TRAVEL NEWS – On Wednesday United Airlines announced its MileagePlus miles would no longer expire. This comes as welcome news for some travelers who before had to worry about their miles expiring within 18 months of non-travel with the airline.

In a United press release Luc Bondar, vice president of loyalty and president of MileagePlus at United had this to say:

“We want to demonstrate to our members that we are committing to them for the long-haul and giving customers a lifetime to use miles is an exceptionally meaningful benefit.”

For business travelers in particular, this may be especially helpful for those who have changed jobs or for whatever reason can no longer use United Airlines as their air carrier of choice. Those miles can now be used at a later date without fear of expiring.

This change by United matches the no-expiration for frequent flyer miles currently offered by Delta Airlines and JetBlue. American Airlines’ miles still expire after 18 months of non-use, while Alaska Airlines and Southwest miles expire after 24 months.

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