AirTran Airways to Double Change Fees — You Know What That Means…

A Boeing 717 aircraft operated by AirTran Airways taxis down the tarmac at the international airport in Atlanta back in August of 2009. Photograph by FlyerTalk member ChiefNWA. Click on the photograph for a trip report on Delta Air Lines written by ChiefNWA.

“As for my song parodies: hopefully this will be my last one — for a while, anyway.”

That is what I posted here when American Airlines matched similar increases in change fees of United Airlines, US Airways and Delta Air Lines

…but AirTran Airways decided to join the bandwagon by doubling the fee from $75.00 to $150.00 for all changes to coach airfares which occur greater than four hours after the original booking time, effective as of August 20, 2013.

Now I have to write yet another song parody. Thanks a lot, AirTran.

Change Fees

Huh? Ha! Huh?
I hear someone laughin’
Huh? Ha! Huh? Ha!
Huh? Ha! Huh? Ha!

(Well don’t you know)
that’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees
That’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees

Money that you’re savin’?
Huh? Ha! Huh? Ha!
Huh? Ha! Huh? Ha!

(Well don’t you know)
that’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees
That’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees

All day long you’re travelin’
till the plane is comin’ down
You find out about the new change fees
You’re wearin’ a frown

They hear you moanin’ that the cost is too high
“Low-cost” carrier’s really a lie

That’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees
That’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees

Can’t you hear them laughin’
You’re going home?
One of these days, you’re flying home
First pay the new change fee; it’s unfair
That it costs more than your whole airfare

(Now don’t you know)
that’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees
That’s the sound of AirTran
doublin’ those change fees

Money that you’re savin’?
Huh? Ha!

“My, my, my, that fee is too high
“What’s the reason? I wonder why?
“Convince me — at least, try!”

Huh? Ha! Huh? Ha!
Huh? Ha! Huh? Ha!

I offer no apology to re-writing the lyrics to Chain Gang, which is the title of a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke in 1960 on the RCA Victor label:

There is a small bright side: if you change your reservation within four hours of the time of your original booking at the official Internet web site of AirTran Airways, the change fee normally charged for all coach fares will be waived — although any increase in fares associated with itinerary changes will still be applied.

Is Southwest Airlines — which acquired AirTran Airways, as first announced on September 27, 2010 — using the airline as a “guinea pig” to test practices which may be perceived as “customer-unfriendly”, as inferred by some skeptical and cynical FlyerTalk members?

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  • Minos at 9:23am July 09, 2013

    “There is a small bright side: if you change your reservation within four hours of the time of your original booking at the official Internet web site of AirTran Airways, the change fee normally charged for all coach fares will be waived — although any increase in fares associated with itinerary changes will still be applied.”

    Ain’t that 24hr and manadatory anyway?

    • Brian Cohen at 9:31am July 09, 2013

      Yes.
      I know I was “grasping at straws” here with that statement, but I was trying to find some kind of silver lining to all of this for the passengers…

  • mrlasssen at 9:50am July 09, 2013

    Didn’t WN make a hint a few weeks ago that there may be changes coming to some of their no fee benefits?

    • Brian Cohen at 10:55am July 09, 2013

      I am not sure, mrlasssen — but a cursory search did find this prediction by FlyerTalk member nsx, who is one of the moderators of the Southwest Rapid Rewards forum.
      Could this FlyerTalk discussion be the one to which you were referring?

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