American recently implemented a very valuable benefit for their top-tier elites, allowing free within-24 hours changes for all Executive Platinum members. I consider Same Day Confirmed Changes one of the most valuable, money-saving elite perks.
The benefit is in full-swing, and users are reporting lots of success and ease of use, which is really great to hear. Previously, Executive Platinums could only same-day standby for a flight, which was frustrating since it didn’t guarantee a confirmed seat. Now, changes are confirmed.
I find the benefit most useful for when booking tickets within 24 hours of departure. Here’s why:
Let’s take a look at a Washington Reagan to JFK trip.
The 6:10p departure is $308 (this is round-trip with a flight returning 2 days later), while the 7:27p is $237 (again, round-trip with a flight 2 days later). If you want to fly on the 6:10p, but don’t want to pay the extra $70, here’s where 24-hour free confirmed changes come in real handy.
Book the cheaper $237 fare, knowing well you’re about to have it changed. Once booked, call the Executive Platinum desk and ask for the free 24-hour change to the 6:10p. Because you know there are seats still available, you know you’ll get the change. The agent will change the flight for you, for free, and you’ve now just saved yourself $70, rather than confirming it at time of booking. I find it easier to use this feature over the phone, but online options exist as well, though I’ve found they often say “no options are available,” when, in reality, there are plenty.
Look how much money you’ve saved using this benefit, and by not booking your desired flight at the time of ticketing!
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