Airlines Typically Do not Permit Any Name Changes After a Ticket is Reserved, with the exception of veritably minor spelling corrections or american airlines name change policy ( see How to Change a Name on an Airline Ticket Due to Marriage). The reason for this is not logistical but rather profitable airlines do not want bookmakers buying up tickets ahead of time and dealing them at a profit close to the time of trip. By rigorously administering a no name change policy, airlines insure that they, rather than bookmakers, capture the value of advanced priced tickets vended near to the date of trip. With the pandemic, it's been possible with many U.S. airlines to use airlines' travel vouchers obtained from cancelled tickets to book a new ticket for a different person. But it still hasn't been possible to change the passenger name for an existing, uncanceled ticket.