I recently was returning from a trip from Europe and missed a connection flight because I fell asleep in the terminal. I showed up to the gate about 10 minutes after it closed. This was my own fault but I want to see what the best approach is for recovering the $125 rebook fee United charged me to get on the next flight.
My entire trip was booked using miles on United and I was traveling on a partner airline within Europe. After missing the connection I called United and they were able to get me on the last flight from that airport that would allow me to return home (USA) that day. The agent said she needed my credit card for the $125 change fee. I would have wanted to discuss whether this could be waived but by the flight was boarding and I had to run to another terminal to catch it. If I tried to discuss the fee with her I certainly would have missed the flight and would have had to overnight in the connection destination.
What recourse do I have for trying to recoup this fee? Or what would be the best approach? United's policy is $125 to change a flight within 60 days off departure. However, needing to rebook the final segments of an itinerary due to missing a connection seems different than simply wanting to change a flight due for the convenience of changing one's final departure dates.