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While at dinner last night, my friend Christel asked:
My mom is in the Philippines right now on an award ticket and she wants to extend her stay. She’s flying on Korean Air. Korean Air wants to charge her $2,000 to change her ticket. What should she do?
Yikes. That’s a lot of money. For $2,000 Christel’s mom can buy a ticket to come home. Here’s what she should do instead.
Korean Air Change Fees
Korean Air has one of the best award ticket change fees policies. Because there are none.
So Christel’s mom can change or cancel her award ticket and get her miles refunded without paying any fees.
But if Korean Air does not charge cancellation or change fees on award tickets, why does Korean Air want to charge Christel’s mom $2,000 to change her return ticket?
Because Christel’s mom has already used part of her ticket, the proposed fees could be fuel surcharges or who knows what. I got the information third hand so didn’t have all the details.
But there’s still hope. She can get half her miles reinstated for free.
Get Her Miles Back for Free
Instead of paying $2,000 to change her return date, Christel’s mom can refund the unused part of her award ticket without paying change fees.
When she cancels her return award ticket, Korean Air will deduct the used miles and refund the remaining miles. For free. No change fee, no reinstatement fee.
So if Christel’s mom paid 80,000 Korean Air miles to fly round-trip in coach from Los Angeles to Manilla, and she wants to change her return date and doesn’t want to pay $2,000 to change her ticket, she can cancel her ticket and get a refund of 40,000 miles.
Christel’s mom used Delta Skymiles to book an award ticket on Korean Air for a trip to the Philippines. She wants to change her return date and Korean Air wants $2,000 to change the return ticket.
Korean Air does not charge fees to change or cancel an award ticket. So why do they want to charge Christel’s mom?
We’re not really sure why. But she can avoid paying the $2,000 and cancel her return ticket without any penalty.
And Christel’s mom will get a refund on her unused miles without any fees.
As I advised Christel before she cancels her ticket, book her another return flight home.
Keep me posted Christel and let me know what happened with your mom’s award ticket.
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