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"Domestic" Same Day Confirmed Flight Change / SDFC / SDC / CFC / "Standby"
"AA Domestic" here includes Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean


N.B. Different than "standby"; see link.

NOTE CHANGED POLICY: As of 15 January 2016 the SDFC option will be limited to alternate flights only if they follow the same origin, destination, and also SAME CONNECTION POINT. Other rules seem to be unchanged as far as available 24-hours before, no charge to EXP, no co-terminals allowed, and slight overlap to calendar date limitation for late night may be possible.

NOTE 1 re PreCheck / KTN: For an unknown reason, going on to SDFC will delete or eliminate your Known Traveler number for the record, so your PreCheck will likely not be granted. You'll have to call or have the ticket counter restore it.

NOTE 2 re Upgrades. On SDFC, for e500 or EXP UDU the original upgradecrequest time stamp remains on the upgrade request; with SWU,you will get a new time of request time stamp. (It's useful not to check in for ~10 minutes after you SDFC or you may find yourself in a pickle with upgradecrequests.)

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


Link to American Airlines' current policy on Same Day Flight Change and detailed Terms and Conditions

Link AA FAQ - Same Day Flight Change

Link to archived posts made before the recent changes

The price to confirm same day flight change is now $75* (free for EXPs and others as shown in "Complimentary..." below as of 1 Jan 2015):
http://www.aa.com/aa/pubcontent/en_U...eDayTravel.jsp


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 for all fares)

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.



Complimentary confirmed flight change (Link)

Get a complimentary same-day confirmed flight change with:
  • Unrestricted Economy Class (Y fare), Business or First Class tickets
  • American Airlines AAdvantage® Executive Platinum status and companions in same record
  • AirPass® membership
  • First and Business Class award tickets
  • MileSAAver® & AAnytime® award tickets
  • Choice Plus fares

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Originally Posted by ThreeJulietTango View Post
...If the original flight leaves between 8 PM and midnight, you can SDFC to flights leaving from midnight to 2 AM on the following calendar day (but still the same night) and vice versa. This was revised around the same time that the routing/coterminal restrictions were added in July.

Keep in mind that reservations and airport agents may be looking at slightly different references...
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 for Confirmed Flight Change to be offered

Link to AA Same Day Confirmed Flight a Change Terms and Conditions

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
  • )
  • Change routing with E avails but keep same number of connections, i.e BOS-ORD-LAX to BOS-DFW-LAX ??
  • 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: ??
  • SDFC on an award: ??

ARCHIVE of AA FAQ and previous detail of SDFC:
Wayback Machine, 5 captures, 22 Jan 14 - 10 Apr 15
Link

Same-Day Flight Change Terms and Conditions

  • Same-Day Flight Change is only available on flights operated and marketed by American Airlines, or marketed by American Airlines and operated by American Eagle or American Connection® carriers
  • Same-Day Flight Change will be offered to eligible passengers beginning 24 hours prior to departure through the check-in window. Eligibility shall be determined based on, but not limited to, the following factors: AAdvantage or oneworld® elite status membership, purchased fare class, ticketing status and purchase history
  • Same-Day Flight Change is subject to availability of eligible inventory
  • Same-Day Flight Change is non-transferable
  • Passengers who purchase Same-Day Flight Change and are unable to use it due to an involuntary routing change, flight cancellation, or missed connection due to a late incoming flight are eligible for a refund. The refund will be automatically initiated by American Airlines on the passenger's behalf.
  • Passengers who are late for a flight for reasons other than those listed above are not eligible for a refund of the Same-Day Flight Change
  • Passengers that have purchased a Same-Day Flight Change will not receive a refund if the price decreases, nor incur a charge if the price increases
  • Any refund request will be fully refunded, or denied. There will be no partial refunds of a Same-Day Flight Change.
  • Refunds of Same-Day Flight Change will be made to the original form of payment
  • Purchases made in cash will be refunded via check
  • Refund requests must be received within 365 days of the original Same-Day Flight Change purchase
  • Same-Day Flight Change reservations are subject to cancellation unless passengers have checked in and obtained a boarding pass within the check-in window. Passengers must be present at the departure gate and ready to board at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to retain their reservations.
  • American Airlines expressly reserves the right in its absolute discretion to discontinue Same-Day Flight Change at any time. American Airlines will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by a purchaser resulting from such refusal, cancellation or denial
  • American Airlines reserves the right to remove any passenger for inappropriate behavior, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Such passengers will not be entitled to a refund.
  • American Airlines reserves the right to move any passenger from any seat for operational or security reasons. This includes passengers who do not meet exit row eligibility requirements. If a passenger is involuntarily moved to a different flight for such reasons, the passenger may request a refund of the Same-Day Flight Change at aa.com/refunds

