Remember the good old days when frequent flier miles lasted forever? Those were good times. Then a few years ago, the airlines decided that they would start expiring – they required that you earn mileage at least once every three years. Otherwise, they’d expire.
Well, Upgrade: Travel Better points out the sneaky move by US Airways to cut that time to a mere 18 months now. Once you click into the page on the US Airways site, you find that this new policy goes into place on Jan 31, 2007. If you need more than 18 months, you have the option to pay $50 + $.01 per mile to reactivate the account for another 18 months. After that point, they’re gone forever. The horror!
Wait . . . I like this idea.
If you can’t earn a single mile in over 18 months, what’s wrong with you? It’s not like you even need to fly. You just need to earn with any partner. That means you could get the credit card and earn miles, you can stay at a hotel, rent a car, and you can even buy some friggin’ flowers to get miles. If it’s not even important enough for you to do one of those things in 18 months, then you really don’t care too much about your miles, and the airlines should be able to wipe them off their books.