Long story short, I obviously had a brain-dead moment and booked a ticket to New Orleans in August on the weekend when my mom's birthday falls on the same day. Couple days later I realized that mistake, and apparently it was too late...so I called united and asked the possibility of change the ticket, and it turned out the amount I need to pay to change it is $200 plus the new ticket price minus what I have paid which is nearly double the original amount. I'd be a fool to make that change... I know most airlines have raised the change fee tremendously lately. I just didn't prepare to get hit myself. I am humbly ask the Milepoint community, is there any other alternatives other than throwing the money out of the window (obviously I won't be making the trip)... Thank you.