No matter how the airlines try to explain or justify it, ticket change fees are nothing but pure profit.
We’re talking about $200-$300 a ticket, and some international flight ticket changes can hit you for more than $700. In some cases, the change fee can actually triple the original cost of the original ticket. So how do you minimize the chance of getting hit with this excessive charge?
Do what I do. Don’t buy round-trip tickets. This way, if you have to change a flight, you only change one ticket and preserve the discount fare that you paid for the return flight. And book the return flight on a different airline with a different reservation code.
Remember, it makes no sense to pay a $200 change fee if the original ticket was less than that amount.
By Peter Greenberg for PeterGreenberg.com