Old Jan 30, 19, 1:49 pm
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be_rettSEA
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: LAX
Programs: AS MVPG, IHG Spire Elite
Posts: 725
Sorry, but if you want waived change fees, you can earn them through MVP Gold status, which is much more generous and customer friendly than many of their competitor's programs which don't offer change fee waivers at even higher elite levels. You can also opt to purchase a refundable fare if you want that flexibility. I don't see this as particularly stingy - just the current state of the industry.

I've had Alaska waive a fee ONCE for extenuating circumstances years ago, but would never expect it. Have not had other airlines waive a fee ever that I can recall, other than for weather, or when fare rules permit it.
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