Friday, September 6, 2013
Frequent flier miles can be a valuable asset. Of the twelve airlines, five of them do not allow miles or points to be transferred after death. The airlines prohibiting post- mortem transfers are Delta, Southwest, Spirit, Hawaiian, and JetBlue. Corporate officials from all of the airlines told USA Today whether the airline policy allowed transfers, but many of the companies had difficulty explaining the process by which it would permit people to do so. In fact, some airlines do not even have published policies. There are variations in the policies some airlines allow beneficiaries on a case-by-case basis, some charge a flat fee, and others require that the transfer be made only to a spouse or beneficiary. People hoping to get their points transferred should take the necessary steps and check with the airline for their specific policy.
See Gary Stoller What Happens to Frequent-Flier Miles If You Die?, USA Today, Sep. 1, 2013.