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How to Avoid Losing my United Airlines FF Miles

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How to Avoid Losing my United Airlines FF Miles

My wife and I I have accumulated enough frequent flyer miles for us to redeem miles for a trip to China or somewhere in that region, assuming that we could snag the seats. The problem is the timing. We can not get away in time to avoid losing our miles due to United's policy of miles expiring after 18 months of no activity. I would like to clarify what that policy means. Do you merely have to book the flights using the miles, or must the travel be completed before 18 months has expired? What constitutes activity. Can we simply make charges to our United/Chase VISA card and that count as activity which would be the easiest? or Could we buy miles or give away miles to qualify or must we travel to constitute activity?

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1. Re: How to Avoid Losing my United Airlines FF Miles

If you dont get an answer on here, or even if you do, make your way to flyertalk, look in the united section there and the FAQs, I cant believe the answer to this query isn't in there already

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2. Re: How to Avoid Losing my United Airlines FF Miles

Any addition or subraction of miles to your account will count as activity and reset your 18 month clock. One of the easiest ways is to buy something through a United partner that will earn you frequent flier miles.

united.com/CMS/…

Registering your credit card with Mileage Plus Dining is also not a bad idea. You automatically get miles when you dine at a participating restaurant and use your credit card, so miles have a tendency to pop up when you don't even realize it.

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I just realized that you have a United credit card, so the miles you earn with that will count as activity.

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Head on over to The Points Guy or FT. Even if you get an answer here, TPG and FT are "the experts" and will go the extra mile to help you.

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Yes the credit card should constitute activity.

It might be useful to look through the Mileage plus rules on the United website which are pretty easy to link to. I also think that if you are registered online you can check the expiration date of your miles if you want to be sure of your own account.

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imo just having and renewing your united card is enough to keep the miles valid. no need for any so called activity.

Edited: 3:38 pm, March 25, 2013
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""Account Activity", for purposes of these rules, shall be deemed to occur when a member accrues mileage in such member’s account in any manner as outlined and set forth in these Rules, or as otherwise approved by United, or when the member redeems any MileagePlus or partner award by the use of mileage in the member’s account. In cases where mileage is for any reason removed from an account, as for example the redemption of an award, and there is a subsequent cancellation of the award or removal of miles and a return of the miles to the member’s account, the cancellation of the award or removal and return of the mileage to the account shall not qualify as "Account Activity.""

united.com/web/…default.aspx

And note that redeeming miles for an award ticket gets you a ticket and counts as activity. So you won't lose your award ticket. The only thing that may happen is that if you cancel the ticket and the miles are returned to the account, then the original redemption is not counted as activity, and you may run up against the (current) expiration date again.

All you need is activity on your Mileage Plus account. So if you buy something that qualifies for miles or pay for something in miles, your account will continue to be active for a further 18 months.

united.com/web/…default.aspx

united.com/web/…default.aspx

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8. Re: How to Avoid Losing my United Airlines FF Miles

I just donated 1000 miles to the Red Cross until I got an award....

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9. Re: How to Avoid Losing my United Airlines FF Miles

Use this site:

https:/…

Log in and go to iTunes through the site. All you have to do is make one purchase to keep your account active. No need to give away any miles.

Edited: 5:58 pm, March 25, 2013
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10. Re: How to Avoid Losing my United Airlines FF Miles

Use your United Credit Card to buy groceries that you would buy anyway, and you should be fine.

I charge pretty much everything to my CC to get miles for everything - and nothing will expire that way.