Changing an airline ticket is getting more expensive for US Airways and United Airlines passengers.

Last week United quietly boosted the fee to change a non-refundable ticket in advance to $200, from $150. A spokesman for United Continental Holdings Inc. says the fee helps cover the cost to the airline when a traveler gives up a reserved seat.

On Wednesday, US Airways did the same thing.

The website for US Airways Group Inc. also shows that the airline now charges up to $300 to change some international tickets.

Both airlines also make travelers pay the higher fare if they switch to a more expensive flight.

Fees for changing tickets and for baggage have become a major source of revenue for the biggest U.S. airlines. As of late Wednesday, the nation's two other large legacy carriers, American and Delta, had not raised their change fees from $150, according to USA Today. Southwest, the largest domestic airline, doesn't charge for ticket changes.



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