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Cashing In Airline Miles  
User currently offlinecontrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3479 times:

I have some air miles I probably won't be able to use as the airline doesn't serve anywhere around here. I've heard that there are ways to trade them in for cash, but I'm a bit reluctant.

Has anyone done this before? Who is reputable? How does the transaction take place?

Thanks.


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User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Never heard of such a thing. And fairly certain that it would violate the terms of every ff program on the planet.

User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3446 times:

Most, if not all, airline programs do not allow you to sell miles although some do permit gifting of miles to another member. There may be a fee involved for transferring those miles.

Check out the rules of the program of which you are a member to see whether it would be worthwhile as you would have to consider not only the value of the miles but also the cost of the transfer.


User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

As RamblinMan said, it's certainly against the rules of every FF program. A google search will redirect you to some "companies" willing to trade your miles, but I'd be reluctant to do that too. Also keep in mind that FF miles only have a low value, so unless you have thousands of them I don't think it's worth trading them for cash... Just my   


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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1905 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3416 times:

What about Points.com? They don't let you "cash" your points, but you can transfer them to a program you frequent more often.


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3378 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
What about Points.com?


  That's my suggestion as well. I got an excellent deal from someone really desperate for AA miles when I wanted to offload some.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27245 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

Please be cautious as airlines can deem this as fraud and shut down your account with no come back . You will also be blacklisted . You take your chances with this Im afraid.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3365 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 5):
That's my suggestion as well. I got an excellent deal from someone really desperate for AA miles when I wanted to offload some.

But you know, that is against the airlines T&Cs. You are NOT allowed to sell miles.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Please be cautious as airlines can deem this as fraud and shut down your account with no come back . You will also be blacklisted . You take your chances with this Im afraid.

not quite, see below

Quoting B747forever (Reply 7):
But you know, that is against the airlines T&Cs. You are NOT allowed to sell miles.

But you know, AA advertise points.com on their own website and AA's own buy/gift/share miles programme is even run by points.com. The catch is that you have to pay a fee to trade your AAdvantage miles.

[Edited 2012-02-05 06:15:46]


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User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

Some airlines allow it I think, but you'll get a terrible rate of return if you try and convert to cash.

Much better to convert to a non-airline program like a hotel chain if the airline allows. Which airline is it?



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