So I am in a position (maybe) a lot of people are right now. I have accumulated more airline miles than I intended to and don't know how to spend them. With a totally honest look at my future travel, I will not be going anywhere for 18 to 24 months that will require air travel. Not that I don't want to, it's just nowhere I want to go wants me there (but that's a different topic).
I am beginning to get worried that several of the airlines I have miles with will go out of business leaving me with a large number of useless miles. Southwest has already tightened down their redemption to airfare only and only with them where they used to have a wide variety of partner businesses you could redeem their miles and get various merchandise. I have cashed in the miles I had on other airlines where I did not have enough for a flight with each by donating them to the charities that accepted them. I am left with one huge pile of miles on United and a few scattered among other airlines. Since I also have credit for several flights that United refused to refund to me (multiple domestic flights I had bought in January for various trips through this summer), I will definitely be using those credits before miles due to expiration dates. The rest, I will find someway to get rid of them.
United still allows merchandise redemption for their miles. I can pick up several electronic items I am in need of through their redemption program. While not cheep, an Apple iMac goes for about what a round trip to London in business class would cost in miles, at least I will be getting something and not have a complete loss of the value if I chose that option. Thoughts?