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Look after your air miles

27/04/2019

Are you a frequent flier? Do you travel so regularly that you’ve accumulated thousands of pounds worth of points? If so, you may wish to consider including your air miles in your will so that they don’t become void in the event of your death. By omitting them from your estate, you run the risk of them being annulled.

Advice website The Points Guy UK suggests that, anecdotally, the majority of airlines state in their terms and conditions that air miles are not to be transferred in the event of death. Indeed, the British Airways’ Executive Club instructs that its currency, namely Avios points, will be null and void when the traveller dies.

However, it remains to be seen how strictly the terms and conditions are adhered to. Some will executors have found that what the terms and conditions stipulate does not often marry the discretion exercised, and that the points were successfully transferred without real issues.

It would therefore be prudent to contact your airline for their policy and then, if applicable, reference in your will who should receive the air miles. You should also advise your beneficiaries that they may be expected to provide a copy of the death certificate for the transfer.

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