SkyMiles transfer to surviving spouse

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Apr 13, 2020
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My wife and I were SkyMiles members. She passed away over 2 years ago. I would like to have her remaining miles put in my account--not a lot but might help for rewards. Wrote to Delta once re. this and no response.
 

weihlac

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My wife and I were SkyMiles members. She passed away over 2 years ago. I would like to have her remaining miles put in my account--not a lot but might help for rewards. Wrote to Delta once re. this and no response.
If her account has been inactive for 2 years the miles have probably expired. You should check the Delta SkyMiles webpages to see about expiration. Until recently most miles in an account expired if there was no activity in the account for 18 months.
You can reach Delta at: https://www.elliott.org/company-contacts/delta-airlines/
If you wish to pursue this you will probably need to wait until the current travel crisis is under control.
 
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Thanks, but why do they still send her mail with offerings to join Amex, etc. etc. She gets mailings all the time.
 

Neil Maley

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But Delta can close the account upon the death of the account holder:

Unlike many other programs, Delta SkyMiles do not expire as long as you have an account with Delta. However, Delta does reserve the right to terminate your account if:
There is fraudulent activity on the account
You request the closure of the account
The member passes away
You do not respond to repeated communication attempts regarding the status of your account
You live in or relocate to a country where membership is prohibited by law
You violate the terms of the Membership Guide and Program Rules

The OP should reach out to Delta and ask. There is no harm in asking.
 

jsn55

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Delta, like most airlines, is very clear that the miles belong to them, not the member. They do not allow any free transfers up on the death of a member. All those offers are done by third-parties who aren't very particular about who they send them to, since they're paid by the number of solicitations sent out. It might be helpful if you read all the SkyMiles terms and conditions. I wish I had better news.