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Master List of Airline Award Fees – Change Fees, Cancellation Fees, & Phone Booking Fees

Using airline miles for award flights is one of the best ways to travel for less, however if you have to change or cancel an award ticket you’re often hit with high fees. Each airline program has its own award ticket fee policy and may charge you for anything from date or destination changes, refund/redeposit of miles on cancelled tickets, phone booking, and close-in booking. In general airline award fees range from $0 to $150+, but it’s a good idea to know exactly what you’d have to pay before booking so you’re not surprised by any fees if your plans change.

Planning ahead is often the best way to keep fees to a minimum and you’re less likely to have to pay close-in booking fees or change fees if your plans were not set in stone. Of course you’ll want to keep these fees to a minimum to save money on award flights, but in either case when you are using miles for a free flight you sometimes just have to bite the bullet and pay certain fees (such as phone booking) to get the flights you want.

Often times these fees are buried within the airlines website, so I have created a master list of airline fees across the majority of larger airline programs. Included in the table are the most common date and destination fees, cancellation fees, close-in booking fees, and phone booking fees, however some programs have unique policies that don’t fall into these clear-cut categories. There are also links to the airline’s own webpage where the fees are outlined in their verbiage.

As the list will be a work-in-progress I’ll continue to add more information to complete the list. If you see any mistakes, missing information or have helpful information or experience with an airline on the list, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will make updates.

