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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):
|$25 for U.S. and Canada flights, $35 for Mexico and Caribbean, $50 for Hawaii and international.|
(based on how you redeem award):
|If you book online it’s free, but if you book over the phone, it’s $30/person for domestic and Canada, and $40/person for international|
|Quick ticketing fee:||If you use miles to purchase ticket within 14 days of travel, pay $50 for tickets booked online, or $75 if booked over phone|
|If you want a paper ticket:||$50|
|Fees for changing dates, times and reissuing tickets:||$150, or $250 for transatlantic/transpacific flights|
|Redeposit fee (if you don’t use your award ticket and want the points credited back to your account):||$150, or $250 for transatlantic/transpacific flights|
|Preservation fee:||At 15-17 months of inactivity, you can pay $40 to remain active for another 18 months|
|Reactivation fee:||If you do not earn or redeem miles in a consecutive 18-month period, miles can expire. To reinstate forfeited miels: $50 fee if 1-4,999 miles, $100 fee if 5,000-19,999 miles, $200 if 20,000-49,999 miles, $300 if 50,000-99,999 miles, $400 if 100,000 or more miles.|
|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 go 18 months without earning or redeeming any miles.|
|Annual fee:||Visa: $50. Visa Signature: $90. Visa Check Card: $30. Visa business: $75. Premier MasterCard: $79. MasterCard: $49. No-fee MasterCard: $0. MasterCard business: $79.|
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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