Delta: If you die, we take your SkyMiles

Don't Waste Your Money

Are you a Delta SkyMiles member? If so, try not to die....ever.

Delta has just quietly changed its frequent flier program for the second time in 2013.

Back in January, Delta made it harder to qualify for Medallion status and all its perks. Now, it is changing its rules so that a husband or wife can no longer inherit SkyMiles upon their spouse's death.

Subtle Change in Rules

Viewer Eric Davis alerted us to this change after comparing the 2013 and 2012 SkyMiles rules.

The new rules, as of March 2013, say "miles may not be transfered...upon death."

However, the 2012 rule book states: "While the Miles expire upon a Member's death, the Administrator or Executor of the Member's Estate may request Delta reinstate and transfer the Miles from the deceased Member's account to one or more members' accounts."

That paragraph is now gone.

You can still transfer them before you die to a family member who also has a SkyMiles number, according to the rules. But from now on they die with you.

Which means use them or lose them.

As always, don't waste your money.

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