Emirates Flight Change Policy

How to make flight changes free of charge

According to Emirates flight change policy (recently revised), you can make free changes to any flight ticket:

  • Booked before April 1, 2021, with a travel date on/before December 31, 2021. 
    • These tickets will now be valid for 36 months from the date of the original booking. 
    • You can change your travel date to fly anytime during the extended validity period.
  • Booked on/after April 1, 2021. 
    • The validity of these tickets has been automatically extended for 24 months from the date of issue. 
    • You can change your travel date and destination within the same region* to travel anytime during your ticket’s extended validity period.
  • Booked on/after September 30, 2020, with a travel date on/before December 31, 2021. 
    • These tickets will now be valid for 36 months from the date of booking. 
    • You can change your travel date and destination within the same region* to travel anytime during your ticket’s extended validity period.
  • Booked on/after October 1, 2020 for travel on/before December 31, 2021. 
    • These tickets are now valid for 36 months from the date of the original booking. 
    • You change your travel date and destination within the same region* to travel anytime during your ticket’s extended validity period. 
  • That falls in the Flex Plus (fully refundable) category. 

* Emirates’ regions include: 

  • West Asia
  • The Middle East, the Gulf, and Iran
  • The Far East
  • South America
  • North America
  • Indian Ocean Islands
  • Europe
  • Australasia
  • Africa

Remember

  • If you rebook your flight within the validity period, you will not be charged a change fee.
  • You can make flight changes and rebook online via Manage Your Booking or by phone (+1-866-399-0587).
  • You will be charged a change fee per the applicable fare rules if your itinerary doesn’t fall under the recently relaxed policies due to COVID‑19.
  • Travel vouchers are no longer in use, but if you’re holding one:
    • You can use it up to its full value during its 2-year validity period.  
    • If you do not use your travel voucher during its validity period, you can ask for a refund online via the refund page

How to Change Your Emirates Flight Booking

You can make Emirates flight changes by phone (+1-866-399-0587), through your travel agent, or online

To change your Emirates flight booking online:

Change Emirates Flight Booking
  1. Go to Emirates’ official website: Emirates.com 
  2. From the Manage tab’s dropdown, select Change your booking
  3. Enter the following information: 
    • Your last name 
    • Your booking reference number
  4. Click on the Retrieve Booking button
  5. Select the flight booking you want to make changes to
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to:
    • Change the date or time of your flight
    • Change your destination or origin
    • Add or remove stopovers
    • Change your route (i.e., from one-way to from round trip)
    • Change your cabin class (i.e., from Economy to Business or First Class)
    • Cancel a part of your itinerary 

You will receive a confirmation mail after you finalize the changes.

Remember

  • If you had purchased your ticket from a travel agent, you must ask them to change your ticket before it expires.
  • If you can’t see the option to change your booking online, you may not be eligible to change your flight. For assistance or clarification, call Emirates or your travel agent. 
  • When making changes online, you will be able to view the price difference before you confirm any changes.  
  • Flight changes made online via Manage Your Booking will impact all passengers on your booking. If you want to change a single passenger’s booking, your will need to call Emirates or your travel agent. 
  • To change an Emirates Skywards rewards booking,  use the Rewards change form.

Emirates Change Fee

What is the Emirates change fee like?
Emirates does not display its change fee on the website and asks you to refer to your ticket’s fare conditions. However, after doing some research, we found that Emirates change fee ranges from: 

  • USD 75–200 for Economy Class
  • USD 300–400 for Business Class
  • USD 250–400 for First Class 

Emirates Change Fee—Economy Special and Business Special Fares

Emirates’ Special fares are normally the cheapest fares offered by the airline. They cannot be changed or refunded. If you’ve purchased a Special fare and don’t qualify under the relaxed COVID-19 policies as explained above on this page, you will not be able to change your flight booking. 

Emirates Change Fee—Economy Saver and Business Saver Fares

Emirates’ Saver fares are costlier but can be changed for a fee. The change fee ranges from USD 75–200, depending on your route. The change fee for international flights departing from the United States is: 

  • Economy Saver
  • Business Saver

~USD 200
~USD 400

Emirates Change Fee—Economy Flex, Business Flex, First Class Flex Fares

Emirates’ Flex fares are costlier but can also be changed for a fee.  The change fee for international flights departing from the United States is:

  • Economy Flex
  • Business Flex
  • First Flex

~USD 200
~USD 400
~USD 400

Emirates Change Fee—Economy Flex Plus, Business Flex Plus, First Flex Plus Fares

Emirates’ Flex Plus fares are costlier but the most flexible. You can make changes to your Flex Plus ticket in any travel class free of charge

Frequently Asked Questions on Emirates Change Flight Policy

What is Emirates flight change policy?
Emirates flight change policy, which has been recently revised due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allows passengers to make free changes to their flight booking for tickets booked after September 30, 2020.

According to the revised flight change policy:

  • Tickets purchased before April 1, 2021, that have a travel date up to December 31, 2021, will now be valid for use anytime up to 36 months from the date of issue.  
  • Tickets booked on or after April 1, 2021, will now be valid for use anytime up to 24 months from the date of issue. 
  • Tickets booked on or after September 30, 2020, with a travel date up to December 31, 2021, will now be valid for use anytime up to 36 months from the date of issue. 

You’re allowed to change the date of travel (free of charge) to suit your convenience and travel anytime during the extended validity of your ticket. You can also change your destination, provided it’s within the same region.

What is the Emirates change fee?
Emirates’ change fee depends on your route, travel class, and fare conditions. It ranges from USD 75–200 for Economy Class, USD 300–400 for Business Class, and USD 250–400 for First Class. However, if you’re holding a Flex Plus fare across any travel class, you can make flight changes free of charge. 

How much cost to change the flight date on Emirates?
Under Emirates’ new flight change policy which applies to all tickets issued after September 30, 2020, you can change your flight date free of charge during its recently extended validity period of 24 or 36 months. 

If you had purchased your ticket after September 30, 2020, your ticket’s validity period has been extended by 24 months, so you can travel anytime during the extended validity period without having to pay any change fee. Similarly, the validity period for tickets purchased before April 1, 2021, for travel by December 31, 2021, has been extended by 36 months, thus allowing you to travel anytime before your ticket’s extended validity period without paying a change fee. Also, tickets purchased on or after April 1, 2021, will be valid for travel for up to 24 months after the date of issue—without your having to pay a date change fee.

However, if you don’t fall in any of these categories, the date change fee (depending on your route) can typically range from: 

  • USD 75–200 to change the date of an Economy Class ticket. 
  • USD 300–400 to change the date of a Business Class ticket. 
  • USD 250–400 to change the date of a First Class ticket. 

How can I change my Emirates ID or phone number?
You can change your email ID or phone number at Emirates online through the Manage Your Booking page. 

What is Emirates Flex ticket change fee?
The change fee for Emirates’ Flex tickets for international flights departing from the United States is (depending on your destination):

  • Economy Flex
  • Business Flex
  • First Flex

~USD 200
~USD 400
~USD 400


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