Losing Frequent Flyer Miles?

Are you at risk of losing your frequent flyer miles? Frequent flyer miles are becoming harder to use, and in some cases if you don’t have activity in your account, you can lose all of the miles you’ve accumulated. On one airline, I was close to losing mine.

The question is, what do you do if you’re at risk of losing frequent flyer miles? Do you just let the airline “take them?” I don’t think so.

My philosophy is, do something useful with them. Today I donated miles to a favorite charity-The Fisher House. They are (to quote them)

“supporting America’s military in their time of need, we provide “a home away from home” that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time — during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury….”

This, I think, is a great cause.

Granted, I could have transferred them to another person with the same mileage program, bought more miles and taken a trip, or lost the miles.

Donating miles is quite simple. Just log into your mileage account. Find the “Frequent Flyer” program, and then follow the links to “donating miles”. I then selected the charity I wanted to donate to, and clicked a few more times, and that was it. I did have to donate in 5000 mile increments.

While researching for this article, I was alerted of a website that handles frequent flyer miles, and gives you options of how to use them. It’s www.points.com. I didn’t take the time to register (for free), and find out exactly how their program works, but it looks like a site worth checking out (if you choose to try and keep your miles, or use them for purchases). I found out about www.points.com, on an interesting site called The Travel Writer’s Life

Don’t rise losing those unused frequent flyer miles. Check your accounts today.

Donating frequent flyer miles may also be a tax write off. Check with your accountant.

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