How to Track Your Miles and Points and Keep Them from Expiring

  How to Track Your Miles and Points and Keep Them from Expiring Between a busy job and everything else, I don’t have a lot of time to keep track of frequent flier accounts and their expiration dates. If this sounds like you, there are two things you can do to easily track your accounts and keep them active:

1. Get an AwardWallet Account: 



     Set up a free AwardWallet account. I use the service to keep track of my accounts, though I always opt to “remember” the passwords locally. The free basic account gives you access to check account balances and provides expiration dates of up 3 accounts. I paid for the upgraded version because all I want to track the expiration dates of all my accounts.

2. Keeping Your Account Active: 

    There are a number of ways to keep your account active. An easy way is to shop through a program’s shopping portal. I use a site called evrewards.com – which aggregates rewards offerings by retailer. If you plan to shop things online, you may as well extend your account expiration dates. Alternatively, you can also keep an account active by buying and donating miles, or redeeming your points.

What Happens to Your Miles and Points When You Die?

     Everyone saves miles and points, but “What happens to your miles and points when you die?” It may come as a surprise, but I don’t have a plan for them. The reason? I actually don’t sit on tons of miles and points. I often use them to reduce out-ofpocket expenses. Since I travel often with family, I also burn miles and points at a faster rate than I earn them. I just don’t believe in hoarding them. They devalue over time; my mentality is to use them when possible.
 There are things you could potentially do, such as putting the account on your will. However, that assumes you have a will and the loyalty program permits the transfer to a beneficiary. Not all programs do.

 A simpler solution?

 Use them and travel with loved ones while you can.
Not everyone gets the value of miles or points. Not everyone think they are worth the time and effort, either, or want to deal with blackout dates or expiration dates. Even if you will your points to your beneficiaries, they might not even know what to do with them. Why not use them up and experience travel with your loved ones while you still can?
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