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Standby Policies

AA:
-Confirmed standby is available for flights departing the same day as your original flight for $50. This can be confirmed within 12 hours of the departure of the new flight. Confirmed standby requires special inventory (“E”) to be available on the new flight which will require a phone call to AA to check availability and confirm.

-Traditional unconfirmed standby is available for free on flights departing on the same day as the original flight only for:
-AA and OneWorld Alliance elites
-Full fare (Y, B, H) coach passengers.
-AAnytime mileage tickets
-Business and First Class passengers

-Standby is only available for travel within the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada and the Caribbean.

Airtran:
-Confirmed standby is available only at the airport for flights on the same day as your original flight for $49.

-Traditional unconfirmed standby is still available for free for flights departing on the same day as the original flight.

-Standby is available systemwide.

Continental:
-Confirmed standby is available for flights departing within 24 hours of your original flight for $50. You can confirm flights up to 24 hours before the new flight’s departure time. Confirmed standby requires inventory available in the fare class that you are currently booked into. As long as sufficient seats are available, Continental will open up additional availability in lower fare classes at 24 hours, 12 hours, and 3.5 before flights to allow for confirmed standby changes.

-Confirmed standby is $25 for Continental Gold Elites and free for Platinum Elites.

-It is free to be added to a traditional unconfirmed standby list, but you will be charged $50 if you clear the list.

-Standby is available systemwide.

Delta:
-Confirmed standby is available for flights departing the same day as your original flight for $50. This can only be confirmed within 3 hours of the departure of the new flight. Confirmed standby requires inventory available in the fare class that you are currently booked into.

-Confirmed standby is free for Delta Gold and Platinum elites.

-Delta has completely eliminated traditional unconfirmed standby except for Delta Gold and Platinum elites.

-Standby is only available for travel within the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Frontier:

-Confirmed standby is available at the airport for flights departing the same day as your original flight for:
-“Economy” tickets: $100.
-“Classic” tickets: $50.
-“Classic Plus” tickets: Free
-Frontier elites, Midwest executive elites, and Airtran elites: Free

-Frontier has completely eliminated traditional unconfirmed standby.

-Standby is available systemwide.

Jetblue:
-Confirmed standby is available over the phone beginning at midnight in the time zone of your original flight to change to any other flight on the same day for $40.

-Regular unconfirmed standby is available for the flight prior to your original flight for free. If you are flying on the first flight of the day then you may use unconfirmed standby to go on the flight right after your original flight for free. If there is only one flight between your city pairs then you may use unconfirmed standby to go on the flight the day before your original flight for free.

-Standby is available systemwide.

Midwest:

-Confirmed standby is available for flights departing the same day as the original flight for $50 at the airport within 3 hours of the departure of the new flight.

-Midwest Executive elites receive free confirmed standby.

-Midwest has completely eliminated traditional unconfirmed standby.

-Standby is available systemwide.

Southwest:

-Southwest does not have Standby. Southwest never charges a fee for ticket changes, but you will have to pay the difference in fare.

United:

-Confirmed standby is available for flights departing the same day as your original flight for $75. This fee is waived for United 1K members. This can only be confirmed within 3 hours of the departure of the new flight. It can be confirmed over the phone or at the airport. Confirmed standby requires inventory to be available in your original booking class or in “H.”

-Regular unconfirmed standby is $50 for flights departing on the same day as the original flight. 1K members can standby for free.

-Standby is only available within the U.S.

USAirways:

-Confirmed standby is available only at the airport for flights departing the same day as the original flight for $50 within the US48, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and Alaska.

-Confirmed standby is free for all USAirways Elites.

-Regular unconfirmed standby is free, but is only available if confirmed standby is not available.

-Standby is not available to Hawaii or Europe.

Virgin America:

-Confirmed standby is available for flights departing the same day as the original flight for $50 at the airport only.

-Regular unconfirmed standby is free for flights departing the same day as the original flight, but must be requested at the airport before the departure of your original flight.

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