Depositing 10-25 miles into a mileage account to prevent expiration sometimes offers reasonably nice signup bonuses, even for their limited-functionality free accounts. But 250 miles may be nice, but it occurs to me that in some cases 10 – 25 miles can be nice as well.

My brother-in-law had about 9,000 miles in his Alaska Airlines account, with no activity since December 2003. Alaska accounts expire after three years of inactivity. We were pushing up against that deadline, and 9000 miles on Alaska are worth saving since it takes only 10,000 to confirm a first class upgrade (such as from DC to Seattle) from any coach fare. Bingo, 25 points posted to his Alaska account in a matter of days. And his account is good for another three years.

Among others, these minor points offers are available for USAirways, Alaska, Midwest, Hawaiian, and American (though expiration rules vary by program – a list of expiration policies for US programs can be found on Flyertalk here, and international programs are summarized in a separate thread as well).

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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