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Best airline mileage programs

CardHub has released its latest study on airline loyalty programs. The findings offer a picture of who gives the most to its customers when it comes to using their respective loyalty programs. Some are better than others. Here are some key findings:

  • Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways are the only two major airlines whose miles do not expire because of inactivity. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines miles expire after just 3 and 6 months of account inactivity, respectively.
  • United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Frontier Airlines are the only carriers that impose blackout dates for tickets purchased with miles.
  • American, JetBlue, Frontier and Hawaiian do not allow rewards program members to redeem miles for flights that include layovers.
  • Except for Southwest, all of the major airlines charge a very high fee, up to $200, to redeposit miles in the event of changes to or the cancellation of an award ticket

For a look at the complete study check out CardHub.

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