1. Book Southwest. Besides giving you two free bags and good humored staff, Southwest lets you change your tickets for free. As much as you want. NBD. Southwest did start charging a fee to customers who fail to tell them that they’re not going to be on the flight–but, hey, that’s just common courtesy, anyway.
2. Book American. American is a legacy carrier so it can’t go as far as Southwest, but its new Choice Essential lets you pay an extra $68 for a ticket that you can change without penalty. It’s a helluva lot better than paying 200 bucks!
3. Book Frontier. Their Classic Plus is actually refundable! It costs $45 to $115 more than an economy ticket. Frontier’s Classic costs $22 to $40 more than an economy ticket and comes with a reduced change fee. Note: Frontier Airlines has just been sold to a private equity firm that specializes in running ultra low cost carriers.
4. Book Sun Country. For an extra $30, Twin Cities-based Sun Country sells you a ticket that you can change for free.
Note: you can change your ticket for free on all of these, but you’re not protected from higher fares.
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