Delta miles no longer transferable upon death

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/03/22/delta-frequent-flier/2010985/

    Delta Air Lines has changed its frequent flier policy to no longer allow miles to be transferred upon death.

    The former policy stated that miles would expire after a member's death, but that the administrator or executor of the member's estate could request that Delta reinstate and transfer the miles to a relative, according to WPTV.com.

    Starting this month, that will no longer be the case.

    Delta spokewoman Chris Kelly confirmed the change to Today in the Sky.

    "We are the only airline whose miles do not expire, so our customers have the ability to enjoy using miles without the risk of ever losing them," she said."We are proud to have that policy, because it affects every SkyMiles member. In order to offer this unique benefit, some other, lesser-used policies were examined and determined not to have as much value to our members."

    Read More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/03/22/delta-frequent-flier/2010985/
     
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  2. KyRoamer
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    Shame on Delta.

    I'll not tell them that I'm dead and let my wife and kids use my name and password to use up the miles. Keep this quiet as I do not want them to know I died. It's true. I just annoyed my wife and she confirmed it saying that I was a dead man. :D If you see no further posts by me, don't bother reporting her because all will agree that I deserved it.
     
  3. gleff
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    And here I had been hoping that eventually my grandchildren (or THEIR grandchildren) would eventually be able to find a low level business class award at Delta.com. :(
     
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    OMG! This means that I have to burn my skypesitas while I am alive.

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  5. sobore
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    Do not despair fellow Milepointers, remember you can redeem miles for merchandise before you die.

    Why not get this lovely TV for just 750,000 miles?

    [​IMG]
     
  6. legalalien
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    I have to agree. This particular benefit was of little value to the expired members.
     
  7. Jaimito Cartero
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    Looks like they let the bean counters out, again.
     
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    And you could only use it once . . .
     
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    Comparing programs, what's US, AA and UA policy on this?
     
  10. PanAm
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    Delta SkyMiles never expire - until you do!
     
  11. KyRoamer
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    Delta Skymiles pay no interest and are devalued periodically. The same is true for other points and miles. So best advice is to spend them as fast as you can.

    Still Delta is being a stinker here. Tweet your complaints. Post them on Facebook. Make sure Delta knows how unhappy you are.
     
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    I wonder how it works if you die in a DL crash?
     
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    You are compensated with free lifetime travel, lifetime lounge access and lifetime elite status. :eek:
     
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    Honestly, when I told my spouse about this, the response was "I wasn't planning on telling them!"
     
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    Not planning to die soon but thought my family might come to my funeral on my DL miles. Well, guess I shall just fly til I die on my waaay too many accumulated SkyMiles...

    Tired of Delta moving the goalposts. USAir (soon to be AA) now flying into MLB....
     
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    Well, this ends the old concept that "he who dies with the most points wins".
     
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    This is sad but......make sure you loved ones have important digital passwords. Airlines miles can be transferred on line.
     
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    Delta miles can't be transferred, unless you want to pay an expensive transfer fee, the last I looked.
     
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    But they can be used by someone else.

    In other news, I have decided not to die.
     
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    Yes, but they referenced transferring. When I've looked at transferring, it's at least 1cpm, which is usually close to SM value.
     
  21. newbluesea
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    All you have to do is wait until they are running one of the seemlingly regular 2 for 1 transfer promos.

    My wife's older sister passed away about 6 years ago but her DL account which I kept tabs on was (and still is) active. We used one of those promo to top off my wifes account with the miles remaining it. (it was just under 20k so not enough to fully redeem an award) the promo at the time even waved the $30 transfer fee.

    Basically if no one tells Delta they wont know anyway.
     
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    They really need to break out a mashup of Deltalina wagging her finger and saying "Delta Skymiles may NOT be used after you die"
     
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