At first, I thought this was good news:
Given the uncertainties of COVID-19, major airlines stopped charging penalties to change your ticket through the end of 2020. Now, United Airlines says it’s locking in the policy — it’ll be free to change in 2021 as well…
That sounds great, until you finish the sentence:
…as long as you didn’t book the low-price basic economy seats fare.
Which accounts for the vast majority of airline tickets sold. But wait! There’s more:
Apparently this wallet-gouging feature will not apply to international travel — which is the type of ticket most likely to be affected by borders closed off by the Chinkvirus for the foreseeable future.
Here’s the best part:
Since 2010, Chicago-based United has scooped up nearly $6.5 billion in change fees. Last year, it took in $625 million, third behind Delta and American, according to Transportation Department figures.
I already have a built-in animus against United Airlines, for reasons too many and varied to tell; so it will be a cold day in Hell when they drag me kicking and screaming onto one of their foul airliners.
Update: And right on cue, from American Airlines in my inbox today: