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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):
|Free if online. $25 if on the phone, $30 if in person|
|Quick ticketing fee:||If you book travel 7-20 days prior to departure, $75 fee. If booked six days or less prior to departure, $100.|
|If you want a paper ticket:||$75|
|Fees for changing dates, times and reissuing tickets:||If changing destination or connection, $150. If keeping itinerary but changing date, if more than 20 days until departure, no fee. If 7-20 days prior to departure, $75. If 6 days or less to departure, $100.|
|Redeposit fee (if you don’t use your award ticket and want the points credited back to your account):||$150|
|Reactivation fee:||1.25 cents per mile plus $25 fee|
|Partner handling fee (if you fly any leg of the trip with a partner carrier):||n/a|
|Express delivery fee:||n/a|
|Expiration:||Will not expire unless you do not redeem or earn any miles for 18 months.|
|Annual fee:||Plus Visa: $0 for 12 months; $60 thereafter. Plus Gold Class Visa: $0 for 12 months; $85 thereafter. Plus Platinum Class Visa: $140. Plus Visa Check Card: $25. Plus Platinum Business Visa: $0 for 12 months; $75 thereafter.|
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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