United Changes Its Frequent Flyer Plan So Miles Expire in 18 Months

United Airlines revised its frequent flyer program policies over the weekend so miles now expire after 18 months.  Worse, this is retroactive to July 1, 2006.  It’s almost worth reading the press release I linked to because somehow they make it sound like this is a benefit to consumers.  Impressive.  Remember, though, you can keep the account active by making a small purchase through the United Airlines shopping site.


  1. In a totally unrelated story, the Bush administration has announced a tax cut for those in the highest income bracket while at the same time increasing the taxes on everyone else. “This way our most successful taxpayers won’t have to wait on lines to buy things with poor people”