Airline Alliance Change Date Fee Change Destination Fee Refund/Redeposit Fee Close-in Booking Fee Phone Booking Fee Mile Expiration Length Waivers (all fees unless noted) More Details…
AeroMexico Club Premier SkyTeam $26 $26 $26 None N/A 24 months Fees waived for Platinum Club Premier members. See full details at AeroMexico.com
Air Canada Aeroplan Star Alliance $90 $90 $90 up to 22 days prior to departure None $30 CAD 12 months Fees waived for Super Elite 100K members. See full details at Aeroplan.com
AirBerlin OneWorld Domestic awards within Germany or Europe = €50, awards within all other regions = €75 Domestic awards within Germany or Europe = €50, awards within all other regions = €75 No refunds None None 36 months See full details at AirBerlin.com
Air France / KLM Flying Blue SkyTeam €45 (changes not allowed on ‘Promo Awards’, no fees for ‘Flex Awards’) €45 (changes not allowed on ‘Promo Awards’, no fees for ‘Flex Awards’) €45 (changes not allowed on ‘Promo Awards’, no fees for ‘Flex Awards’) None $25 20 months See full details at FlyingBlue.com
Alaska MileagePlan N/A Up to 60 days prior to departure =$0, within 60 days of departure = $125 Up to 60 days prior to departure = $0, within 60 days of departure = $125 Up to 60 days prior to departure =$0, within 60 days of departure = $125 None $15 24 months Fees waived for Gold MVP members. See full details at AlaskaAir.com
Alitalia Mille Miglia SkyTeam None €55 or 5,000 miles €55 or 5,000 miles None 24 months See full details at Alitalia.com
American AAdvantage OneWorld Up to 21 days prior to departure = $0, within 21 days of departure = $150 $150 $150 for first award reservation, $25 for additional reservations $75 $25 18 months All fees waived for Executive Platinum members. Close-in booking fees waived for Gold and higher members. See full details at AA.com
ANA Mileage Club Star Alliance None None 3,000 miles None $25 36 months See full details at ANA.com
Asia Miles Multiple $25 or 1,000 miles $100 $120 or 12,000 miles None 36 months See full details at AsiaMiles.com
British Airways Avios OneWorld $55 $55 $55 None $25 36 months Fees wavied for Gold members. See full details at BritishAirways.com
Delta SkyMiles SkyTeam $150 $150 $150 (must be completed 72 hours prior to departure) None $25 Miles do not expire Fees wavied for Platinum and Diamond Medallion members. See full details at Delta.com
El Al Matmid N/A $60 $60 – $125 $60 – $125 None $10 36 months Fees waived/reduced for Platinum and Top Platinum members. See full details at ElAl.com
Emirates Skywards N/A $25 $75 $75 None 36 months Fees waived for Platinum members. See full details at Emirates.com
Frontier Early Returns N/A Up to 8 days prior to departure = $0, within 8 days of departure = $75 $75 $75 None None 18 months Fees wavied for Summit members and Standard Awards. See full details at FlyFrontier.com
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiiMiles N/A $50 ($30 for interisland flights) $50 ($30 for interisland flights) $150 ($30 for interisland flights) None $25 18 months Interisland change fees waived for Pulani Platinum members. See full details at HawaiianAirlines.com
Iberia Plus Avios OneWorld €25 €25 €25 None 36 months
JetBlue True Blue N/A More than 60 days prior to departure = $75. Less than 60 days prior to departure = $75 for fares of $100 – $149, $150 for fares $150+ More than 60 days prior to departure = $75. Less than 60 days prior to departure = $75 for fares of $100 – $149, $150 for fares $150+ More than 60 days prior to departure = $75. Less than 60 days prior to departure = $75 for fares of $100 – $149, $150 for fares $150+ None $25 Miles do not expire. Fees waived for Mosaic level members. See full details at JetBlue.com
Korean SkyPass SkyTeam None None Within 1 year of ticket issue date = $0, if ticket was issued over 1 year = 10,000 miles None 5 years See full details at KoreanAir.com
LifeMiles Avianca / TACA Star Alliance $150 $150 $50 $25 fee for all bookings 24 months See full details at LifeMiles.com
Lufthansa Miles & More Star Alliance $60 $60 $60 None No fee 36 months Fees may be waived or reduced only for date and time changes. See full details at Miles-and-More.com
Gol Smiles N/A $40 to $50 36 months
Singapore KrisFlyer Star Alliance Singapore awards = $0, partner awards = $20,within 24 hours of departure = $75 Singapore awards =$12, partner = $20, within 24 hours of departure = $75 More than 24 hours prior to departure = $30 None $0 36 months See full details at SingaporeAir.com
Southwest RapidRewards N/A None None None None None 24 months N/A See details at Southwest.com
Spirit FreeSpirit N/A $110 $110 $110 $100 $25 3 months None See full details at Spirit.com
United MileagePlus Star Alliance More than 21 days prior to departure = $75, within 21 days of departure = $100 $200 $200 $75 $25 18 months All fees waived for Platinum, 1K, Global Services. Some fees waived for Silver, Gold, and United Club cardholders. See full details at United.com
US Airways Dividend Miles OneWorld $150 $150 $150 $75 (additional $25 to $50 processing fee) $30 to $40 18 months Fees waived for Chairmans members. Close-in booking fee waived for Gold / Platinum members. See full details at USAirways.com
Virgin Atlantic FlyingClub N/A More than 24 hours prior to departure =$50 More than 24 hours prior to departure =$50 More than 24 hours prior to departure =$50 None 36 months See full terms at VirginAtlantic.com
JAL OneWorld Free if reservation for new flight is confirmed before boarding. (Changes of flight number and date can be made through the JAL website by 12:00 4 days prior to the day of departure.) Changes not allowed to traveler’s name, flight sector, class of service, routing, or the direction of travel and exchange. “Mileage Reinstatement Service for Unused Awards” is applicable in case of cancellation of unused award tickets. Members are responsible for all the mailing costs of award tickets $21 36 months See full details at JAL.com
LAN OneWorld Fee varies from $35 – $75 depending on flight distance and days prior to departure. Fee varies from $35 – $75 depending on flight distance and days prior to departure. Fee varies from $40 – $125 depending on flight distance and days prior to departure. None Domestic flights = $15, International flights = $25 36 months See full details at LAN.com
Virgin America N/A $100 $100 $100 None $20 18 months Fees waived for Silver and Gold members. Full terms at VirginAmerica.com
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Star Alliance Flights within Thailand = $16, international flights = $40, Star Alliance Awards = $95 Flights within Thialand = $60 (International awards are not eligible) Regional awards = $120 or 10,000 miles, international awards = $190 or 15,000 miles None 36 months See full details at ThaiAirways.com
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Two Browser Trick working for Alaska Airline 25000 miles bonus

What is the two-browser trick?

