Inherited Miles?

November 18, 2013
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. My spouse is deceased and has United and Delta frequent flyer miles. How can I transfer these to my name?



    A. Airlines are making this harder than in the past. Some airlines, including Delta and United, have an official policy of not allowing free transfer of miles (you can pay for transfers for a per-mile fee; however this is expensive); but it’s worth calling the airline to see if they’ll make an exception. If you know your deceased spouse’s account number and password, however, you can “gift” yourself free travel awards, using the miles that way. You'll find more info on this topic here.

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