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Old Jan 6, 06, 11:34 pm
Join Date: Jun 2004
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Originally Posted by Sneezy
I want to be able to write contracts that state "the law doesn't apply".

Yeah, that'll work in a court of law.
No, the law of contracts will apply. The contract between MP and its members provides inter alia that accrued miles are not freely alienable, and a court would likely uphold that provision. If miles were the member's to freely dispose of as he/she pleased, then they could sell them to others with no fear of forfeiture and closure of their MP account.

This indivisibility of UA miles may be another reason to avoid divorce, if possible. But one cannot avoid death. Does UA not permit miles to go to heirs? I know from personal experience that US does, or at least did.

The question of valuation of miles for purposes of a divorce settlement is an interesting one, since no marketplace to establish the value and arguably so variable according to whose hands they are in and the uses they would be put to.
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