How to Keep Delta SkyMiles from Expiring

by Michael on January 20, 2011 · 0 comments

We recently received a letter from Delta Airlines stating that, in the absence of further account activity, our six year old’s Delta SkyMiles would expire at the end of January. Yikes! Time to act fast and save those frequent flyer miles…

As it turns out, any account activity would suffice, whether it was earning or spending miles. We didn’t have any family travel planned, and I’m not interested in applying for a mileage credit card for a kid, so we had to come up with another strategy.

After poking around, I discovered that we could renew our subscription to Money Magazine for 800 miles. While there were some cheaper options (as low as 500 miles), we already subscribe to Money and the 800 miles is only worth about eight bucks – not a bad price for a 12 month subscription.

Going forward, I’m planning on keeping a closer eye on our mileage expirations and rotating our random mileage-earning opportunities. For example, I just switched our HHonors mileage to another one of our kids, whose miles would otherwise expire later this year.

We’ll be staying at the Embassy Suites in Lake Buena Vista, Florida over Spring Break (we’re going to Disney World, baby!) so that little bit of activity should keep his miles active for another two years.

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