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App in the Air is helping one lucky traveler get back up to 50,000 airline miles.

By Andrea Romano
December 04, 2020
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It’s no secret that 2020 was very...different. This is especially true for travelers.

Frequent flyers often opt for airline mile programs to get a little bit back from their bookings, but most programs only let members use miles for a certain time period from being earned. So, if you haven’t used your miles after after so long, you lose them.

That spells for disappointment for anyone who earned miles in the beginning of 2020. For the most part, it has been strongly recommended that people stay home and away from the airport in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. But what of our miles?

According to internal booking data from personal travel assistant App in the Air, frequent flyers flew 5.4 billion miles this year, in comparison to nearly 17 billion miles in 2019. Luckily, travelers may have a chance to recover some of those miles they otherwise would have used this year if it hadn’t been, well, this year.

App in the Air has launched a special sweepstakes for travelers to recover their miles, so they can actually use them when it’s safe to travel again. In order to enter, you must first have an account on the app.

If you’re already signed up, you can enter by simply taking a screenshot of your app-generated 2020 flight map (which the app will compare to your 2019 miles map) and share to social media with hashtag #GivingTheExtraMile for a chance to win the amount of miles lost. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 20, 2020.

In addition, the company will be running a #12DaysofAviation giveaway series on social media, so users can participate in aviation trivia contests. Every day, the company will select a winner to receive a travel-related gift, including luggage, lounge passes, in-flight essentials, and more.

App in the Air is a free application that’s available on the App Store, Google Play, or Galaxy Store. For more information about the app and how it can help you travel better, visit the App in the Air website.

Andrea Romano is a freelance writer in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @theandrearomano.