AA, you need to have quite a few seats (at least 6 or 7 IME) available for sale before you can do a CFC.
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Yes exactly.. its nickel and diming..

$15 to use the phone on something I can't do over the internet
$15 to go to an airline ticket counter
$75 or whatever it is to make an award less then 21 days (even If I don't interact with someone)
$15 or whatever to change a seat not made on AA.com
$3 for chips
$2 for a bottle of water that I can't bring thru security
$25 for a 2nd bag
$35 to confirm an already open seat the same day
$300 to copay with my miles I already earned

not sure on the dollars written as I avoid giving any airline a penny more than I have to

this all after I've paid for my ticket with money or miles

I'm sure I've forgotten some but that was just off the top of my head
I guess you'd rather have all of the above be free and pay $800 for LGA-MIA in the back? If so, you're in the vast minority. I don't love the fees, but I understand the reasons for them.

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Good thing the grass is always greener...
Indeed.
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