American Airlines has pushed way past the line when it comes to the fee for changes to an existing reservation. For a domestic ticket it’s $200, and for international it’s up to $750!
In my case, due to my AAdvantage status there is no or low charge for changes and cancellations. But to the ordinary flyer, perhaps with family in tow, these charges are serious money.
They should investigate Southwest Airlines, which has NO CHANGE FEES and NO CANCELLATION FEES.
A second airline has decided to be almost as friendly as Southwest…Virgin America. When purchasing a ticket online at Virgin America, you will see an option for their $25 “Plans Change Pass.” If you select it, then you can change your reservation later at no cost.