Carriers Waive Fare Difference on International Flights After New Testing Requirements
The United States will soon begin requiring all inbound travelers on international flights to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. This new requirement raises problems for visitors, but also for Americans that are are abroad or are planning to travel internationally.
So many people are scrambling to get back home before the new rules kick in. Covid testing options and availability may vary widely, based on what country you might be.
To help those who need to change flights due to the new requirements, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines all are waiving fare differentials for international flight changes.
Delta and American say that travelers can exchange tickets bought on Tuesday or earlier for international travel to the United States starting Feb. 9 or earlier. Travelers can rebook those tickets for a new travel date on or before Jan. 25 without paying the fare difference for travel in the same class of service. United’s policy is similar, but a bit more generous. The Chicago based carrier is extending the waiver to cover travel through Feb. 15.
All three carriers have permanently eliminated most change fees on international flights.