One of first tricks I learned from other blogs was the infamous “two browser trick” with Citibank American Airlines credit cards in which you could get two American Airlines credit cards with a 75,000 mile signup bonus if you applied for the cards at the same time using different internet browsers (in private browsing mode). Well, I can now confirm the newest two browser trick: Alaska Airlines personal credit cards from Bank of America.

How can you earn 50,000 miles++ using this trick and may be only one credit inquiry?

One of the “so called” drawbacks in you get a credit inquiry when applying for a new credit card and you should always limit the number of credit inquiries on your report at least six months leading into a major loan such as auto or home mortgage. Read my Credit 101 article for more.

While prepping for a friend’s  latest round of credit card applications (app-o-rama), I wanted to include an Alaska Airlines credit card since they are churnable as you can get the signup bonus again and again without any issue. On Flyertalk, there was a post of someone getting approved for both cards at once so I decided to try it and report my findings. The current best offer for the Alaska Airlines credit card is 25,000 miles + $100 statement credit after spending $1,000 in 3 months with the annual fee of $75 NOT waived. This isn’t the largest ever signup bonus for this card and not necessarily an exciting offer by itself.However if you could double this offer for a single credit inquiry, this offer becomes more attractive.

Here my buddy got approved for two personal Alaska Airlines credit cards:

  1. Closed all internet browsers and opened an incognito Google Chrome window and a private session Internet Explorer (I’m sure a private window in Firefox would work as well).
  2. Pasted the link for the 25,000 mile offer + $100 statement credit in each browser.
  3. Important: On one application, he chose the Northern Lights design while on the other  chose the Classic design. I have no idea if this actually made a difference but my thinking is BofA’s computers will not mark the applications are duplicates since technically the applications are different due to the card design. I haven’t tested trying out the same design on each but I recommend doing different designs since I know this works.

 

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4. He completed the application  in each window quickly to avoid possible timing out the page but  did NOT click submit yet.

5. Once he got to the next page before hitting the final submit application,  quickly verified the information  entered on each was identical (with the exception of the design of the card noted above).

6. He clicked submit on one application  immediately, as quick as he could (use ALT+TAB) switched to the other application and hit submit. All done in about a second or so. I don’t know how quick you need to be but I imagine a few seconds is fine.

7. About 30 seconds later, he got the message that application was instantly approved for both cards with identical credit lines on each card. Make sure the credit line is above $5k otherwise you will get approved for a lower level card and not receive the 25k miles.

8. Since there is no minimum spending requirement for the 25,000 miles (you only need to spend the $1,000 to get a $100 statement credit), the miles should have posted a few days after approval. He applied for the cards on 1/12 and 50,000 miles posted on his account on 1/18 though the activity was backdated to 1/15. SUCCESS!

9. You may see two credit pulls from Bank of America on your credit report. They haven’t combined just yet but I fully expect them to do so within a few weeks. And if they don’t, I’m confident my friend can call and get the pulls combined.

10. Even though the above worked , there are some remaining open points:

Will this work for other Bank of America credit cards? I don’t know and I haven’t test this out to try it. Personally, I believe the offers from BofA to be pretty weak with the Alaska Airlines card as the true standout among their offers due to how valuable their points are.

What if I’m not instantly approved and I have to call the reconsideration line? I don’t know how Bank of America will react if a rep see two pending applications. They will most likely assume it’s a duplicate application but you might be able to explain why you need two cards. You could explain that you want to track different type of expenses or if you added an authorized user on one card, you want to keep the expenses from individuals on separate statements. This is a big YMMV.

Can I do this with Bank of America Business cards? Again, I don’t know and I haven’t tested it. What is interesting though is that after applying for the personal card, on the approval screen my friend was offered the chance to apply for the business version of the card as well. I didn’t try it out as my friend doesn’t have a legitimate business but I did have someone else try this for me. The business application was initially marked as pending after getting approved for both personal cards. After a call to reconsideration, he was approved so in total he netted 3 Alaska cards (2 personal, 1 business) in a day.

What can you do with Alaskan miles?

Refer my post under 80 dollar travel hack of how you can book two one way for the price of one by using Alaskan Airmiles. Another great way to use Alaska air miles is booking award tickets on Emirates where Economy ticket from US to Dubai . The snapshot below shows available dates for later this year.

Emirates-Award-Availability-1

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