Eli wrote in a comment,
“My air canada miles are expiring tomorrow due to no activity do u know of any way i can keep them (with out things like donating) please let me know…Thanx”
Air Canada’s Aeroplan has the harshest mileage expiration policy of a non-LCC North American carrier.
Miles expire if there is no activity in a 12 month period, and they are removed 7 years after they were earned even if you do have activity within 12 months.
That being the case, it is well worth your while to credit Air Canada flight miles to another Star Alliance carrier, such as United.
There are good ways to get miles for free on AC, such as getting 1,000 miles for signing up for a free National Emerald club membership, but those are unlikely to post in time to save your miles.
I am not 100% familiar with the Aeroplan program, so I will lay out the options that work for the programs that I am familiar with, and hope that some of them work for you.
You don’t need to earn miles, you only need account activity to extend the life of miles, so here are some options to extend miles that are expiring soon:
1. Make an award booking: If you have enough miles to book an award ticket, that activity should extend the life of your miles. After the ticket is confirmed and your account is debited for the miles you can go ahead and cancel the ticket. The charge for this varies by airline, but averages $50-$100.
2. Buy miles: Most airlines sell miles for about 3 cents each. While it’s rarely worth buying enough miles for a ticket at that price, it is worth buying 500 miles to extend the life of all your miles!
3. Transfer miles: Most airlines allow you to transfer miles to family members or even other people at about 2 cents a mile. Just make the minimum transfer and you’re good to go!
4. Starwood: Transfer Starpoints into miles.
There are more options, such as opening up a credit card, but that is only an option when you have a couple months for the miles to post…