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Award tkt change/cancellation/redeposit/fees Q&As: no fees up to 31 days pre-travel

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Have an upcoming trip you want to cancel and redeposit the miles -- but subject to the 30 day or less cancel fee?
Just use the free change to move to a flight further in the future (>31 days) not subject to the cancellation fee and then cancel / redeposit for free.
Note the change does not need to be to the same itin or the same mileage cost. If the change is to a cheaper mileage ticket, the extra miles will be redeposited for free.

1 Jan 2021
Originally Posted by charlesonmission View Post
Has this just been updated? https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly...ticketing.html

Fee for making a change or canceling with redeposit 31 or more days before departure = No Fee
Fee for making a change to a ticket for travel originating in the U.S. 30 or fewer days before departure = No fee
Fee for canceling a ticket for travel originating in the U.S. with miles redeposit 30 or fewer days before departure = $125
Fee for making a change to or canceling international tickets that do not originate in the U.S. 30 or fewer days before departure = $125

That seems to be what we are expecting. Nice that the 31 day or more cancellation is also no fee even if the flight doesn't originate in the US. I wonder if giving agents the exact URL so that they could look it up is something that they would be able to do.


23 Dec 2020
Award flight redeposit fees waived
We’re waiving redeposit fees for award flights departing on or before March 31, 2021, that are canceled at least 30 days before the departure date. You can also change your award flight with no fee. Learn more about changing or canceling your award flight.
31 Aug

Award flight redeposit fees waived

We’re waiving redeposit fees for award flights departing on or before December 31, 2020, that are canceled at least 30 days before the departure date. You can also change your award flight with no fee. Learn more about changing or canceling your award flight.
30 June
Award flight redeposit fees waived
If you’re planning to cancel your award travel, we’re waiving all redeposit fees for award flights with travel dates on or before July 31, 2020. We’re also waiving redeposit fees for award flights with travel dates on or before December 31, 2020, that are canceled at least 30 days before the departure date. You can also change your award flight with no fee. Learn more about changing or canceling your award flight.
End of July this was changed to 31 August 2020

28 May
Award flight redeposit fees waived
If you’re planning to cancel your award travel, we’re waiving all redeposit fees for award flights with travel dates on or before June 30, 2020. We’re also waiving redeposit fees for award flights with travel dates on or before December 31, 2020, that are changed or canceled at least 30 days before the departure date. Learn more about changing or canceling your award flight.

as of 05 April 2020
We{UA} have removed some redeposit fees for the rest of the year.
  • We are currently waiving all award redeposit fees for travel through end of May 2020.
  • We are now also waiving all redeposit fees for award ticket cancellations made more than 30 days before departure for the remainder of 2020.


Fees for a change or redeposit:
  • There are fees for some changes and redeposit , so please check the chart below for details. These fees apply to MileagePlus® awards on United, United Express®, Star Alliance® airline partners and other airline partners.
  • When requesting a change for more than one ticket, the fee applies to each ticket separately. If two people are traveling together and make a change, for example, there will be a fee for both.
  • When flying with one of our Star Alliance partners, changes must be made at least 24 hours before departure. {but in many cases much less will work -- somewhat YMMV -- but the rules state 24 hours}
  • Fees are based on the status of the mileage account holder at the time of the request
  • Fee for canceling / redeposit a mileage upgrade

UA's Award ticketing options/service fees

With Changes To UA MileagePlus Coming On NOV 15, 2019 (Dynamic UA Awards - No More Chart)close-in booking fees will disappear

Close-in fee trick:
Multiple reports this no longer works.
{Book outside the close-in window and then change "for free" in the 24-hour change free window}

Award tickets booked prior to Oct 6, 2016 will be covered by the old pre-Oct 6 rules but some changes (such as changing the first segment} will re-ticket the award and make it subject to the new rules

Related thread: Deadline to cancel/redeposit award ticket...?

