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The airline industry is changing, and frequent flier award tickets are no longer free. Here is a chart of fees you can expect to pay if you plan to cash in your air miles. Click on the tab for your airline.
|Award processing fee|
(fee for cashing in miles):
(based on how you redeem award):
|$15 if booked in person or online|
|Quick ticketing fee:||Currently, if you use miles to book travel within 4 to 14 days, pay $50, and if you book travel within 3 days or less, pay $75. As of Aug. 17, if you use miles to purchase a ticket within 20 days of travel, pay $75 per transaction|
|If you want a paper ticket:||$50|
|Fees for changing dates, times and reissuing tickets:||Currently $50. As of Aug. 17, $150|
|Redeposit fee (if you don’t use your award ticket and want the points credited back to your account):||Currently $50. As of Aug. 17, $150|
|Partner handling fee (if you fly any leg of the trip with a partner carrier):||n/a|
|Express delivery fee:||If you book within 10 days of travel, a $35 express delivery fee applies.|
|Expiration:||Will not expire unless you do not earn any miles for 18 months.|
|Annual fee:||Presidential Plus MasterCard: $375. Platinum MasterCard: $65. World MasterCard: $85. TravelBank MasterCard: no fee first year; $29 thereafter. Business MasterCard: $85 (each additional card $20). Preferred Banking Card: $65. Banking Card: $25. KeyBank debit card: $30.|
Fees, as always, are subject to change. To report an update, write Editors@CreditCards.com.
See related: Is it time to cash in your frequent flier miles?, The evolution of frequent flier cards and programs
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