My 60,000 United miles has expired. I couldn’t even imagine this can happen as I wasn’t notified about miles expiration. How can I get miles back?
Answered on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 by
Amy Miller

Expiring miles is a very unpleasant situation. Many United MileagePlus members complain about their expiring United miles. Hovewer, United MileagePlus program offers its members two ways to solve this problem. First, you can buy back your miles. Secondly, since you had more than 20,000 miles to expire, you can reinstate them by making a purchase with United and then paying a $100 fee: you can take a flight with United or successfully apply, get approved and make a purchase with a United MileagePlus credit card that was opened after payment of the registration fee. You can find the full terms on the United website.

However, you can avoid such situations with miles expirations. Travel rewards credit cards allow you to earn miles towards your United flights with no risk of miles expiration. For example, let’s take the Discover it® Miles. This card comes with unlimited 1.5 miles on all purchases. The great benefit of this card is that all the miles that you’ve earned are matched at the end of the year (if you are a new cardmember). So if you earned 30,000 miles, you’ll get 60,000 miles. Your miles never expire, so you can earn miles for a really long time.

Comparing with United credit cards, the Discover it® Miles comes with no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees. Also there is a 14-month 0% intro APR on purchases. You can purchase an expensive roundtrip ticket and pay it off during a year.

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You can earn frequent flyer miles using credit cards. There are two options to choose from: airline co-branded credit cards and general travel credit cards with miles rewards. Airline co-branded credit cards are good for those who prefer to fly particluar airline all the time. General travel credit cards are not tied to any particular airline – you will be able to earn and redeem miles with any airline.

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