Award Ticket Change, Cancellation, and Hold Policies for 25+ Airlines!

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Folks in the miles & points hobby are usually diligent about planning their travels.  But sometimes life happens and you have to change or cancel your plans.

In that case, what are the fees for changing an award ticket?  And do any airlines allow you to hold an award reservation while you firm up your plans?

To help y’all out, I made a chart that shows the award ticket fees and policies for over 25 domestic and international airlines!

Award Flight Change Fees
Tracking Down Award Ticket Fees Can Be Tricky, So We’ve Made an Easy Table Showing Award Ticket Change & Cancellation Fees for Over 25 Airlines!

Let’s take a look!

Award Flight Change Fees

Using miles & points for Big Travel with Small Money is one of my favorite things, next to eating.  But if you need to change or cancel your award ticket, the fees can add up fast.

The good news is, certain airlines charge less (or nothing at all!) for award ticket changes.  So it helps to choose wisely when deciding which miles or points to use.

Here’s a chart showing award flight change fees for popular US airlines:

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Looking for More Details?

Check out our Award Booking Guides under the “Resources” tab on the main page, where you’ll find information about airline award booking rules, routes, partners, and how to get the most value for your miles.

We have special series dedicated to earning & using miles with popular airlines like American AirlinesBritish AirwaysUnited Airlines, and more!

Award Flight Change Fees
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Also, consider reading these posts for even more tips & tricks:

And these posts for airline-specific information:

Bottom Line

To make it easier for folks to track down award ticket change & cancellation policies and fees, I made a handy chart that shows the fees for 25+ US and international airlines, including popular airlines like Delta, United Airlines, Southwest, British Airways, and Emirates.

And for more details about airline award booking rules and how to get the most value for your miles, check out our Award Booking Guides under the “Resources” tab on the main page.  Along with posts about topics like how to save $75 on United Airlines’ close-in ticketing fee and the best time to book Southwest award tickets.

The more you know! 🙂

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