Every year, Airline Frequent Flyer members lose miles because they don't manage their accounts properly. Managing your account is easy and doesn't take a lot of time. If you do it right, you can extend the life of your miles so you don't lose them.
Here are some tips:
1. Buy miles or transfer miles to a friend or family member. You don't have to transfer a lot of miles....between 1,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the airline. Check your Mileage Program for details. There are fees involved, but if transferring mileage saves you thousands of soon-expiring miles, the fees may well prove worth paying.
2. Get a credit card that gives you miles based on your purchases. Get a credit card that is automatically linked to your Mileage Account.
3. Shop online. Go to the Airline's website and make a purchase from one of their affiliated retailers. Make sure you enter the retailer's website through the Airline website link to insure you get the miles associated with the purchase.
4. Take a survey. Many survey sites will give you miles if you complete a survey. Here are a few to get you started: www.opinionplace.com and http://www.e-miles.com.
The bottom line is that Airlines want to see activity on your Frequent Flyer accounts. Don't give them a chance to expire your miles.