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United Ups Change Fees for Award Tickets

Effective immediately—and with no advance notice—United has increased the fees non-elite MileagePlus members will pay to change an award booking or cancel an award booking and have the miles redeposited into a MileagePlus account.

  • To change a booking date more than 21 days prior to departure, the fee increases from zero to $75.
  • To change a booking date less than 21 days prior to departure, the fee increases from $75 to $100.
  • To change the origin or destination of a flight, at any time, the fee increases from $75 to $100.
  • To cancel a trip and redeposit the miles, the fee increases from $150 to $200.

For context, change fees more than 21 days out are still free on American, and canceling and redepositing miles still costs $150 on other major carriers. United’s changes open the door for increases at other carriers, and they’re likely to follow.

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