Even after you die, it may be possible for your frequent miles and points to live for your friends or family, depending on the airline.
Some have official methods for passing your points to a relative in the event of death, while others have stricter rules that do not allow any transfers. Several companies also have reunion programs where you and your friends can automatically share points so that even if you die, your points and miles will not be wasted.
The easiest thing you can do, however, is give someone your points and miles after death is to make sure they have access to your username and password, according to the Travel Advice Website.
This way, your friend or relative can use your miles without officially notifying the airline, which often requires documentation and fees.
To see what some of the official rules are, here's what seven major US airlines have to say about transferring miles and points after someone dies.
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Although American Airlines says members usually can't transfer points or miles after their death, the company allows some exceptions, "upon receipt of documentation satisfactory to American Airlines." (AP Photo / Alan Diaz)
According to the American Airlines General Terms and Conditions web site for its AAdvantage program, miles and credits are "not the property of the member."
"Neither accrued mileage, prize tickets, nor status, nor can improvements be transferred from member (i) at death, (ii) as part of the issue of internal relations, or (iii) otherwise through the operation of law, ”the website says.
The site explains there are some exceptions that say: "However, American Airlines may, in its sole discretion, credit the accrued mileage to persons specifically designated in court-approved decrees and wills upon receipt of documentation satisfactory to American Airlines, and with all applicable taxes. "19659047] Air Air Lines
Delta will not allow members to transfer miles after their death, according to SkyMiles membership rules. (iStock)
SkyMiles Delta Air Lines membership has strict rules for transferring miles or points in accordance with its program policies.
"Miles are not owned by any member," Delta says on its website for rules. "Except as expressly authorized in the Membership Guidelines and Program Policies or in writing by a Delta employee, miles may not be sold, attached, seized, taxed, pledged or transferred under any circumstances, including, without limitation, by operation of law , upon death, or in connection with any dispute over domestic relations and / or legal proceedings. "
Frontier Airlines allows members to transfer miles to their heirs after death as long as their relatives provide a death certificate or letter from the contractor. (iStock)
Frontier Airlines has several ways to transfer miles to its Frontier Miles program, according to the program terms website
Two or more members can link their accounts and earn points together through the company's Family Pooling program – so if your account is linked to someone else's account (it could be a friend or relative), they can gain access to your miles after you die automatically.
If your account is not linked to anyone else's, your loved ones need a death certificate or a letter from the contractor.
"In cases of multiple contractors or heirs, miles based on court documents, miles are divided according to court instructions. If the heir does not have a Frontier Miles account, he or she may subscribe or submit written permission to waive his or her miles entitlement, and those miles will be shared among the other heirs, "the website says.