Previous thread -- General award ticket change/cancellation/redeposit/fees questions [2015-2016]


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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:06 pm
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Award tkt change/cancellation/redeposit/fees Q&As: no fees up to 31 days pre-travel

I'm a plat with a trip in April that now should be cancelled due to coronavirus. For the outbound leg, I'm waitlisted for a mileage upgrade award. For the return leg, there has already been a schedule change by 3 hours.

First, is there any way to get the mileage upgrade award redeposit without fee? Or hold that for a different trip in the future?
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by wyseson View Post
I'm a plat with a trip in April that now should be cancelled due to coronavirus. For the outbound leg, I'm waitlisted for a mileage upgrade award. For the return leg, there has already been a schedule change by 3 hours.

First, is there any way to get the mileage upgrade award redeposit without fee? Or hold that for a different trip in the future?
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If you cancel the trip (is this all on a single PNR?) the waitlist or clear upgrade miles + copay will be refunded without any additional fees.
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Old Mar 13, 20, 9:44 pm
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If you cancel the trip (is this all on a single PNR?) the waitlist or clear upgrade miles + copay will be refunded without any additional fees.
Yes, it is a single PNR.
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Old Mar 14, 20, 1:28 pm
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Does the online cancellation tool still charge redeposit fees for awards in April for people with no United elite status?

There is a "Continue" button on the cancellation page that also tells me there may be a fee, but I am not sure if there is another page with more details after that before the booking is cancelled.
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Old Mar 14, 20, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by michael_v View Post
Does the online cancellation tool still charge redeposit fees for awards in April for people with no United elite status?
I would be very surprised if the IT has been updated to allow free redeposit.

Also, note that waiver of redeposit fees is quite limited. In most instances all that's waived is change fee.
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Old Mar 14, 20, 1:50 pm
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I am holding saver award tickets for PHL-ORD-BRU and BRU-ORD-PHL for late in April. Today, two things happened. First, I was rerouted PHL-ORD-EWR-BRU and BRU-EWR-ORD-PHL and the event I was planning to attend was cancelled due to coronavirus. I have not accepted the changes in schedule. If I do not accept the change and cancel the reservation online is there a chance the redeposit fees will be waived? Or, is this one of those situations for which I should call? Thanks.
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Old Mar 14, 20, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
I would be very surprised if the IT has been updated to allow free redeposit.

Also, note that waiver of redeposit fees is quite limited. In most instances all that's waived is change fee.
I have been able to cancel two award tickets (Delta and Air France) for free. Delta even let me cancel for free on their website. I knew United would be more difficult. I guess I will wait. Thanks!

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Old Mar 14, 20, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Michilander View Post
I am holding saver award tickets for PHL-ORD-BRU and BRU-ORD-PHL for late in April. Today, two things happened. First, I was rerouted PHL-ORD-EWR-BRU and BRU-EWR-ORD-PHL and the event I was planning to attend was cancelled due to coronavirus. I have not accepted the changes in schedule. If I do not accept the change and cancel the reservation online is there a chance the redeposit fees will be waived? Or, is this one of those situations for which I should call? Thanks.
You’ll likely need to call, but I would first check to see if the flight time difference exceeds 6 hours, which is is the current official rule for a refund. If not, I would wait at least a couple of days, because they may change the policy again, and anyway call times are through the roof. If it is, I would be inclined to call, before they change the rule again to make it less friendly.

Note that there are multiple reports of people getting refunds even contrary to the official policy, so all hope is not lost even if the change is short. Also, BRU-ORD was covered by EC.261/2004, and it appears that you may be due a refund just from the fact that it’s been cancelled, under that statute.
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Originally Posted by Michilander View Post
I am holding saver award tickets for PHL-ORD-BRU and BRU-ORD-PHL for late in April. Today, two things happened. First, I was rerouted PHL-ORD-EWR-BRU and BRU-EWR-ORD-PHL and the event I was planning to attend was cancelled due to coronavirus. I have not accepted the changes in schedule. If I do not accept the change and cancel the reservation online is there a chance the redeposit fees will be waived? Or, is this one of those situations for which I should call? Thanks.
Got up early this morning and got a very nice agent after only a 10 minute wait. She not only cancelled these for me, she said that they are currently waiving redeposit fees in these situations. Don't know if this is a YMMV situation, but I got the best result I could have hoped for.

I assume it normally takes a day or two for the miles to be redeposited?
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Old Mar 15, 20, 11:00 am
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On 3/13, I cancelled my award ticket SFO-OGG for 4/3. My credit card was charged $125 redeposit fee (good thing I have AE airline credit that covers it). I have no status with UA. After learning the "trick" online, I rebook hubby's award ticket on an SFO-LAX (5K mile only) with free ticket change and free point redeposit to hubby account. At the end, we lost 5K mile =~$50.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 12:25 am
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apologies if this was asked earlier. i have a questing regarding cancellation and redeposit fees (if there are any) for united award tickets. i understand the policy for cash tickets but they don't specify about award tickets.

i am thinking of booking a sfo - lhr UA flight using united miles for late july. if things don't get better, what are my options? can i
1. cancel and redeposit my 60k miles for no fee?
2. cancel my flight, the miles are held and need to be spent within 1 year of booking (so by mar 2021)?
3. cancel and pay the standard redeposit fee of $150 to get my 60k miles back?

thanks in advance for clarification!
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Old Mar 20, 20, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by homeone View Post
cancel and redeposit my 60k miles for no fee?
Maybe. There have been mixed reports.

Originally Posted by homeone View Post
cancel my flight, the miles are held and need to be spent within 1 year of booking (so by mar 2021)?
Yes.

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3. cancel and pay the standard redeposit fee of $150 to get my 60k miles back?
Yes.
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Old Mar 20, 20, 8:58 am
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I'm an optimist, so I'm hoping to make a change to an int'l award ticket in June, to take advantage of Saver J inventory that's become available. I feel bad about calling in violation of the 72-hour recommendation, but I can't get the online change tool to provide any results—even though I know the flights I want to switch to have Saver J available.

Is there a trick to getting the online change tool to work? Is it about, say, trying at 4am? Or is it possible they've hobbled it for any itineraries more than 30 days out? FWIW, I've been trying for two days now, including at 5am ET this morning, and the error message was nearly instantaneous.

It's maddening to have internalized the message "The instant you see the fare you want, be ready to pounce!" all these years, and have the system not let me pounce....

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Old Mar 20, 20, 9:26 am
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3. cancel and pay the standard redeposit fee of $150 to get my 60k miles back?
The standard redeposit fee for United awards, assuming no status with UA, is $125, if done within 60 days of travel, or $75, if done more than 60 days prior to travel.

Originally Posted by RandomBaritone View Post
Is there a trick to getting the online change tool to work?
No. It's frequently broken. Note that the redeposit fee and change fee are the same, so if you have surplus miles in your account, you may be able to book a new itinerary and then cancel and redeposit the old one. (That also has the advantage of resetting the original ticketing date, if you end up needing to postpone the trip). You can do it in the other order too -- cancel, wait for the redeposit, and then book a new flight -- but it's riskier, because sometimes redeposit isn't instant and you could wind up without any reservation at all.
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
Note that the redeposit fee and change fee are the same, so if you have surplus miles in your account, you may be able to book a new itinerary and then cancel and redeposit the old one. (That also has the advantage of resetting the original ticketing date, if you end up needing to postpone the trip). You can do it in the other order too -- cancel, wait for the redeposit, and then book a new flight -- but it's riskier, because sometimes redeposit isn't instant and you could wind up without any reservation at all.
I've been burning my UA miles over the past year, so I don't have enough to book the new itinerary first. I hadn't thought about just canceling first—that should work fine, as there appear to be an abundance of Saver J seats on offer. I'll try that.

Added @ 12:45 ET: Well, damn. Even the cancellation tool doesn't work:

We can’t complete your request. We’re sorry for the inconvenience. You can try again later or contact Web Support for help.
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