Some things in life are free. Transferring miles isn’t one of them

When James Barbeau decided to use some of his wife’s Southwest Rapid Rewards miles, he visited the Southwest website and successfully transferred 40,000 miles from her account to his. He claims he was shocked to see a $400 charge appear on his credit card statement for the transfer and wants his money back.

Barbeau first appealed to Southwest Rapid Rewards for his refund, but the company refused, stating that “transferred funds are nonrefundable and nonreversible,” and that “the terms must be upheld in order to maintain the integrity of our program.”

Another grateful consumer who actually helped herself

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Now that I don’t need the miles I purchased, can I get a refund?

Jessica Peterson wants a refund for her American Airlines miles. She bought 17,000 miles to cover the cost of a ticket, but then American Airlines lowered the number of miles needed for the transaction. Now, the airline is balking at helping her undo the transaction.

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