United joins Delta, JetBlue in offering lifetime miles for its loyalty members. Frequent fliers on United Airlines will no longer have to worry about using their award miles before they expire.
The Chicago-based airline announced Wednesday that its MileagePlus reward miles will never expire, effective immediately. Previously, unused miles expired after 18 months if there was no account activity. “We want to demonstrate to our members that we are committing to them for the long-haul and giving customers a lifetime to use miles is an exceptionally meaningful benefit,” Luc Bondar, United’s president of MileagePlus, said in a statement.
MileagePlus rewards can be used on flights, hotels, in-flight amenities, car rentals and more.
United joins Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways with lifetime miles for its loyalty members. American Airlines miles expire after 18 months of inactivity, while Southwest Airlines and Alaska give members 24 months to use or lose their miles.
The thought behind United's new option is that customers will appreciate having one less thing to worry about during the hectic shuffle to the airport.
As long as the renewal application is submitted before the expiration date, travelers will have up to a year afterward to enjoy all the benefits of the program, even if that renewal takes an extended amount of time to process.
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