If American Airlines has expired your miles and you would like to get a check from AA for the amount you would pay for the miles, IT's Fast and Easy! In 2004 I filed a small claim court action in Monterey County, California against American Airlines for expiring 56,000 miles from my frequent flyer account. The reason AA gave for expiring the miles was they changed their "policies" and that I had not flown on AA for over 3 years. The judge ruled that although AA "policies" had changed, expiring the miles was unethical and illegal. I was awarded a judgement by the court and received a check from AA for the amount it would cost to buy those miles back. Approximately $1400.00 History repeats itself. In 2012 AA expired approximately 10,000 more miles from my frequent flyer account after no activity for 3 years. I demanded the miles be reinstated and AA refused. Again I sued AA in Monterey County small claims court and won a judgement for the amount I would pay if I were to buy the expired miles PLUS the $40 court and filing costs. Two months later I received a check from American Airlines. Note: AA could have appealed either decision and chose not to. I am happy to provide a copy of the 2 page form that I filed and the judgement received.