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With non-essential travel mostly on hold due to the pandemic, point expiration policies can present a bit of a problem. While we're stuck at home, our points are left sitting in our accounts. And, without account activity, loyalty members may watch their hard-earned points and miles expire while they're unable to use them.
Thankfully, many airlines and hotels have simply paused point and mile expirations while we wait for travel to resume.
In case you don't maintain a perfectly cataloged email inbox, we've gone ahead and rounded up most of these pauses into one post. If more updates are announced, we'll update as necessary.
- Aeroplan (Air Canada)
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Avianca LifeMiles
- British Airways Executive Club
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Delta SkyMiles
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Guest
- Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)
- Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Korean Air SKYPASS
- LATAM Pass Miles
- Miles & More (Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Swiss, LOT Polish)
- Qantas Points
- Qatar Qmiles
- Singapore KrisFlyer
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
- Turkish Miles & Smiles
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
|Aeroplan (Air Canada)||07/14/2020||18 months|
|Alaska Air Mileage Plan||none||24 months|
|American Airlines AAdvantage||12/31/2020||18 months|
|Avianca LifeMiles||12/31/2020||24 months|
|British Airways Executive Club||none||36 months|
|Cathay Pacific Asia Miles||none||18 months^|
|Delta SkyMiles||n/a||Miles don't expire|
|Emirates Skywards||12/31/2020||36 months*|
|Etihad Guest||none||18 months|
|Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)||12/31/2020||24 months|
|Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles||12/31/2020||18 months|
|JetBlue TrueBlue||n/a||Points don't expire|
|Korean Air SKYPASS||12/31/2021||10 years*|
|LATAM Pass Miles||07/31/2020||24 months*|
|Miles & More (Lufthansa et al.)||none||36 months*|
|Qantas Points||none||18 months|
|Qatar Qmiles||none||36 months|
|Singapore KrisFlyer||10/01/2020||36 months*|
|Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards||n/a||Points don't expire|
|Turkish Miles & Smiles||none||End of 3rd year|
|United Airlines MileagePlus||n/a||Miles don't expire|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||10/01/2020||36 months|
*Activity doesn’t extend expiration
^Asia Miles earned on or before December 31, 2019 expire 3 years after earned, regardless of activity
Aeroplan (Air Canada)
- Air Canada has paused Aeroplan miles expiration until July 14, 2020
- Aeroplan miles now expire after 18 months of zero qualifying account activity
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Alaska hasn't announced a mileage expiration pause. However, an Alaska agent mentioned that members can reactivate an account and reinstate miles “without a fee for the time being”.
- Typically, members need to earn or redeem at least a mile in a 24-month period to avoid account closure.
American Airlines AAdvantage
- AA only paused AAdvantage mile expiration through June 30, 2020. That means that AAdvantage miles began expiring again on July 1, 2020.
- However, on August 10, 2020, American Airlines announced that the temporary pause on mileage expiration would be extended through December 31, 2020. Anyone who's miles expired since July 1, 2020 will be reinstated.
- AAdvantage miles typically expire after 18 months of no qualifying account activity
- Remember that you can easily extend your AA mileage expiration by commenting on an AwardWallet post to earn five bonus AAdvantage miles
- Avianca has paused LifeMile expiration through December 31, 2020
- LifeMiles typically expire after 24 months of zero qualifying account activity
British Airways Executive Club
- British Airways hasn't implemented any changes to its current expiration policy for Avios in response to COVID-19
- Avios expire after 36 months of zero qualifying account activity
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Asia Miles has not announced a pause on the expiration of miles due to COVID-19.
- Asia Miles earned on or before December 31, 2019 expire 3 years after being earned, regardless of activity
- Asia Miles earned on or after January 1, 2020 expire only if your account goes 18 months without qualifying activity
- SkyMiles never expire as long as you have an account with Delta
- Emirates has paused expiration for Skywards Miles until December 31, 2020.
- Skywards Miles are valid for three years after they are earned.
- Skywards Miles expire at the end of your birth month in the third year after they're earned.
- Etihad has not implemented any changes to its current expiration policy for Etihad Guest Miles in response to COVID-19
- Etihad Guest Miles expire after 18 months with zero qualifying account activity
Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)
- Flying Blue has paused miles expiration until the end of 2020
- Flying Blue miles typically expire after 24 months of zero qualifying account activity
- However, Flying Blue miles never expire for Flying Blue Elite members.
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- Hawaiian Airlines has paused HawaiianMiles expiration through December 31, 2020
- HawaiianMiles typically expire after 18 months of zero qualifying account activity
Korean Air SKYPASS
- Korean Air SKYPASS miles typically don't expire for 10 years after accrual
- Still, Korean Air SKYPASS has extended the expiration date of mileage expiring in 2020 by one year. Mileage accrued between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 will now expire on January 1, 2022 instead of January 1, 2021.
LATAM Pass Miles
- All LATAM Pass Miles that expire in June and July 2020 will be refunded to your account “on the 5th day after the original expiration date and will be valid for 90 more days“
- LATAM Pass Miles expire 24 months from the date the miles are credited, regardless of activity
Miles & More (Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Swiss, LOT Polish)
- Miles & More has not implemented any changes to its current expiration policy for award miles in response to COVID-19
- The only two options presented to extend miles validity—aside from standard qualifying activity—are to pay to protect your miles from expiring or pay to transfer your miles to a travel partner.
- Miles & More award miles expire after 36 months, regardless of account activity.
- Qantas has not implemented any changes to its current expiration policy for Qantas Points in response to COVID-19
- Qantas Points expire after 18 months with no qualifying account activity
- Qatar Airways has not implemented any changes to its current expiration policy for QMiles in response to COVID-19
- Qmiles now require activity every 36 months to avoid expiration. That's much better than the former policy that miles expire after three years, regardless of activity.
- Qatar offers a program to ‘Extend and Revalidate' Qmiles for a fee.
- Singapore Airlines has announced that KrisFlyer miles expiring between April and August 2020 will be extended by six months and will be valid until October 2020 and February 2021 respectively
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles expire after 36 months from the month of their accrual
Southwest Rapid Rewards
Turkish Miles & Smiles
- Turkish Airlines has not implemented any changes to its current expiration policy for Miles & Smiles in response to COVID-19
- Turkish Miles & Smiles expire at the end of the third full calendar year at 23:59 local time in Turkey following their processing
- Members can pay $10 per 1000 miles to extend their validity for another three years
- Effective August 28, 2019, United MileagePlus miles no longer expire
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- It has been reported that Flying Club is extending miles due to expire between April and September 2020 for six months. However, this isn't reflected on Flying Club's website.
- Flying Club miles expire if there is no activity in your account for 36 months
|Accor Live Limitless||12/15/2020||12 months|
|Best Western Rewards||n/a||Points don't expire|
|Choice Emirates Skywards||12/31/2020||18 months|
|Hilton Honors||12/31/2020||12 months|
|IHG Rewards Club||12/31/2020||12 months|
|Marriott Bonvoy||02/01/2021||24 months|
|Melia Rewards||06/30/2020||12 months|
|Radisson Rewards||03/30/2021||24 months|
|World of Hyatt||12/31/2020||24 months|
|Wyndham Rewards||09/30/2020||18 months|
Accor Live Limitless
- It has been reported that ALL-Accor Live Limitless has paused points expiration through December 15, 2020. However, this isn't reflected on the hotel program's COVID-19 page.
- Officially, ALL-Accor Live Limitless points typically expire if you have no eligible stays over a 12-month period. However, reports indicate that any points-earning activity will extend the life of your points by 12 months.
Best Western Rewards
- Choice has paused Privilege point expiration through December 31, 2020
- Choice Privilege points typically expire after 18-months of zero qualifying account activity
- Hilton has paused Hilton Honors points expiration through December 31, 2020
- Hilton Honors points typically expire after 12-months of zero qualifying account activity
- IHG has paused Rewards Club point expiration through December 31, 2020
- Rewards Club points typically expire after 12-months of zero qualifying account activity
- Rewards Club points never expire for IHG elite members
- Marriott has paused Bonvoy point expiration through February 1, 2021
- Marriott Bonvoy points typically expire after 24 months of zero qualifying account activity
- Melia Rewards extended the expiration of points that were set to expire between March 1 and June 30, 2020. However, points were only extended by three months.
- Melia Rewards requires activity every 12 months to avoid your points balance expiring.
- Radisson Hotels is suspending its point expiration policy through March 30, 2021
- Typically, Radisson Rewards points expire after 24 months of no earning or redeeming activity
World of Hyatt
- Hyatt has paused World of Hyatt points expiration through December 31, 2020
- World of Hyatt points typically expire after 24 months of zero qualifying account activity
- Wyndham has paused Wyndham Rewards point expiration through September 30, 2020
- Wyndham Rewards points typically expire after 18 months of zero qualifying account activity.
- Additionally, all Wyndham Rewards points expire four years (48 months) after they’re earned, regardless of activity
Are there any other major programs that you feel that we should have included? Let us know in the comments.
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