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When Do Your Frequent Flyer Miles Expire?

April 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 programMileage expiration date
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan24 months if account is inactive
American Airlines AAdvantage18 months if account is inactive
Delta Air Lines SkyMilesNone
Frontier Airlines Frontier Miles6 months if no earning activity
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles18 months if account is inactive
Jet Blue TrueBlueNone
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards24 months if account is inactive
Spirit Airlines Free Spirit3 months after they are earned, unless you earn more miles in that time period
United Airlines MileagePlusNone

International airline expiration dates

International airline/rewards programMileage expiration date
Aegean Airlines Miles+BonusNone as long as the account remains “active”
Aer Lingus AerClub36 months if account is inactive
AeroFlot BonusNone if registered for account after 1/1/17
AeroMexico Club Premier24 months if no earning activity
Air Canada Aeroplan12 months if account is inactive
Air France/KLM Flying Blue24 months if no earning activity
Air New Zealand Airpoints48 months after they are earned
AirChina Phoenix Miles36 months after they are earned
Alitalia MilleMiglia24 months if account is inactive
ANA Mileage Club36 months after they are earned
Asiana Airlines Asiana ClubOn 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 LifeMiles12 months if no earning activity; miles do not expire if you hold an Avianca LifeMiles credit card
British Airways Avios36 months if account is inactive
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles36 months after they are earned
China Eastern Airlines Eastern MilesOn 12/31 of the 3rd year after earning
China Southern AirlinesNo 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 ConnectMiles24 months if account is inactive
El Al Matmid Club36 months after they are earned
Emirates Skywards36 months after they are earned during the last day of your birthday month
Etihad Guest2 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 Lands36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned
Finnair Plus18 months if account is inactive
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings24 months if account is inactive
Iberia Plus36 months if account is inactive
Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank36 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 SKYPASS10 years after they are earned if earned since 7/1/2008. Mileage earned prior to this date does not expire.
LATAM Airlines LATAM Pass Miles36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned if account is inactive
Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles36 months (on the last day of the month) after they are earned
Qantas Frequent Flyer18 months if account is inactive
Qatar Airways Privilege ClubMinimum 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 Alfursan36 months after they are earned
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyerNo 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 Voyager3 years after they are earned
TAP Air Portugal3 years after they are earned; some bonus and promotional miles expire one year after they are earned
Thai Royal Orchid3 years after they are earned
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles3 years after they are earned; expiration date can be extended for 3 years by paying $10 for every 1,000 miles
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club36 months if account is inactive
Virgin Australia Velocity24 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.

» Learn more: 4 things the Spirit Airlines frequent flyer program gets right

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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