The one thing that makes this sting slightly less than with the other legacies is that American let’s you purchase “Choice” tickets for a modest premium, which come with no change fees. If you don’t want to spring for a non-refundable ticket but also aren’t certain about a trip, it may very well make sense to pay the extra $34 or so to be able to make that change later on.
They’ve also upped international change fees to $300 to many destinations from the looks of it.
The only question left now is whether the smaller carriers will match in some form.
(Tip of the hat to CDKing)