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Appreciate comments/ thoughts on AF award business class cancellation/change

Old May 8, 20, 6:18 am
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Appreciate comments/ thoughts on AF award business class cancellation/change

Hello. We had booked travel to Paris for July and obviously are not expecting to undertake this trip. I used Chase Reward points transferred to AF to book my return from Paris.
Although a frequent traveler I am not familiar with carrier or Air Blue. Am seeking thoughts on best way to handle this. Does it make sense to cancel immediately and have points returned to Flying Blue
(not sure of penalties) or would it be more advantageous to wait for likely cancellation of my flight from the carrier (non stop Paris/ORD)?.

Our travel to Paris was with AA points so I believe I can forgo penalties by rebooking same itinerary- again am not sure if it is best to wait for potential flight cancellation or be proactive.

I know this is a minor problem in the scheme of things and am happy we don't have cash tied up in this trip but still hope to maximize value of points expended here.

Many thanks in advance and healthy travel.
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Old May 8, 20, 4:34 pm
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I am in a similar situation. Outbound (U.S. to Europe) booked with AA, return booked with Flying Blue points on AF. The outbound is not an issue as I can cancel without penalty due to AA's current COVID policy. For the return, Flying Blue charges 50 EUR per person to cancel and re-deposit the miles. I suppose there is a fee waiver if the actual flight itself is cancelled. My trip is not until August, so I have a tiny hope of still making the trip. For the OP, I would just wait until a few days before your return and hope your flight is cancelled and you can redeposit the miles without penalty. If flight not cancelled, pay the fee.
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Old May 8, 20, 5:55 pm
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Thanks for the reply. I will likely follow your lead -cancel my AA (actually AA points with Iberia) and wait to see if my AF flight gets cancelled.Good luck with your travel.
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