Worried your frequent flier miles will expire before you can use them? If you're a not-so-frequent flier, you don't have to book a ticket to keep the miles: Just create other "activity" in your account. One way is to shop at an airline's online shopping mall.
"Even if you merely buy a 99-cent iTune, you'll keep your miles safe for at least another year," says George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog.com.
Purchases with an airline-branded credit card can also keep miles alive. Or check your airline's website for dining programs in which you enroll an existing credit card to earn — and preserve — miles when you eat at participating restaurants.
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Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.