Flight Change mileage

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  1. bjdriscoll

    bjdriscoll Silver Member

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    I think I know the answer to my question, but I am unable to find the answer elsewhere so I thought I'd check here.

    I need to push a flight from MCO-SEA back one weekend. The original flight goes through IAH but, in an effort to gain a few extra EQMs, I'm looking to change to go through EWR.

    1. Is there any way to get the change fee waived? (I'm only Silver at present)
    2. The mileage accrual will be based on the changed flight (through EWR) not the original flight (through IAH), correct? (The reason I'm confused is because when I go to change the flight online, there is no display of any mileage for any flight.)

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Mackieman
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    1. Nope, unless you're buying up to F or something or have a flexible Y fare.
    2. The route you fly will be the miles you earn.
     
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  3. gleff
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    When you change a ticket prior to departure, you are generally cancelling one itinerary and buying a new ticket. You'll pay a fee for this privilege with most fares. Although the most common way to get out of a change fee is an airline schedule change which doesn't work for you. Guessing that doesn't apply in this situation.

    You'll earn miles for the itinerary you actually fly.
     
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  4. bjdriscoll

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    Thank you, Mackieman, that's what I thought on both counts. On a positive note, the additional mileage of going through EWR will bump me to Gold once again.

    Gleff, the initial outbound flight was changed by five minutes. I am going to call in the morning and see what I can do but I'm guessing that won't be enough. I'm naive when it comes to changes; all the years I've been flying, I've never once had to change a flight.
     
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  5. gleff
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    No 5 minutes isn't enough. I don't recall whether the current rule is 1 hour or 2 hours...?
     
  6. bjdriscoll

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    Yeah, I didn't think so. It can't hurt to try but I'm not expecting anything and I'm certainly not going to push the issue if the answer is no. I've already looked into it and the change fee total won't be too bad.

    Thank you both for the prompt replies.
     
  7. Flyer1976
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    1:30 I believe but I have had them be flexible if it was 1:00 or so...
     
  8. Rob
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    Per the current Contract of Carriage, it's officially two hours.
     

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