The Jakarta Post
Anthony Bourdain talks at a 2016 SXSW event in Austin, Texas. (Shutterstock/stock_photo_world)
Anthony Bourdain was no stranger to travel. So, it should be no surprise that the late celebrity chef passed on his frequent flyer miles in his will.
According to a report by Page Six, Bourdain left his miles to his second wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain. In his will, he wrote that she should “dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes.”
His will, which was penned in 2016, left the majority of his estate to his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.
Still, frequent fliers should know that not all programs allow the postmortem transfer of miles.
“Loyalty programs are essentially contracts with the airline and you need to review each airline’s contract to see what is possible after death,” Paula Leibovitz Goodwin, a partner in the Personal Planning Group at Perkins Coie LLP, told Forbes. “You cannot assume all of the contracts are the same. It is possible that the contract is not even assignable, and the airline spells out who the beneficiaries will be.”
If you do plan on passing on your miles after death, do not forget that some airlines will transfer points for a fee, and make sure to specifically name a recipient. (sul/kes)