Miles in the Combined United-Continental Program WIll Expire

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  1. gleff
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    As I noted in the thread on the new United Explorer Visa
    http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/the-new-united-credit-card-is-the-explorer-card.14533/

    ... there's an interesting benefit listed there.

    I wonder if United-Continental meant for Chase to be breaking this news today?

    Here's the card website
    http://www4.chasecreditcards.com/MPConsumer40kAFW.aspx

    And here's what it has to say:

    Interesting.
     
  2. mht_flyer
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    Don't like it......

    But for most folks here it's something that will never be a issue....
     
  3. goalie
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    Don't like it either but for me, it will be an issue as where I'm unemployed, I severed my CC relationships to keep expenses down.
     
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    I don't read that as non-credit card holders' miles will expire, just that credit card holders miles won't. It's a logical assumption, but not necessarily a fact.
     
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    I can't say that I'm surprised at all by this.
     
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    Yeah - don't think it will be an issue for anyone here, but probably an issue for those of us w/ parents / grandparents around!
     
  7. Geo
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    To be correct, the current CO program does have expiring miles. The language is there in the program rules. The thing is, CO doesn't enforce that particular aspect... but it is there in case they want to.
     
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    I'm not worried about this. If you get to the point in time that the miles expire then you've pretty much already lost the value of the investment, certainly if you look at the RoI perspective including the potential value of having accrued the points elsewhere. Plus it is ridiculously easy to keep the points alive, unlike a program such as TrueBlue where only flying or co-branded CC transactions extend them. Use a tool like GoMiles if you are really worried about them expiring (you should probably use something like it anyways) but this shouldn't be something that rankles folks who know what they're doing with points. If anything we should be somewhat happy as things which keep the costs of running the program down without screwing us over mean better value for us in the meantime.
     
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    A dollar in iTunes keeps them alive. It really isn't an issue for the vast majority of the folks who have points unless they simply aren't paying any attention at all.
     
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  10. gleff
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    No, agreed, I don't think this is a huge deal. I posted it because it was an answer to a question that folks had about integration, which UA/CO hadn't yet announced. It is a frustration that some people broadly have, not a frustration that any of us are likely to deal with in a meaningful way.
     
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    A friend who almost never flies commented to me the other day that he kept his UA miles alive by buying a magazine subscription with 400 miles. If he can d:) it, anyone can. Having to remember to do so is an annoyance, however.
     
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    I believe oh wise one that mileage transfers keep miles alive, so if anyone out there in mileage expiration land is concerned, I am more than happy to be the recipient of a mileage transfer from his/her account where expiration is imminent. I am pleased as always to serve this great community.:D:p
     
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    There is discussion on FT that flex EQM from the CO Presidents card will expire, too (after three years). Frankly I'm in favor of expiration as long as there are no limits on earning. With fewer RDMs in circulation, award inflation should be limited. And with fewer ways to earn EQM, the number of elites will be limited at the highest tiers. These could be important issues once the merger is complete as there will be A LOT of elites. Not just the total from UA and CO but additional elites who previously split where they credited flights so that a silver in each program is now a gold in the combined program. I am skeptical that there will be any DEQM or similar promos for the next year or two unless there is a serious economic hit like another recession or 9/11.
     
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    As long as it's not as bad as Aeroplan, where your miles expire after either 1 year of inactivity OR 7 years from the date they were earned.... I see no issue with an inactivity expiry, it's not too difficult to keep an account active these days with all the different ways to earn miles.

    Big tradeoff for me is if I collect in UA, no credit cards up here in Canada (well, except for going through SPG with a 50% devaluation in points). So I put up with the stupid 7 year thing, even though I hardly ever fly AC these days... actually, I just don't collect points at all anymore.
     
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    Yeah, but you aced that interview the other day, no? ;)
     
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    Yes but the person I interviewed with was a moron and my gut is telling me I was simply being used for resumé file padding fodder :(
     
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    Not a surprise, and not an issue for me. Might make redemption slightly easier though.
     
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