19 Airline, Hotel Programs That Have Suspended Point Expiration Due to COVID-19

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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.

Airlines

ProgramExpiration
Paused Thru
General Policy
Aeroplan (Air Canada)07/14/202018 months
Alaska Air Mileage Plannone24 months
American Airlines AAdvantage12/31/202018 months
Avianca LifeMiles12/31/202024 months
British Airways Executive Clubnone36 months
Cathay Pacific Asia Milesnone18 months^
Delta SkyMilesn/aMiles don't expire
Emirates Skywards12/31/202036 months*
Etihad Guestnone18 months
Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)12/31/202024 months
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles12/31/202018 months
JetBlue TrueBluen/aPoints don't expire
Korean Air SKYPASS12/31/202110 years*
LATAM Pass Miles07/31/202024 months*
Miles & More (Lufthansa et al.)none36 months*
Qantas Pointsnone18 months
Qatar Qmilesnone36 months
Singapore KrisFlyer10/01/202036 months*
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewardsn/aPoints don't expire
Turkish Miles & SmilesnoneEnd of 3rd year
United Airlines MileagePlusn/aMiles don't expire
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club10/01/202036 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)

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

Hotels

ProgramExpiration
Paused Thru
General Policy
Accor Live Limitless12/15/202012 months
Best Western Rewardsn/aPoints don't expire
Choice Emirates Skywards12/31/202018 months
Hilton Honors12/31/202012 months
IHG Rewards Club12/31/202012 months
Marriott Bonvoy02/01/202124 months
Melia Rewards06/30/202012 months
Radisson Rewards03/30/202124 months
World of Hyatt12/31/202024 months
Wyndham Rewards09/30/202018 months

Accor Live Limitless

Best Western Rewards

Choice Privilege

Hilton Honors

IHG Rewards

Marriott Bonvoy

Melia Rewards

Radisson Rewards

World of Hyatt

Wyndham Rewards

Are there any other major programs that you feel that we should have included? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments

  • I think miles should never expire. Good for you Jetblue. Latam’s not helping much with those 3 months.

  • is there any chance that AA will extend the period for the expiration to be paused considering international travellers?

  • thanks for reminding me that I can extend my AAdvantage miles by commenting on a blog entry!
    🙂

  • Really glad to see this. Expiry dates can be a real pain at the best of times but during these trying times they can be a real nuisance. Hopefully this will continue as firms react to ongoing goodwill towards them.

  • Thanks for the compilation of this great article regarding points expiration with almost every major airline and hospitality group. Sometimes, it’s not easy to find the expiration criteria of the specific program within its terms, some are hard to find, while some are not written clearly enough. Although the information is subject to change, it’s currently the best table for travelers to check their individual program accounts and act accordingly.

  • I would like that the 7 night travel certificate of Marriott, which has already been extended till the end of January, will be extended till the end of 2021 or at least till the end of summer 2021.

  • It is great the non expiration delta’s program. All mileage program should turn to this type, especially in the actual circumstances. We don’t have flights in Argentina since March, and without any certain date of when it will come back. So we are having massive expirations here in all programs.

  • I am glad to see that the hotels and airlines do recognize that the travelers are going to postpone their travels till its safer and are passing the good deed down to the members by extending the expiration.
    Some are more generous than the others, but still, its great to know.
    Thanks for compiling the table.

  • Patricia Y says:

    The news is good, but I understand that it is the minimum to be done, unfortunately American Airlines did not adhere as it should. We are unable to travel, not willingly, and we do not know when we will be able, so how to make future plans. Miles can be a joy, but they are almost always a big problem. Anyway we can only wait and hope for better days.

  • Anyone with success extending their Chase Hyatt free night?

  • This should be a given that all programs do.

  • Expiration policies, paused or unpaused, need to just expire. Period.

  • Really useful compiliation. It would be good if AA could wait a little more to start expiring miles again, hope they revert this.

  • Thanks for this list but unfortunately it doesn’t help me. The extended expirations are too short. Some of these programs should join others in permanently getting rid of expirations.

  • Wow thanks for taking the time to put together such a comprehensive list,very disappointed that Alaska which is known to have great customer services is keeping quiet during this pandemic

  • The expiration of some of these programs is too short. I am hoping that they could stretch them out for extended periods of time for their member’s benefit.

  • The expiration of some of these programs is exceedingly small – here’s hoping that they extend them for much longer periods for the benefit of their members.

  • Come on American. AA should be more generous

  • So with all of these policies – let’s use AA as an example. The period expired June 30th so do all of our miles expire 18 months from then? Or is it somehow tied to our last activity?

    • JT Genter says:

      Expiration is tied to the last bit of activity. These programs are only suspending expiration for these periods. For example, if an AAdvantage member last had activity on November 15, 2018, their 18-month period ended May 15, 2020. But, the miles expiration pause meant that their miles were safe until June 30, 2020.

  • This is really shows the difference for consumers between programs with and without expiry dates. I tend to focus on the programs without an expiry for easier ease of use.

  • Thanks for putting this together. It’s been hard to track everything.

  • Fu-Cheng Chuang says:

    Thank you for compiling this list! Just the thought of going through my email for this information gives me a headache.

  • Florencia says:

    Interesting note, thanks for the compilation. The suspension of maturities is something very necessary in the current context.

  • Miles/ point expiration shouldn’t happen. Its a big negative to collect those miles/points.

  • AA should extend the hold and block off middle seats for now. That would help their customers and encourage people to travel again.

  • Maybe, just maybe, when this pandemic has run the course, some of the hotel chains and other airlines will join those airlines where miles do not expire. The positive P.R. should outweigh the minimal additional costs of keeping accounts current.

  • Chloe's mum says:

    👍 Thanks for the summary. Would you be able to include in hotels: Melia, Radisson, Shangrila – if possible?

  • It seems aggressive of AA to start expiring miles again so quickly. Thank you for the help with that!

  • dharnesh says:

    I wish AA would just put it on hold for a lot longer. they are biggest airline and have lot of customers. but i guess what they did is better than nothing

  • I’m so grateful for those who have extended this courtesy to us!

  • I am so happy about this. I applaud all these companies for suspending expirations for us customers.

  • Thank you for mentioning about earning 5 AA miles to keep my account current. I was starting to wonder how I was going g to keep from losing my miles.

  • Sunshine98 says:

    Nice summary. I wished AA miles didn’t expire. No plans to travel by air for awhile.

  • This is very useful. Thanks for helping with AA by rewarding miles for posting here as well.

  • carl santos says:

    It is the least they should do to help their members. Especially those of us who pay annual membership.

    • To be fair none of these programs have to do anything.

    • Carla Liberman says:

      I found out that mi milleahe expired without notice in the middle of the quarantine. Fortunately, thanks to AwatdWallet I will be able to postpone the expiration date of my other account milleages