Airfarewatchdog founder George Hobica says the chart is long overdue. “Sooner or later, many of us will be faced with the possibility of bequeathing or inheriting frequent flyer miles. We found that policies governing the transfer of miles vary from airline to airline, and some airlines flatly state on their websites that miles cannot be transferred upon death, but that's actually not true.”
Some of the points and highlights covered in Airfarewatchdog's chart -
- American Airlines - requires a copy of the pages of the will identifying the deceased, and the executor, and a page showing the date of execution. Other rules also apply. A fee of $50 to transfer more than 10,000 miles.
- Continental Airlines - requires a death certificate and a letter from the executor authorizing the transfer of miles. No transfer fee.
- Delta Airlines - requires an affidavit from the executor and a letter (if more than one heir) from all beneficiaries to distribute miles. No transfer fee.
- United Airlines - requires copy of a death certificate and proof of beneficiary. United sends out a form for this. The transfer fee is $75.