This depends greatly on the airline that you have purchased your ticket from. Airlines have penalty fees that can range from $75.00 – $300.00 to make a change to your ticket. In addition to the penalty fee, they will charge you the difference in fare between the old ticket and the new ticket, often referred to as “add/collect” or additional monies collected.
Basically what the airlines do is take the ticket you currently have and use the value of that towards whatever ticket you want to change it to and charge you the current fare. So if you purchased a ticket 3 months before your travel and call to change your flight a day before you could wind up paying quite a bit because you are now purchasing a last minute ticket. Even if you just want to change to a different time they will still impose the same fees.
If the value of your ticket is less than the penalty fee that the airline will charge you to make the change it would be more cost efficient to just purchase a new ticket. For example if the airline penalty is $175.00 and the value of your ticket is $100.00 you would pay them $75.00 more than if you just bought a new ticket.
Also if your flight is scheduled to depart and you are not sure what date you need to change your flight to, most airlines will allow you to cancel and hold a credit with them for about a year. They will still charge you the penalty fee to make the change but they will not charge you until you call back to use your credit or redeem your voucher. They will most likely be non-transferable so the ticket must remain in the same passengers’ name. If you would like to change your airline ticket, please call our offices at 1-800-273-2724.