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Old Jul 5, 09, 10:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post
As for why someone who doesn't fly should keep their miles... I know of people who flew often and banked miles for their retirement years. They treat it as a bank account in a way. Now, I'm not saying that is smart, but I've read of many people on FT who do the same.
When I worked for Uncle Sam my miles sat banked, the balance rolling up and up. You can't use them for personal use (but there are provisions to use them to upgrade another trip on official business). When I no longer worked for the US Governement I started redeeming awards. I just made sure to have activity to keep the miles from being deleted. Thanks to those miles STILL sitting in my AA account last year I was able to do the 40K economy award to South America; open jaw to Bolivia and return from Buenos Aires.

I still have many friends in civil service or on active duty that are banking their miles for retirement days.
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