What's the big deal about changing a name?

June 21, 2013
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. I would like to know how the airline industry gets away with not allowing passengers to change the name on a ticket. No other industry has anything in place like this. They use the “security" excuse which is BS.

    A. You're right, this probably has absolutely nothing to do with security. Some airlines, present and past, have allowed name changes, but for a fee or in some cases for free. Mexican airline interjet, which flies from the US to Mexico and beyond, allows name changes for $25 plus tax, for example. Frontier Airlines allows name changes for between $0 and $100, depending on the fare type bought and frequent flyer status, assuming there is no itinerary change. Now-defunct Midwest Airlines used to allow name changes for a fee, too. Perhaps we will see other airlines allow name changes in order to raise ancillary revenue or to further reward their premium flyers.