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American Airlines AAdvantage Miles Expiration – extend mileage expiration with a donation

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

American Airlines Mileage donation program here: http://joinus.aa.com/miles-for-kids-in-need-aadvantage-miles-donate  is both a great cause and a good way to make sure your miles don’t expire unused.   Donations will extend your expiration date – usually to 18 months from the date of donation.     The minimum donation is only 1000 miles so this is probably the “cheapest” way to extend miles as the donation only “costs” you 1000 miles – a value of about $10-$15 depending on your flying and mileage program habits.      My personal rule of thumb *used to be* to use money when the cost of the ticket was LESS THAN a penny per mile used, but this has been complicated by the fact that I have a lot of miles now from credit card offers, ticket have become very expensive, miles tickets are HARD to get, etc.   I’m now inclined use miles whenever possible simply to avoid losing them.

In any case, be SURE to check your miles expiration if you have more than about 5000 miles in your account.   Fewer than that and it may not be worth the time to mess with miles now that tickets have become hard to get using these programs.    For those short on time and long on money I’d say under 10,000 miles may not be worth your hassle time, but obviously if you have over 25000 miles – basically a free round trip in the USA on many airlines – you’ll want to preserve those miles.

As always, the secretary disavows any knowledge of your mission.    Good Luck.

IMPORTANT: Defer the Expiration of your Frequent Flyer Miles

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

All the Airlines seem to be both giving away more and more frequent flyers miles but also making it harder to use the programs.    Through credit card offers, not to mention actually travelling on planes, you can rack up hundreds of thousands of miles – enough for many trips.   Unfortunately it’s not easy to use these so you’ll need to strategize a bit, plan travel far in the future to obtain most of the lowest miles deals, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, you’ll need to hang on to your miles.

I just used a nice offer by American Airlines to extend my wife’s miles for 18 months.   She gave away 1000 miles to the “Miles for Kids in Need” program at AA, and this kept her from losing the rest of them.  Here’s the link to AA’s charity miles giveaways:  http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/redeemMiles/charities.jsp

Another way to preserve your miles is simply to buy 1000 miles for about $30 from AA.     http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/purchasingMiles/main.jsp

One of the WORST things you can do is let them expire and then pay over a penny per mile to have them reinstated – unless you have a very specific use of your miles, in my opinion it’s not worth, say $200 to keep 20,000 miles.   Some would (wrongly) suggest that the calculation would be along these lines:    “You can get a $400-500 ticket for 25,000 miles so they are worth about .02 each”.    The problem, however, is that you usually CANNOT get a ticket easily with miles and also you won’t tend to have exactly the right number for a tickets, leaving some unused or you unable to use some.    So my rule of thumb is that miles are worth about 1-2 cents per mile assuming you travel and lot are will use them.

FYI “selling and buying miles” is a risky proposition.   I’ve not done this and the laws seem fairly complicated, but I think you risk losing miles if you try that game.

Jetblue offering in-flight email

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Over at Webguild blog, Reshma is reporting that Jet Blue will offer in flight email services via WIFI. This is great news, coming on the heels of AA’s in flight WIFI experiments.

I think airlines will find that in flight WIFI is a great, great service to offer on any flights, especially those that last more than an hour. An hour is often enough time to catch up on emails and not waste a day of travel time after which you are buried again. Good luck to Jet Blue and AA with these WIFI in-flight experiments!

AA to provide on board WIFI

Friday, December 7th, 2007

A gigantic hat tip to American Airlines AA.com for the decision to provide WIFI to passengers in flight. Crunch Gear reports today that this plan is in the works and it appears WIFI on AA flights will be available soon.