My cousin called me yesterday afternoon to ask a question about her American Airlines miles expiring. She has a stash of miles expiring in a few months and didn’t even know that miles expire. I gave her a short answer because I was heading home from the mall to get ready for dinner. But it got me thinking, that maybe I hadn’t given her the best advice or even all the options, so I did some research and here’s what I’d tell her now.
Yup, your miles will expire if you don’t have activity in your account every 18 months. If you have no plans to fly to keep your account active, there are plenty of options. My cousin could:
Apply for a Citi AAdvantage or Barclays Aviator Credit Card.
Make a hotel reservation or car rental with an AAdvantage hotel or car rental partner. As long as her American Airlines frequent flyer number is linked to the reservation, she’ll get activity in her account and keep her miles alive.
Link a credit card to the American Airlines dining program. She can link American Airlines and then get miles when she eats at select restaurants.
Shop online using the AAdvantage shopping portal.
Buy or gift miles, redeem for a magazine subscription, or donate miles to any of American Airline’s partner charities.
Disclaimer: I have made some travel predictions in previous years and I am more often wrong than right, but that losing streak has not dampered my prediction spirit. To see how bad I am at making predictions, please read A Look Back at my 2016 Predictions (Airlines, Hotels, Credit Cards & MS). I consider myself an optimistic pessimist (I prepare for the worst, but hope for the best), so these travel predictions will sound depressing.
Southwest seems bent on making the Companion Pass very difficult to get unless you fly Southwest every week. I believe credit card signup bonuses will no longer count toward the Companion Pass and Southwest might kill the whole concept of the Companion Pass entirely or switch to a certificate program similar to the Alaska Airlines companion fare or Virgin America companion ticket.
Other airline credit cards will adopt the Alaska Airlines companion fare (you pay full price and your companion pays up to $120) or the Virgin America companion ticket (you pay full price and your companion pays full price minus $150).
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your Monday Tuesday is going well. I am writing this post about JetBlue while in-flight on Virgin America from JFK to SFO. I just received an email from Award Wallet letting me know that my JetBlue TrueBlue points balance increased. Whenever I see a large change in miles/points/cash back, I like to investigate to see what happened. Here are the facts in this instance:
I booked a JetBlue flight from Long Beach (LGB) to New York City (JFK) on November 7 using 23,100 JetBlue TrueBlue points (flight departed on December 27).
While booking the flight, I paid 1,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points for the Even More Space upgrade (extra legroom seats near the front of the plane) – I believe you need to be JetBlue Mosaic to get this points option, since normally seat upgrades cost up to $99.
I was approved for the Barclays JetBlue Plus Credit Card on December 6 and received the credit card in the mail on December 12.
I took the JetBlue flight from LGB to JFK on December 27 and the rebated points posted on December 28.
Good morning everyone. I just wanted to give a quick shout out to everyone who attended the SF Travel Hackers Meetup event last night – congratulations to the winning trivia team, congrats if you won a cool raffle prize (or two), and thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets. We raised roughly $250 and will use that money to pay meetup.com membership fees and help secure future meetup locations. Here’s to a great 2017 of travel hacker meetups!
Back to our regularly scheduled post…
During my recent App-O-Rama, I was instantly approved for the Barclays JetBlue Plus Credit Card. The credit card offers 30,000 JetBlue TrueBlue Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months with a $99 annual fee (not waived). There is also a Barclays JetBlue Credit Card (no annual fee) and a Barclays JetBlue Business Credit Card available ($99 annual fee, not waived). I will discuss the features of the Barclays JetBlue Plus Credit Card below and why I think it is a great card to get and keep for a long time.