How to make flight changes free of charge

The revised Emirates change flight policy has extended the validity of flight tickets affected by COVID-19. If your flight was cancelled by Emirates, or if entry bans or quarantine restrictions at your city of origin or destination prevented your from travelling during the dates below, you can either cancel your ticket for a refund (without penalty) or use the same ticket to travel later within the next 24 or 36 months without paying any flight change fee, as explained below.

What is Emirates Flight Change Policy?

  • The Emirates change flight policy allows you to make free changes to the following flight bookings or cancel and refund them without any penalty:

    Under the Emirates flight change policy for COVID in the following scenarios:
  • For tickets with a travel completion date on/before August 31, 2022, that were issued between April 1, 2021, and October 11, 2021:
    • You can keep the ticket booked by you and use it anytime within the next 24 months from the original date of booking. 
    • The validity of your ticket will be extended automatically if you booked directly through Emirates—just call Emirates with your dates when you’re ready to travel.
    • If you booked your ticket through a travel agent, contact them before your ticket expires to extend its validity. 
    • You can use your ticket to travel to the same destination or another destination within the same region* in the same travel class for no additional fee during this period. However, if your original flight’s itinerary did not include Dubai, your rebooked flight’s itinerary should also not include Dubai.
    • You can cancel your ticket and request a refund (without penalty). 
  • For tickets with a travel completion date on/before August 31, 2022, that were issued between October 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021:
    • You can keep the ticket booked by you and use it anytime within the next 36 months from the original date of booking. 
    • The validity of your ticket will be extended automatically if you booked directly through Emirates—just call Emirates with your dates when you’re ready to travel.
    • If you booked your ticket through a travel agent, contact them before your ticket expires to extend its validity.
    • You can use your ticket to travel to the same destination or another destination within the same region* in the same travel class for no additional fee during this period. For example, if your original itinerary was for London in Economy Class, you can rebook your flight for Amsterdam in the same travel class at no additional charge. However, if your original flight’s itinerary did not include Dubai, your rebooked flight’s itinerary should also not include Dubai.
    • You can cancel your ticket and request a refund (without penalty).
  • For tickets with a travel completion date on/before August 31, 2022, that were issued on/before September 30, 2020:
    • You can keep the ticket booked by you and use it anytime within the next 36 months from the original date of booking. 
    • The validity of your ticket will be extended automatically if you booked directly through Emirates—just call Emirates with your dates when you’re ready to travel.
    • If you booked your ticket through a travel agent, contact them before your ticket expires to extend its validity and reschedule for a later date.
    • You can use your ticket to travel to the same destination or within the same region* in any travel class without being charged a change fee during this period, but you must pay the applicable difference in fares and taxes if you’re changing the date or destination. For example, if your original itinerary was for London in Economy Class, you can rebook your flight for Amsterdam in for no additional charge. However, if your original flight’s itinerary did not include Dubai, your rebooked flight’s itinerary should also not include Dubai.
    • You can cancel your ticket and request a refund (without penalty). 

Note

  • To qualify for the above waivers, the change flight policy requires you to produce valid documentary evidence proving your inability to travel.
  • If you want to make changes to a flight that doesn’t fall under the relaxed policies listed above, you must pay the applicable change fee and the difference between the old and new fares.
  • If you want to cancel and refund a flight not covered under the relaxed policies above, you will be charged a cancellation fee depending on the fare rules of your ticket.
*Emirates regions include:West AsiaThe Middle East, the Gulf, and IranThe Far EastSouth AmericaNorth AmericaIndian Ocean IslandsIndian Ocean IslandsEuropeAustralasiaAfrica

  • If your flight fails to operate per schedule, stop at your destination/stopover, causes you to miss a connecting flight (Emirates/another airline) on which you hold a confirmed reservation (subject to sufficient connection time after your flight’s scheduled arrival time), you have the option to: 
    • Ask Emirates to rebook you on a convenient flight operated by Emirates or another airline at no additional charge 
    • Get rebooked on the next available flight and extend the validity of your ticket, if required, at no additional charge
    • Cancel and refund your flight at no additional charge

Emirates Ticket Change Rules for Flight Bookings Affected by COVID

What are Emirates change flight policy rules for COVID affected situations?

  • If you rebook your flight within the extended validity period of your Emirates ticket (as indicated above), 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).
  • If your itinerary doesn’t fall under the COVID-19 relaxed policies above: 
    • You will be charged a change fee for making any flight changes, subject to the fare rules of your ticket. 
    • You will be charged a cancellation fee for refunding your ticket, subject to the fare rules of your ticket.
  • 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 an Emirates Flight Booking

You can make changes to your Emirates flight date, time, and/or destination: 

  • By phone (call +1-866-399-0587 or the Emirates office/call center in your city)
  • Online 
  • Through the travel agent you purchased your ticket from 

To change your Emirates flight booking online:


A screenshot of the Manage your booking page to change flights online

  1. Go to the Emirates Airlines official website: Emirates.com 
  2. From the Manage tab’s dropdown, select Change your booking
  3. Enter the following information: 
    1. Your last name 
    2. 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:
    1. Change the date or time of your flight
    2. Change your destination or origin
    3. Add or remove stopovers
    4. Change your route (i.e., from one-way to from round trip)
    5. Change your cabin class (i.e., from Economy to Business or First Class)
    6. 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 change flight fee at Emirates?

Emirates change fees are fare and route dependent. The airline does not display its change fee on its official site and asks you to refer to your ticket’s fare conditions. However, after doing some research, we found that the Emirates Airlines booking change fee ranges from: 

  • ~USD 200 for Economy Special fares. 
  • ~USD 400 for Business Special fares.
  • ~USD 200 for Economy Saver fares.
  • ~USD 400 for Business Saver fares.
  • USD 0 for Economy, Business, and First Flex fares.
  • USD 0 for Economy, Business, and First Flex Plus fares.

Exclusions/Waivers. No change fee will apply to tickets that fall under the prevailing travel waivers for: 

  • Tickets issued between April 1, 2021—October 11, 2021, with a travel completion date on/before August 31, 2022, for which: 
    • The validity period has been automatically extended by 24 months from the original date of booking. 
    • The ticket can be used anytime during its extended validity period for travelling to the same destination or another destination within the same region for no additional charge.
  • Tickets issued between October 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, with a travel completion date on/before August 31, 2022, for which:
    • The validity has been automatically extended by 36 months from the original booking date. 
    • The ticket can be used anytime during its extended validity period for travelling in the same travel class to the same destination or another destination within the same region for no extra charge.
  • Tickets issued on or before September 30, 2020, with a travel completion date on or before August 31, 2022, for which:
    • The validity has been automatically extended by 36 months from the original booking date. 
    • The ticket can be used anytime during its extended validity period for travelling to the same destination or another destination within the same region in any travel class for no extra charges. However, difference in fares and taxes must be paid for changing date or destination. 

Emirates Flight Change Fee—Economy Special and Business Special Fares

Emirates’ Special fares for Economy and Business Class are normally the cheapest fares offered by the airline. If you’ve purchased a Special fare that doesn’t qualify under the relaxed COVID-19 policies as explained above on this page, you will be charged a flight change fee of ~USD 200 for making changes to an Economy Special fare and ~USD 400 for making changes to a Business Special fare.

Emirates Change Fee—Economy Saver and Business Saver Fares

Emirates’ Saver fares are costlier but can be changed for a fee. The change fee for Saver fares ranges from USD 200 – 400, depending on travel class. If you modify an Economy Saver fare, it will typically cost your ~USD 200, and if you modify a Business Saver fare, it will cost you ~400 per passenger. 

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

Emirates’ Flex fares are costlier but can be changed without a fee. The change fee for making changes to Economy Flex, Business Flex, and First Flex fares is nil. 

Emirates Change Fee—Economy Flex Plus, Business Flex Plus, First Flex Plus FaresEmirates’ Flex Plus fares are costlier but the most flexible. You can make changes to your all Flex Plus tickets in any travel class free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions on Emirates Change Flight Policy

Yes, you can make changes to an Emirates flight ticket online through Manage your booking (if you purchased your ticket directly through Emirates), by phone, through an Emirates call center/ticket office in your area, or the travel agent you purchased your ticket from.

If your flight falls under Emirates’ COVID-19 travel waivers or you’re holding a Flex/Flex Plus booking, you will not be charged a fee for making any flight changes. Otherwise, it will typically cost you about USD 200 for an Economy Class fare (Special/Saver), and USD 400 for a Business Class fare (Special/Saver).

Per Emirates change flight policy, flight changes are free only for:

  • Passengers travelling on a Flex/Flex Plus fare 
  • Passengers with tickets that qualify for a COVID-19 travel waiver

If you don’t fall in any of the above categories, you will be charged a flight change fee.

According to Emirates Airlines flight change policy, if your flight falls under the COVID-19 policy relaxation or you’ve purchased a Flex/Flex Plus ticket (any class), you won’t be charged any flight change fee, but you may be asked to pay the applicable difference in fares and taxes for making any changes to your flight date or time. 

However, if you’re changing your flight date or time on a standard ticket, the flight change fee will typically be about USD 200 for Economy Special/Economy Saver tickets, USD 400 for Business Saver/Business Special tickets, nil for Flex/Flex Plus tickets.

You can update or change your passport number through the Manage My Account page. You can also make changes to your name, gender, nationality, or country of issue through this page. Alternatively, you can send a copy of the required documents to the Emirates office in your area and request them to update the details.

Emirates’ change ticket fee depends on your route, travel class, and fare conditions. It is about USD 200 for Economy Special/Saver fares, USD 400 for Business Special/Saver fares, free of charge for Flex and Flex Plus fares in all categories. 

In addition to the flight change, Emirates Airlines flight change policy also requires you to pay the applicable difference in fares and taxes.

The date change fee at Emirates Airlines on a non-Flex/Flex Plus ticket is USD 200 for Economy Class fares (Special/Saver), and USD 400 for Business Class fares (Special/Saver). This is in addition to the applicable difference in fares and taxes.

Tell me about Emirates meal preference change.

You can book or change a meal on an Emirates flight up to 24 hours before your flight’s departure:

  • By phone (call 1-866-399-0587 or the office in your area)

Online through Manage your booking (appears under the Manage tab)

Unless your flight falls under the prevailing COVID-19 travel waiver or you’re holding a Flex/Flex Plus ticket, changing your flight date and/or time is typically:

  • USD 200 an Economy Class (Special/Saver) ticket. 
  • USD 400 to change a Business Class (Special/Saver) ticket. 

If you’re changing your destination, you must pay the difference in fares and taxes also.

You can change your email ID or phone number at Emirates online through the Manage Your Booking page. Alternatively, call Emirates (at 1-866-399-0587 or the office in your area) and request them to do it for you.

You will not be charged for making changes to an Emirates Flex ticket, but you must pay the difference is fares and taxes, if any. 

Please tell me how to avoid paying the Emirates change fee.

You can avoid paying the change fee on Emirates if:

  • You ticket falls under the COVID-19 travel waivers, which are currently in force for any ticket: 
    • Issued between April 1, 2021—October 11, 2021, for which the travel completion date is on/before August 31, 2022, as the validity of your ticket has been automatically extended by 24 months from the original date of booking. 
    • Issued between October 1, 2020—March 31, 2021, for which the travel completion date is on/before August 31, 2022, as the validity of your ticket has been automatically extended by 36 months from the original booking date. 
    • Issued on/before September 30, 2020, for which the travel completion date is on/before August 31, 2022 
  • You’ve purchased a Flex/Flex Plus ticket.
  • An emergency such as the death or serious illness of a co-passenger or an immediate family member prevents you from travelling, as long as you can provide valid documentary evidence and Emirates agrees to it.

Yes, you can make changes to your Emirates flight time. However, you will be charged for it depending on the fare conditions of your ticket, unless your flight falls under the COVID-19 travel waivers or you’ve purchased a Flex/Flex Plus ticket.

You can change your booking on Emirates Airlines online via Manage Your Booking if you purchased your ticket directly through Emirates, by phone (call +1-866-399-0587 or the local office in your area), or through the travel agent you purchased your ticket from.

