When Do Your Frequent Flyer Miles Expire?

NerdWalletApril 6, 2018

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One of the most frustrating experiences in the miles and points game is when you accidentally let your hard-earned miles expire. When this happens, you might be out of luck if the airline won't do anything to reinstate your miles — or you could get your miles back after paying a reinstatement fee.

Regardless of which category you fall into, saving yourself the headache by avoiding this situation is much better.

To help, we’ve put together a handy guide with mileage expiration dates for 48 airlines (nine domestic and 39 international). So if you want to make sure you don’t lose your miles, bookmark this page for future reference.

Domestic airline expiration dates

Domestic airline/rewards program

Mileage expiration date

24 months if account is inactive

18 months if account is inactive

None

6 months if no earning activity

18 months if account is inactive

None

None, as long as your account is open

3 months after they are earned, unless you earn more miles in that time period

None

International airline expiration dates

International airline/rewards program

Mileage expiration date

Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus

None as long as the account remains “active”

Aer Lingus AerClub

36 months if account is inactive

AeroFlot Bonus

None if registered for account after 1/1/17

AeroMexico Club Premier

24 months if no earning activity

Air Canada Aeroplan

12 months if account is inactive

Air France/KLM Flying Blue

24 months if no earning activity

Air New Zealand Airpoints

48 months after they are earned

AirChina Phoenix Miles

36 months after they are earned

Alitalia MilleMiglia

24 months if account is inactive

ANA Mileage Club

36 months after they are earned

Asiana Airlines Asiana Club

On 12/31 of the 12th year after boarding/earning if earned as Diamond, Diamond Plus or Platinum member. On 12/31 of the 10th year after boarding/earning if earned as a Magic Miles, Silver or Gold member. Miles earned before 9/30/2008 do not expire.

Avianca Airlines LifeMiles

12 months if no earning activity; miles do not expire if you hold an Avianca LifeMiles credit card

British Airways Avios

36 months if account is inactive

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

36 months after they are earned

China Eastern Airlines Eastern Miles

On 12/31 of the 3rd year after earning

China Southern Airlines

No expiration for Silver and Gold. 36 months after they are earned for Base members. Base card members can register in the “China Southern Airlines SkyPearl Mileage Extension Program” before mileage expiration. The program allows members to extend expiration date by 12 months by forfeiting 20% of total miles held in the account.

Copa Airlines ConnectMiles

24 months if account is inactive

El Al Matmid Club

36 months after they are earned

Emirates Skywards

36 months after they are earned during the last day of your birthday month

Etihad Guest

2 years after they are earned for Guest members, 2.5 years for Silver members and 3 years for Gold and Platinum members.

EVA Air Infinity Mileage Lands

36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned

Finnair Plus

18 months if account is inactive

Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings

24 months if account is inactive

Iberia Plus

36 months if account is inactive

Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank

36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned

Jet Airways JetPrivilege (now InterMiles)

18 months if account is inactive

Korean Air SKYPASS

10 years after they are earned if earned since 7/1/2008. Mileage earned prior to this date does not expire.

LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass Miles

36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned if account is inactive

Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles

36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned

Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 months if account is inactive

Qatar Airways Privilege Club

Minimum of 3 years after they are earned: Miles earned between January and June will expire on June 30 and miles earned between July and December will expire on Dec. 31.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan

36 months after they are earned

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

No expiration for PPS Club members. 36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned for KrisFlyer Basic, KrisFlyer Silver and KrisFlyer Gold members. One year for miles received from contests.

South African Airways Voyager

3 years after they are earned

TAP Air Portugal

3 years after they are earned; some bonus and promotional miles expire one year after they are earned

Thai Royal Orchid

3 years after they are earned

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles

3 years after they are earned; expiration date can be extended for 3 years by paying $10 for every 1,000 miles

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

36 months if account is inactive

Virgin Australia Velocity

24 months if account is inactive

As you can see, policies vary among airlines. Some airlines expire miles a certain time after they are earned, while others consider any “activity” to be valid for keeping miles active (e.g., earning, redeeming and donating).

In these cases, as long as your account has some mileage activity and is not inactive, your miles will not expire. This sort of policy is the broadest and provides the most options for keeping your miles active.

One big outlier is Spirit Airlines, which expires miles three months after they are earned. This deadline is extremely tight, but then again Spirit is a budget domestic airline so its not entirely shocking.

The bottom line

Knowing when your miles will expire is crucial to ensuring that the miles you’ve worked hard to earn don’t disappear from your account. We suggest you bookmark this page as a reference to ensure you stay ahead in the miles and points game.

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