18,500 Miles expire 31 May 2016

Old Jan 11, 16, 10:24 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: MCI
Programs: UA Plat / Marriott Gold / SPG Gold
Posts: 37
18,500 Miles expire 31 May 2016

Hi All,

I have 18,500 miles that expire in 4+ months with no plans to fly EK anytime soon. I mostly fly UA/*A so don't think there's any opportunity to transfer miles to another program.

Any suggestions? I took a look at high street and didn't see anything too appealing. I was thinking maybe redeeming for a flight on Alaska Airlines, but it's really hard to search for awards tickets on EK's website. Any I live in Kansas City, so would need to awards reservation to originate at MCI and not sure that is possible, although I am flexible with availability on just about every weekend between now and end of May.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
kcKOB is offline  
Old Jan 12, 16, 4:07 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 5,156
You could make a redemption on B6, alternatively, make a donation of miles to one of the four organisations EK partner with.
eternaltransit is offline  
Old Jan 12, 16, 8:39 pm
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: MCI
Programs: UA Plat / Marriott Gold / SPG Gold
Posts: 37
How would I go about doing that? According to this: http://www.emirates.com/us/english/s.../jet-blue.aspx

Kansas City (MCI) is not on the rewards table.. Should I be looking somewhere else to book a rewards ticket on B6?
kcKOB is offline  
Old Jan 13, 16, 4:08 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 5,156
Originally Posted by kcKOB View Post
How would I go about doing that? According to this: http://www.emirates.com/us/english/s.../jet-blue.aspx

Kansas City (MCI) is not on the rewards table.. Should I be looking somewhere else to book a rewards ticket on B6?
Indeed - perhaps construct a getaway weekend itinerary with some combination of UA and B6. You don't have to fly before the expiry of the miles, only ticket an award before the expiry date - however if you then cancel the award after the initial expiry date, the miles are lost.

To ticket B6 awards using EK miles you need to call EK.
eternaltransit is offline  
Old Jan 14, 16, 1:09 am
  #5  
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Doha, QA
Programs: Emirates, Qatar Airways
Posts: 76
Or you could transfer them to another Skywards Account who is soon to be flying - **hint hint **
Deleerious is offline  
Old Jan 14, 16, 5:21 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Programs: Skywards
Posts: 946
transfer 18k miles is 450$ ...

Last edited by kuroko; Jan 14, 16 at 6:06 am
kuroko is offline  
Old Jan 14, 16, 5:53 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 7,927
Originally Posted by kuroko View Post
transfer 18k miles is 4500$ ...


$450 US
ft101 is offline  
Old Jan 14, 16, 6:06 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Programs: Skywards
Posts: 946
Originally Posted by ft101 View Post


$450 US
typo haha, still enough imo
kuroko is offline  
Old Jan 14, 16, 12:45 pm
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: MCI
Programs: UA Plat / Marriott Gold / SPG Gold
Posts: 37
Turns out I'll be in Europe in early/mid May, so I may do some hopping around and should be able to burn the miles on Easy Jet. Although never flown them and not looking forward to it....

So for now, that's my plan. If that falls through for some reason, I'd be happy to transfer the miles to another Skywards member... I'll post back here if that turns out to be the case.

Thanks for the suggestions!
kcKOB is offline  
Old Jan 14, 16, 12:56 pm
  #10  
Ambassador: Emirates Airlines
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Manchester, UK
Posts: 15,421
Originally Posted by kcKOB View Post
Turns out I'll be in Europe in early/mid May, so I may do some hopping around and should be able to burn the miles on Easy Jet. Although never flown them and not looking forward to it....
Why not? Easyjet are fine. Much prefer to be on a nice clean Easyjet A320 than a AA MD80
DYKWIA is offline  
Old Jan 14, 16, 1:13 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: yvr
Programs: Fairmont Platinum, SPG Gold, Accors Platinum,Hilton Diamond
Posts: 37
If you're not able to use them before expiry than you could convert them to Heathrow Rewards. 6000 skywards=2000 heathrow rewards = ‎20.
Better than nothing.
gadheri is offline  
Old Jan 15, 16, 11:56 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Doha, QA
Programs: Emirates, Qatar Airways
Posts: 76
Originally Posted by kuroko View Post
typo haha, still enough imo
$450? That's insane. Just another way of making money.
Deleerious is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: