I could not believe when the airlines are hurting for money so bad that this is actually happening.....
I am currently holding a reward reservation in business-first on Continental from IAH
for vacation. I just found out that I am actually going to have to go there on business a couple of days before my vacation, so I figured I can pull a fast one and get the airfare for my vacation free through my company trip.
I call up Continental to ask how much it is to redeposit the miles, and they tell me $35. I ask them if they are willing to wave the fee if I buy a full-fare BusinessFirst seat ($7000, ridiculus) and they say no. I ask "Are you really willing to give up a $7000 airfare just so you can charge me $35??" They reply, "That is policy and there is nothing I can do about it".
I am sure I will probably argue with them until they change it, but it is just dumb. Even if they don't, i will still pay the $35, because it is basically like getting 100,000 points for $35.