Know When and How to Keep Your Airline Miles from Expiring

Airline frequent flyer miles are valuable. If your reading this you know where they can take you and how much money they can save you in the process. However, if you have a neglected account that has sat idle for a while they could be at risk of expiring, and no one wants to lose their points because of mile expiration.

The best way to prevent miles from expiring is by keeping track of your points and knowing the terms of expiration. Easier said than done. Each airline has a different policy, and some are buried deep in the terms and conditions. Luckily there are a few things you can do to easily avoid mile expiration outright, such as continually earning miles on a co-branded airline credit card or shopping portal. If you don’t plan on keeping your account active, make sure that you’re aware of the expiration policy and mark your calendar warning of the upcoming expiration date.

Easy Ways to Keep Your Miles from Expiring

Keeping your points active and safe from expiring is easy and only takes earning a few points on your account. Heck, you can even do this without stepping foot on a plane. The two foolproof ways of doing this is by using a co-branded credit card with said airline or make a purchase through the airlines shopping portal. This can be as small as a $1 purchase or a purchase that you can use in the future.

Keep your miles from expiring by:

  • Using a co-branded airline credit card
  • Making a purchase through a shopping portal
  • Purchasing miles
  • Dining networks
  • Transferring miles
  • Earn miles from airline partners
  • Most anything that involves earning or redeeming miles

Here is a list of major Airline’s shopping portals:

And some dining networks:

Expiration Policy by Airline

18 months

Hawaiian Airlines


American Airlines

Virgin America

US Airways


20 Months

Air France

24 months

Alaska Airlines




36 months

Virgin Atlantic

Singapore Airlines



British Airways


No expiration



The bottom line

Know when your points expire and to keep your account active, this way your miles are there for you when you want to use them!

Apart from using these mile earning opportunities to keep your accounts active they are often great ways to rack up extra miles. If you haven’t done so already this is a reminder to register your cards with dining programs.

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4 thoughts on “Know When and How to Keep Your Airline Miles from Expiring”

  1. Hi,
    I was reading this and noticed United Airlines is missing from your list of expiration dates.
    Would you mind adding it?
    Thank you.

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