Resource: Mile Expiration Policies by Airline

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Mile Expiration Policies

Mile Expiration Policies

Airline mileage programs have different policies regarding your frequent flier accounts and miles. The policies relating to mileage expiration are among the most important for you to be aware of. We’ve compiled this chart to give you the policy for the more popular programs.

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Types of Mileage Expiration Policies

  • Expire after specified period of inactivity- this generally means that as long as there is some activity in your mileage account either from earning or redeeming miles your time period resets
  • Expire after a specified period from the date of travel or when the miles were earned regardless of account activity.
  • Expire after a specified period of time with no earnings activity. Some airlines specify the earning activity must come from paid flights.

Mile Expiration Policies by Airline

 

AirlineMile Expiration Policy
Alaska 

24 Months with no account activity
AlitaliaJanuary 31 for all miles earned in the prior year
American 
18 Months with no account activity
AsianaMileage expiration dates are determined according to your membership grade at the point of boarding or mileage accrual Details Here
Avianca (Lifemiles)12 Months with no account activity
British Airways36 Months with no account activity
Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles)Expire 36 Months from the date the miles are credited to the account
Delta
NEVER
Iberia
36 Months with no account activity
JapanExpire 36 Months from the date the miles are credited to the account
JetblueNEVER
Lufthansa36 Months with no account activity (Exception: Lufthansa Elites and Monthly Users of Miles and More Credit Card)
SingaporeExpire 36 Months from the date the miles are credited to the account
Korean10 Years from the date of flight
Virgin Australia24 Months with no account activity
Southwest24 Months with no earning activity
Virgin Atlantic36 Months with no account activity
ANAExpire 36 Months from the date the miles are credited to the account
EtihadExpire 24 Months from the date the miles are credited to the account
Emirates3+ years from the date of travel (miles are removed from your account at the end of your birth month)
Hawaiian18 Months with no account activity
Latam36 Months with no earning activity
Finnair18 Months with no account activity
Qantas18 Months with no account activity
QatarQmiles are valid for a period of 3 years and will expire twice a year at the end of the semester in which those Qmiles where earned. Expiry dates will be 30th June and 31st December each year
United18 Months with no account activity (Exception: Certain United Credit card holders)

 

 


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5 COMMENTS

  1. you might recheck Avianca Lifemiles, I believe the policy is you need to earn every 12 months not just have some activity.

    • I think you’re right – transferring in works, using miles does not. The 10 years from the flight on Korean is confusing. I’ve never flown Korean, but I’ve transferred miles in their and earned them on the branded CC. Does it just mean 10 years from when you earned? I think Turkish should be added to this list, since it is a TYP partner

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