Same-Day Standby Terms and Conditions

  • Same-Day Standby is only available on flights operated and marketed by American Airlines, or marketed by American Airlines and operated by American Eagle or American Connection® carriers
  • AAdvantage regular members and non-members may only use Same-Day Standby if Same-Day Flight Change is not available
  • Same-Day Standby will be offered to eligible passengers beginning 24 hours prior to departure through the check-in window. Eligibility shall be determined based on, but not limited to, the following factors: AAdvantage or oneworld® elite status membership, purchased fare class, ticketing status, origin and destination, and purchase history
  • AAdvantage regular members and non-members using Same-Day Standby may only stand by for an earlier flight with the same routing on the day of travel
  • Same-Day Standby is subject to availability of eligible inventory
  • Same-Day Standby is non-transferable
  • Passengers who purchase Same-Day Standby and are unable to use it due to lack of available inventory, cancellation of standby flight, or involuntary routing change are eligible for a refund. The refund will be automatically initiated by American Airlines on the passenger's behalf once the passenger completes travel on their ticketed itinerary.
  • Passengers that have purchased a Same-Day Standby will not receive a refund if the price decreases, nor incur a charge if the price increases
  • Any refund request will be fully refunded, or denied. There will be no partial refunds of a Same-Day Standby.
  • Refunds of Same-Day Standby will be made to the original form of payment
  • Purchases made in cash will be refunded via check
  • Refund requests must be received within 365 days of the original Same-Day Standby purchase
  • Same-Day Standby requests are subject to cancellation unless passengers have checked in and obtained a boarding pass within the check-in window. Passengers must be present at the departure gate and ready to board at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to retain their reservations.
  • American Airlines expressly reserves the right in its absolute discretion to discontinue Same-Day Standby at any time. American Airlines will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by a purchaser resulting from such refusal, cancellation or denial
  • American Airlines reserves the right to remove any passenger for inappropriate behavior, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Such passengers will not be entitled to a refund.
  • American Airlines reserves the right to move any passenger from any seat for operational or security reasons. This includes passengers who do not meet exit row eligibility requirements. If a passenger is involuntarily moved to a different flight for such reasons, the passenger may request a refund of the Same-Day Standby at aa.com/refunds
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Old Jan 15, 16, 4:13 pm   #1
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Domestic Same Day Confirmed Flight Change / SDFC / SDC / CFC / "Standby"

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Effective today changes to the connection city are no longer permitted.
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Old Jan 15, 16, 6:06 pm   #2
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Effective today changes to the connection city are no longer permitted.
Thanks for sharing... Wow, AA really wants to destroy this benefit. Over at UA, SDC was something I considered the cornerstone benefit (upgrades weren't by a long shot) and it has saved my behind countless times as well as made travel so much more easier for me.

Piss poor decision by AA, all started with the July changes

Thank you for keeping us in the loop! Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
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Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Effective today changes to the connection city are no longer permitted.
Thanks for the info!
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Old Jan 16, 16, 3:22 am   #4
  
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Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Effective today changes to the connection city are no longer permitted.
I can confirm that EXP agents have been thoroughly instructed in the new policy: change in routing for SDC not allowed. Connecting city and segments must now be the same for SDC. Tried 3 HUCA - same response.

It sounds like there is still some flexibility on standby options - though I'm not positive on this.

The SDC change significantly guts this benefit IMO, though I suppose it's still valuable for changes to nonstops. I'm very disappointed. And BTW, the website rules have not been updated yet to reflect this change.

