Continental frequent flier fees and rules

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):
Service fee
(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
Preservation fee:n/a
Reactivation fee:n/a
Standby fee:n/a
Fuel surcharge:n/a
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

See related:Is it time to cash in your frequent flier miles?, The evolution of frequent flier cards and programs

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