Ugh, this is one of the nightmares of having lots of frequent flyer and hotel programs. This is the untold story of my life. I don’t know how many zillions of points and miles I’ve lost by not paying attention. Here are the tricks:
- Sign up for AwardWallet. They often have sales, but for about $10 a year, you can keep track of this stuff.
- Put all your frequent flyer miles into this. It will take a while. You can do for you and your family, but it is worth it.
- Once this is done, it will login for you and check to see when things are expiring and then you won’t lose miles again.
- When the miles are 90 days from expiration, it will send you an email. Pay attention to it!
- United is the only one that doesn’t participate, you can fix this by
Here are some notes on various programs:
- American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. They all have expiring miles. The easiest way (other than flying.
- United just announced they don’t expire and neither does JetBlue. This is actually pretty great
- All hotel reservations folks do as well.
So what do you do if you expiring miles:
- For most airlines, you can contribute 500-1,000 miles to a charity
- If you have time then you can use their mall where you can buy a magazine or something.