Mile’s Expiration Info and Counter Measures

Different airlines have different policy about mile expiration. Few types of miles never expire; some expires certain time after miles are earned; most do not expire if you have qualifying account activity at least once in every certain time period — for example, if you earn some United miles today, the expiration of all your miles in the account becomes 18 months later.

Airline Expiration Term

Never expire: Delta (Sky Miles)

Do not expire if you have qualifying account activity at least once in every: Air Canada (Aeroplan)  12 months / at most 7 years
Alaska Airlines  24 months
American Airlines  18 months
British Airways  36 months
Emirates  36 months
Flying Blue: Air France/KLM  20 months
Hawaiian Airlines  18 months
Lufthansa (Miles & More)  36 months
Qantas  18 months
Singapore Airlines  36 months
Southwest  24 months
United Airline  18 months
Virgin Atlantic  36 months

Expire in: ANA  36 months
Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles)  36 months

Miles expiration is something you want to avoid. Here are something you can do:

1. Use your miles as early as possible. Miles are valuable only when you have really used it, plus miles are keeping depreciated all the time. If you have difficulty finding a usage, try our service at sister website where miles are highly priced.

2. Apply for credit card that comes with big sign-on bonus. Depositing of the bonus miles into your account is a qualifying activity that extends expiration for most types of miles. Besides it, the bonus itself are very valuable. Click Home Page for active credit card offers.

Consider more credit cards than the only one that earns exact same type of miles you have.

AMEX Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi Thankyou Points, and most Hotel Rewards can be transferred to many airlines. Credit cards that earns rewards which partner with your miles, are all able to extend expiration of your miles, by transferring rewards to miles.

 Rewards Airline Partners (Important Ones)
AMEX Membership Rewards Air Canada, ANA, British Airways, Asiamiles (Cathay Pacific), Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Air France (Flying blue), Hawaiian, JetBlue, Singapore Airlines, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic
Chase Ultimate Rewards British Airways, Air France (Flying blue), Singapore Airlines, United MileagePlus, Southwest, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air
Citi Thankyou Points Asiamiles (Cathay Pacific), EVA, Etihad, Air France (Flying blue), Quantas, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic
Marriott, SPG, Hilton Air Canada, Alaska, American Airlines, Air France (Flying blue), ANA, Asiamiles (Cathay Pacific), British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Hawaiian, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, United MileagePlus, Virgin Atlantic, and more

3. Use shopping portals when you shop online. In general, most major airlines and credit card programs have an online shopping portal, allowing you to earn bonus miles or points for your purchases, without paying more. Earning of the miles into your account is a qualifying activity that extends expiration for most types of miles.

4. Do online survey to earn miles. Survey is usually time costly thus it is not a good way to accumulate miles, but it serves the purpose of extend expiration well. One good program is e-Rewards . Below is the lines

5. Spend or donate a few miles. It’s a fast and low cost way if the expiration date is too close for you to use any of the above methods. Many types of miles can buy magazine at as low as 500 miles, or allow donation of 1,000 miles.