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Old Jan 16, 16, 4:06 am   #5
  
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Effective today changes to the connection city are no longer permitted.
Was hoping to do a change today but with the new rule I guess not.

Never found much E space anyway. US Move Up program had some limitations but at least it could be used on any available seat. And you could change connection city.
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I understand that "E" inventory must be available if I'm doing a CFC when flying in coach. But what if I'm already ticketed in F ? (on a milesaaver ticket, if that matters) Is there another fare bucket that needs to be available other than E, or does that restriction just not apply?
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I understand that "E" inventory must be available if I'm doing a CFC when flying in coach. But what if I'm already ticketed in F ? (on a milesaaver ticket, if that matters) Is there another fare bucket that needs to be available other than E, or does that restriction just not apply?
Look upthread for "Three Juliet Tango"'s posts - same 'Premium' fare bucket needs to be available.
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Look upthread for "Three Juliet Tango"'s posts - same 'Premium' fare bucket needs to be available.
Thanks!
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Bummed that I can no longer change connecting cities ... Wish I had know that change was coming before I booked weekly flights through March -- one of them is through ORD and I was counting on being able to change that same day ... Maybe if the weather is very bad they'll let me reroute
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Standby/SDC + Upgrade Possible?

I was on a LAX-JFK flight recently. It had C0 inventory, meaning no business class upgrade space (I would upgrade using a Business Extra BXP1 certificate, but an upgrade with miles would require/book into the same inventory).

I noticed that a prior flight had something like C3 available, and seats in economy as well. Would it have been possible to standby on the earlier flight and, when the standby clears, apply the upgrade? I would have to apply the upgrade (using BXP1) at the gate. I'm not sure if that's even possible.

If it's not possible to do it going standby, would it be possible to do it with a SDC? I'm PLT so the SDC would cost me $75, but obviously that's a small price to pay to confirm an upgrade on a TCON.

Basically, I know I can standby or SDC, and I know I can upgrade (assuming appropriate inventory) -- the question is, can I do both?

Thanks in advance.
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I was on a LAX-JFK flight recently. It had C0 inventory, meaning no business class upgrade space (I would upgrade using a Business Extra BXP1 certificate, but an upgrade with miles would require/book into the same inventory).

I noticed that a prior flight had something like C3 available, and seats in economy as well. Would it have been possible to standby on the earlier flight and, when the standby clears, apply the upgrade? I would have to apply the upgrade (using BXP1) at the gate. I'm not sure if that's even possible.

If it's not possible to do it going standby, would it be possible to do it with a SDC? I'm PLT so the SDC would cost me $75, but obviously that's a small price to pay to confirm an upgrade on a TCON.

Basically, I know I can standby or SDC, and I know I can upgrade (assuming appropriate inventory) -- the question is, can I do both?

Thanks in advance.
Both are possible. SDC more likely to give you the upgrade.

If you SDC, you can immediately apply the upgrade as you are now confirmed for the flight.

If you standby, you can only apply the upgrade once you are processed off the standby list. Usually, this is done after the upgrade list is processed, so there would have to be remaining empty seats.

I would agree that $75 is a small price to pay to confirm the upgrade!
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Old Jan 18, 16, 9:52 am   #12
  
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I thought its free to SDC for any elite? When I was gold early last year on my way to ExPlt, I SDC'd twice for free.
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SDC is not the same as standby.
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I thought its free to SDC for any elite? When I was gold early last year on my way to ExPlt, I SDC'd twice for free.
SDC is free for EXP, $75 for all other elites. If you were confirmed for free, you got lucky!
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Thanks. I will have to pay more attention to the standby/SDC situation in the future for possible upgrades. Does anyone know what fare bucket SDCs book into? I saw a flight recently with Y1 but they said they couldn't SDC me into that one for some reason.

I've never been EXP, but I have gotten "SDC'd" for free a couple of times. What actually happens, I think, is that the agent sees that the earlier flight is wide open so I get on withoUT going through the the standby /list /clearing process. Though that's only happened at the airport, never when I call in. FWIW.
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