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Note: As you plan travel during the coronavirus pandemic, please check the and websites for current guidance and travel restrictions.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought air travel to a screeching halt. Flights are cancelled, borders are closed, and now one of the big questions is:
Airlines are offering to help with this uncertainty. For example, if you’re set to attend a wedding this summer but are unsure whether it will happen or not, you can still book a flight now and reschedule it later for free under these policies.
However, not all airlines are offering the same policies, and some are more generous than others. Here we’ve rated the flexible booking policies for eight major U.S. airlines on several criteria, and ranked them from most flexible to least. We’ve also included some tips for when, how and whether to book your upcoming flights.
Note: These policies are changing constantly. Check for the most recent updates on specific airline policies.
If you have the option to book future air travel with several airlines, here are our current rankings of which ones offer the most flexible policies:
These rankings are based on the policies outlined below. For many travelers, even the more restrictive policies will still offer plenty of value, so compare this table against your own travel plans and uncertainties.
Check out our additional resources on navigating the coronavirus outbreak: