American Airlines allow name change with minor spelling mistakes and legal name change only. According to the rules, passengers should have valid Id proof to update their name and also the updated name should match the Id proof. Corrections are allowed with nominal charges. 

Passengers should double-check the name on the tickets within 24 hours of booking so that passengers may get the correction done without any cost.

Note: As per the American Airlines Name Change Policy, any name corrections cannot be done within 24 hours of departure as the flight is under airport control.

Here's a table outlining Name change policy:


Ticket Type

Time Restrictions
Spelling Error Free Anytime
Legal Name Change Free Anytime
Same-Day Change $75 Up to 24 Hours
Non-Refundable Fare $0-$750 Up to 24 Hours
Refundable Fare Free Anytime

Note: This table is subject to change and it is for informational purposes only. It is recommended to always check the American Airline website or contact their customer service for the latest and most accurate information. 

Eligibility for American Airlines Name Change

It is obvious that a name change policy can come into play if there is even a slight difference in the name on the documents and on the reservations. Even a slight change can result in missing the flight. So below-mentioned are a few pointers that you can keep in mind for changing names on reservations.

This policy is applicable to all passengers who have made a reservation with us regardless of their ticket type fare conditions, and travel class. However the eligibility criteria for name change vary depending on the type of ticket purchased, it only allows minor name changes.

If you have purchased a non-refundable ticket, still you can modify the name on your flight ticket, but it comes with a few strict rules. According to the American Name Change Policy, you can only change the name if there is a spelling mistake or if the name on the ticket does not match the name on your government-issued ID. In such cases, you will need to provide proof of the correct name such as a passport or driver's license.

If you have bought a flexible or refundable ticket, you can change the name on the ticket for any reason and at any time, as long as it's done before the flight's departure time. Along with that, you can change your surname entirely in case of marriage or divorce but for that, you have to provide certain documents asked by the airline. 

According to American Airlines, if you use the name-changing policy for multiple fares or too frequently then strict rules can be applied. So it is advised to check the details thoroughly before the payment of the fare.

When Can You Change the Name on Your Reservation?

While booking the Airline ticket if by any chance your name on the ticket does not match the one on your documents due to some error then you may take action to change the mistake. It is advised to find the error within 24 hours from the time of booking for the hassle-free procedure without being charged. 

Some of the situations for which you may need to change your name on your reservation are given below;

Spelling Errors

Due to different pronunciations and difficult or unique a name or spelling, there is a high chance of mistakes in spelling. For example, your name can have a difficult pronunciation or spelling which can lead to a spelling mistake on your flight ticket because of a different machine typing mistake or a human mistake. So it is advised, to check the ticket details received on your registered mail id, and if you see any name mistake within 24 hours of the booking then contact the airline's customer service for a solution

Name Changes Due to Marriage or Divorce

To get easily your favourite seat and get a lower price on your ticket, sometimes you book a flight ticket about 115 or more days prior to the date of your journey. During that time, you might face some incidents like marriage or divorce. In that kind of situation, you might apply to change your surname on your booked flight ticket. For that, you need to contact the airline and then you can apply for the surname change procedure. To prove your points for the name change process you might have to provide relevant documents. 

Personal Reasons

Apart from the above-mentioned situations, you might face other personal issues for which you might want to change your name, in that case, it is advised to contact American Airlines customer care at 800‑433‑7300

Name Changes Due to Adoption

In case of a name change due to adoption, you have to show evidence from a respected source about the name change to your airline, if you want to change the name on your booked flight ticket. During the name change procedure, you have to submit some legal documents to the airline authority

Fees for Changing the Name 

American Airlines is very much flexible for major and minor name corrections, and it allows every passenger to apply for the correction/changes irrespective of their booked flight class. Privileges may vary depending on the class.

Name Correction

According to the American Name Change Policy, if there is a minor spelling mistake in your name on your ticket, then you can easily apply for the correction without any charge. American Airlines only charges for major mistakes. The charges can vary based on the mistakes in your booked flight ticket

Name Change Due to Marriage or Divorce

As mentioned above, the minor name corrections are non-chargeable. However, there are charges in the major corrections that may differ for domestic and international flights. The name change due to marriage or divorce comes under major changes because in that you have to change your surname entirely. 

You will be able to do it only if you have codeshare flight segments and “R” inventory.

Name Change for Other Reasons

For any reason, if you are thinking to change your name on your booked ticket then you have to pay USD 25 per correction as a Name Change Fee.

Steps to Change Name on American Airlines Reservation

Follow the following steps that are given below for a smooth American Airlines Reservation

Step 1: Check the Eligibility

Before making any changes to your flight ticket, make sure that you are eligible for the name change criteria made by American Airlines. Basically, American Airlines allows name changes only in case of misspellings or legal reasons with valid proof. Also, make sure that the fare rules of your respective ticket allow name changes. After that, you should check the charges that might imply.

Step 2: Contact American Airlines Customer Service

If you want to make changes to your American Airlines reservation, you can visit the official website of American Airline or you can use its mobile application. If you have any problem in understanding then you can reach out to the American Airlines customer care service team. 

If you are using the mobile app for American Airlines Change Name on Ticket then you can follow the given below steps to make the changes easily without any difficulty;

  • If you want to change your name through the mobile app then firstly, you have to click on the My Trip tab to start the procedure of name change
  • Then, you have to enter your booking code (it was provided when you booked your ticket).
  • Then, click the tab “Find my reservation” 
  • Then, you have to select one option “Change Name” or “Edit” 
  • After the changes, you can make the payment, if any.


Step 3: Provide The Necessary Information 

For applying changes to the fare you must provide all the useful and verifying documents to the airline. In case of a typo mistake, you can show your original documents but for any kind of change in name due to reasons like marriage, divorce, or anything. You have to carry legal court orders with you for verification. The airline won't change your name with verifying documents.

Step 4: Pay the Required Fees

Once you are done providing all the details, proceed with the payment for the name change policy. As per the American Airlines name change policy, the charges can vary on the class of fare you bought for your journey. Ensure to go through the guidelines of the policy or you can seek information from the live agent at American.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

American Airlines is very flexible with minor and major name changes for valid and unused tickets.

American Airlines does not charge any fee for the minor name change process. But in some major name change cases, it might charge, but it solely differs for international and domestic flights.

American Airlines does not allow anyone to transfer a ticket.

For name change in American Airlines, you will need your correct I’D proof such as license or passport. if you got married or divorced after booking the flight ticket then your marriage certificate or divorce certificate.

The name-changing procedure may take a few business days.

For any query regarding this matter, you can contact American Airlines’ Customer Care at 800‑433‑7300.

If you notice your wrongly spelled name on your ticket within 24 hours of booking your flight then it will be beneficial for you to cancel the trip and rebook a ticket.

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