As of today, United miles will no longer expire:
Previously, miles expired after 18 months of inactivity unless you were a Chase United cardholder.
This copies Delta and JetBlue no expiration policies on their miles.
However, Delta devalued their miles after they got rid of mileage expiration as they changed from an award chart based program to a dynamically priced program.
Unlike other airlines, it is still possible to obtain excellent values on last minute tickets with United.
Unfortunately, the game will change on 11/15 as United removes their award charts and moves to a dynamically priced program.
Sure, removing mileage expiration in and of itself is a good thing and consumer friendly. But I’d beware of airlines bearing gifts, especially when it increases their liabilities.
The game is changing and the future is uncertain, but while United wonders why people aren’t using their cards, the answer is simple. I’m still bullish on hybrid point currencies to deliver the best value possible for your credit card spending and I try to avoid locking in points with individual airlines.
But United could have switched to dynamic pricing and kept mileage expiration policies, so I suppose this is a good thing at the end of the day?