This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Same-day flight changes are often a very valuable tool for flyers, enabling travelers to take an earlier or later flight on the same day without paying a difference in fare. Each carrier handles things differently, but it’s generally capacity-controlled in some form, and comes with a fee that’s often waived for elite frequent flyers.

American currently allows flyers to do a domestic same-day confirmed flight change, for either an earlier or later flight. To take advantage of this, the origin and destination must remain the same (although the routing can change), you must travel on the same calendar day and the flight needs to have availability in the E inventory bucket — which you can check on ExpertFlyer. It costs $75 to change, with the fee waived only for Executive Platinum top-tier elites, although other people may be eligible to standby for no cost.

Now, American is offering same-day confirmed flight changes for a limited number of international routes. Customer service representatives received a memo on July 13, 2015, that stated that for $150, customers could make a same-day change in “transatlantic market slices including JFK-LHR and LHR-JFK.” The fee will also be waived for Executive Platinum passengers.

As advertised, we were able to do a same-day  change earlier or later than our confirmed JFK-LHR flight.
As advertised, I was able to do a same-day change earlier or later than my confirmed JFK-LHR flight.

Additionally, changes can only be made online at, and only flights operated by American Airlines, not US Airways, are eligible.

Multiple Executive Platinum representatives told me that this was a test, offered only between New York-JFK and London-Heathrow, but this contradicts my own experience.

Contrary to what phone representatives told us, we were also able to do a change on a JFK-CDG route.
Contrary to what phone representatives told me, I was also able to do a change on a JFK-CDG route.

I tested out the same-day flight change policy, and I was able to make a change to an earlier or later flight from New York to London. I was also able to complete a same-day change from New York to Paris, but I was unable to do it on an itinerary that included the same London flight that worked, but with a connecting flight from Washington D.C. to New York first, despite plenty of E inventory available on both legs.

We could not, however, do a change when the flight involved a domestic connection.
I could not, however, do a change when the flight involved a domestic connection.

It’s unclear when this new policy will be extended, if ever. The flight changes should be controlled by the same E inventory, though it’s a little too early to tell for sure.

Between United and Delta, only United allows same-day changes on international itineraries.

If you’re able to take advantage of this, let us know in the comments below!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.