Change / Cancellation Fees for Airline Award Ticket Bookings

This is an excellent summary of airline charges for changes and cancellations of award tickets.

Change And Cancellation Fees For Airline Award Tickets

The policies of twelve airlines are examined. The best, with no charge for changes / cancellations, are Korean Air and Southwest.

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List of Airline Fees and Policies for Last-Minute Award Bookings

MileValue has compiled a helpful chart of the (often substantial) fees that airlines charge for last-minute bookings using frequent flyer miles and points.

http://www.milevalue.com/booking-last-minute-awards-spreadsheet-of-fees-and-policies/

Some airlines, like Air Canada, Alaska Air, British Air and KLM, do not charge a fee.

Others, like American and United, charge $75. Still others, like Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, charge a hidden fee.

The blog post links to a method of avoiding the $75 fee on United.

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USA to China $269+ Round-Trip

Amazingly low fares from West Coast cities to mainland China, starting at $269 round-trip.

WOW! $269 Round-Trip Fares To China. Cheap Tickets Abound!

Air Canada and Air China are showing these fares, other carriers may match. Get ’em while you can!

Boston to Beijing, Just $524 r/t

Fly Air Canada from Boston to Beijing, China, for just $524 round-trip.

http://www.secretflying.com/2016/06/boston-to-beijing-china-for-only-524-roundtrip/

You can fly this September to December.

Note that China visits require a visa, unless you will be there less than 72 hours and have a confirmed flight onward to a destination outside mainland China.

China visas are relatively expensive.

USA to Europe: Multiple Departure and Destination Cities, Multiple Airlines, <$600 r/t

Europe is on sale.

Round trip airfare from several US cities to several European cities, on several airlines, can be had for $500 to $600 round-trip.

Still Available! Under ~$600 Round-Trip to Europe From Multiple US Cities!

These low fares typically begin in September 2016 and continue into April 2017. Read the Million Mile Secrets blog post to see how best to find and book them.

Your U.S. Passport is needed to fly to Europe at these low fares.
Your U.S. Passport is needed to fly to Europe at these low fares.

US to Dublin for Only $427+ r/t on Air Canada, Lufthansa, United

You can fly to Dublin, Ireland, for as little as $427 round-trip on several Star Alliance airlines.

http://www.secretflying.com/2016/05/mega-post-us-cities-dublin-ireland-427-roundtrip/

Winter travel, from a variety of U.S. cities, on Air Canada, Lufthansa or United.

While you may not want to spend a lot of winter days in Dublin, remember that it is the hub city for ultra-low-cost Ryanair. Ryanair flies to numerous European destinations, sometimes for just a few dollars per ticket plus miscellaneous add-on fees.