You can change your return flight on Emirates in any of the following ways: 

  • Online via Manage Your Booking if you booked directly with Emirates
  • By phone (+1-866-399-0587 or the local office in your city)
  • Through the travel agent you booked your ticket from

If your flight doesn’t fall under the COVID-19 travel waivers or you’re purchased a Flex/Flex Plus ticket, the cost of making changes to your flight ticket will typically be USD 200 for Economy Class Special/Saver tickets and USD 400 for Business Class Special/Saver tickets. 

Changing your destination will incur additional charges, such as the applicable difference in fares and taxes.

Yes, you can change your seat on Emirates after you’ve booked it. You can do it for free if you select a seat in the same/lower class and by paying the difference if you select a costlier seat.

If Emirates changed your seat, you can either travel on the changed seat or cancel your flight and ask for refund at no additional charge.

Emirates allows you to change your flight date without penalty if: 

  • Your flight falls under the prevailing COVID-19 travel waivers.
  • You’ve purchased a Flex/Flex Plus ticket 

Otherwise, you will be charged a flight change fee depending on your route and travel class, which is:

  • USD 200 per passenger for Economy Class (Special/Saver) tickets. 
  • USD 400 per passenger for Business Class (Special/Saver) tickets.

You can change an Economy Flex ticket free of charge on Emirates.

You can change your mobile number on your Emirates registered ID via the Manage My Account page, or by contacting the Emirates office in your area.

You can change your Emirates flight dates free of charge for flights that qualify under the COVID-19 travel waivers and for Flex/Flex Plus tickets. Otherwise, changing your flight dates will cost you USD 200 for Economy Class tickets (Special or Saver) and USD 400 for Business Class tickets (Special or Saver)—PLUS the applicable difference in fares and taxes, if any.

Yes, you can. You will have to pay the applicable difference in fares and taxes, unless your flight qualifies for a travel waiver due to the COVID-19 situation (in which case destination changes within a region may be free of charge).

You can change the mobile number linked to your Emirates ID either through the Manage My Account page, or by getting in touch with the Emirates office in your city.

You can make changes to your booking on Emirates online via the Manage Your Booking tab on the homepage (if you made the booking directly with Emirates), by phone (+1-866-399-0587/the local office in your city), or through the travel agent you booked your ticket from.

You can change your destination on Emirates online through airline’s official website (via Manage Your Booking) if you made the booking directly through Emirates, by phone (call +1-866-399-0587 or the local office in your city), or through the travel agent you purchased your ticket from.

The Emirates change flight phone number through this website is +1-866-399-0587. This number is open 24/7 and toll-free for callers from the United States and Canada.

Tell me about Emirates significant change of flight timings.

If Emirates fails to operate your flight as scheduled and it results in a significant change of your scheduled arrival or departure timings such that the alternative flight offered to your no longer serves your purpose, you have the option to get rebooked on the next available flight, fly later at a convenient date, or cancel and refund your ticket—all at no additional charge.

You can change your email address on Emirates either through the Manage Your Booking tab on the homepage, through the Manage My Account page if you have an account with Emirates, or by getting in touch with the Emirates office in your city.

Yes, you can change the return flight date on Emirates online via Manage Your Booking (if you booked directly through Emirates), by phone, or through the travel agent you purchased your ticket from.

Yes, you can change your Emirates flight date online through the Manage Your Booking page provided you booked your ticket directly through Emirates.

You may be able to change your Emirates seat after online check-in, subject to seat availability.

There is no penalty for a flight change on Emirates flights that qualify under the COVID-19 travel waivers and for Flex/Flex Plus tickets, but you must pay the applicable difference in fares and taxes. Otherwise, the flight change penalty is typically USD 200 for Economy Class tickets (Special or Saver) and USD 400 for Business Class tickets (Special or Saver), in addition to the applicable difference in fares and taxes.

The Emirates contact number through this website is +1-866-399-0587. This telephone number is open 24/7 and toll-free if you’re calling from the U.S. or Canada.

You can contact the Emirates customer service in the U.S. on these toll-free numbers:

  • Phone 1 800 777 3999

Text Telephone 1 888 320 1576

You can make changes to flights purchased with your Emirates Skywards Miles online through the Emirates Manage Booking tab (Manage your booking), which can be accessed from the airline’s official site.

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Change flight date

Sir,my flight EK2821date 12 Dec 2021 and i want to change this date 25 Dec 2021
Sir please guide me how much is the cost of re date.