Mile High Swap
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(Posted: Jan 16, 2009)
Do you have a few thousand orphan miles in an account that you barely use? Or do you need a few miles to reach an award level? A new Web site aims to provide users with the ability to barter their frequent flyer miles for products, services and other miles. You can also list items you'd like to exchange for an award ticket or specific number of miles.
The developers of the site compare milehighswap.com to eBay, "except people are using frequent flyer miles instead of cash to barter with." Signing up and posting an item to swap is free, but it will cost $0.99 to contact another user about a possible exchange or you can sign up for a subscription and contact as many users as you want for one monthly fee.
If your transaction includes a transfer of miles, you or the person you are trading with are responsible for paying the transfer fees imposed by the airlines. You can also agree to split the fees. In general, it costs approximately $10 per 1,000 miles plus a $25-$30 service fee to transfer miles between accounts.
The Web site is similar to LoyaltyMatch.com, where members can buy or trade award merchandise with members of other loyalty programs, and Points.com GPX, which allows members to exchange miles and points. The difference is that Mile High Swap takes the idea one step further and allows members to exchange miles or points for anything someone else wants to "sell."
posted: Jan 18, 2009 at 5:58am (MT)
I just joined Mile High Swap and one thing that I like is that on each of the postings it tells you in advance if the person is willing to pay some of the transfer fees, none of the transfer fees or pay all of the transfer fees. I guess it depends on how bad they want either your stuff or your miles.
posted: Jan 18, 2009 at 1:50pm (MT)
The ability for people to negotiate with others and work out the details is what I think is going to make this site successful. It isn’t set in stone like if you want this thing, it’s going to cost you X miles and you pay the fees.
posted: Jan 18, 2009 at 10:16pm (MT)
Finally! Something I can use my miles for other than flying. Getting the miles isn't the issue, it's being able to find a seat on the dates.
I registered with the site and am anxious to find out what I can get for the miles I possess.
posted: Jan 19, 2009 at 12:05am (MT)
The thing that I like about this site is that it lets people swap the stuff that they have at home and isn’t restricted to what the online malls or reward programs themselves offer. It’s more of a free market. It seems like it benefits people, not the reward programs or stores.
posted: Jan 19, 2009 at 12:12am (MT)
If I understand this correctly, the way they do it is they don't need partnerships with airlines, which means I can swap my miles with anyone on any airline - that's great.
posted: Jan 20, 2009 at 1:54pm (MT)
Finally!!! a way to get miles without having to buy them or fill out some dumb survey. I do a lot of stuff on eBay and If I can just post some of my stuff on Mile High Swap to earn some extra miles, heck I’d do that in a heartbeat.
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