Can you use my frequent flyer miles?

June 13, 2017 by Joshua
in Entrepreneurship

I want to cancel my credit card. If I do, my frequent flyer miles will expire in 30 days.

I want to cancel this month to avoid paying an annual fee (they waived it in the past and are only willing to waive half this year).

I don’t plan to travel, so I can’t use them. They said I can’t redeem them for cash. They’re called Avios and work with the consortium of airlines on this page. I could pay half the annual fee to give myself a year to figure out what to do with them, but they said I can use the Avios to buy tickets for other people so I’d rather help someone else and take care of things faster. I have just over 180,000 Avios.

If you can use them, you don’t have to travel in the next 30 days, but would have to buy the tickets then. We can split the difference so you save money and I get something for these points. Contact me and I’ll consider any offer.

Here are two articles on how to get the most value out of Avios:

The 40 ways in 2017, quoting the first article, are:


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4 responses on “Can you use my frequent flyer miles?

  1. Hi Josh, you may not want to close your credit card even if you will lose the miles. It will have adverse consequences to your credit. Just saying 🙂

    • Thanks for the perspective. I thought about checking if canceling would affect my credit score, but too late. I already canceled. I decided to let the chips fall where they would on this one.

  2. What do you think about the upcoming Avios devaluation in May 2019?

    • I don’t think much of it. I’m in my fourth year of not flying and I think my mom ended up using my points.

      I can’t believe how much choosing not to fly improved my life. I suppose I might feel differently if planes were solar-powered, but they aren’t. In the meantime, nearly everyone I know pollutes more than nearly every human who has ever lived, knows they are harming people, and acts like they are powerless to stop themselves.

      I don’t know what to call it except the privilege of scientific ignorance.

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