As I mentioned before, one of my very good friends has about 500,000 UAL miles. She was concerned this fall because she knew that her points were going to expire at the end of the year. She had me over her house to try to book a trip for her so her miles wouldn’t expire. She didn’t need to go to that extreme.
If you are close to having your miles expire, there are several easy ways to save your miles without having to take a trip.
To keep your airline miles from expiring you must have some type of activity within your account. If you have a co-branded credit card and use it at least a few times a year, that is sufficient activity to keep your airline miles from expiring.
You can also go through your airline shopping portal (AAdvantage, United Mileage Plus, Delta Skymiles Shopping) purchase something like flowers for your mother, significant other and it is a win-win situation – you get points for sending flowers as well as extending your miles 🙂
Another way is by dining. You can also earn miles when you register your credit card on your airline’s dining site (American, United, or Delta). All you need to do is to pay with that credit card at a participating restaurant, and you’ll receive miles in your account. You can register your card with all three and get miles with both United, American and Delta. Again, a win-win-win situation.
You can also transfer miles into your airline accounts from either Ultimate Reward points you have, AmEx Membership Rewards or even hotel points from Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, Priority Club, and Starwood Preferred Guest. You do not need to transfer a lot into your account – remember you just need some activity in your account to keep it active.
You can fly on a partner airline and credit it to the airline of your choice that is in your alliance. When we flew US Airways, I credited the miles to United – kept those miles current. I did not have many miles on US Airways so I wasn’t losing anything on US Airways.
Hope this has helped you in keeping your miles current.