Do American Airlines Miles Expire?

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Yes, American Airlines AAdvantage miles expire if you have no earning or redemption activity on your account in an 18-month period. Per the AAdvantage FAQs page, “Just earn or redeem miles on American or with an AAdvantage partner at least once every 18 months. We’ll automatically extend your mileage expiration date 18 months from the date of your most recent activity.” Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can earn or redeem AAdvantage miles.

How to Earn American AAdvantage Miles

Here are some ways you can earn AAdvantage miles:

AA also regularly has special offers and promotions, which let you pick up extra miles as a one-off and keep your account alive, so keep your eyes on the AA site to find one of those offers.

How to Redeem Your AAdvantage Miles

Although AA made some significant changes to their award chart in 2016, and have brought changes to the AAdvantage program in 2017, there are plenty of options open to redeem your miles. For a full list of what you can redeem your miles for, head over to the AAdvantage redemption page. If you're looking for some inspiration, check out Sweet Spots with AAdvantage.

Do American Airlines Miles Expire?
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  • Vic pizzitola says:

    I am definitely going to be looking into Choice offers. Planning a trip in January. It’s perfect! Let you know how it goes! Thx!

  • Commenting to earn 5 points and extend expiration. Thanks for this info.

  • My AA points are expiring in 4 months. I’d like to see about getting the 5 pts from commenting on the blog!

  • My AA points are expiring in 4 months. I’d like to see about getting the 5 pts from commenting on the blog!

  • My AA points are expiring, will this comment extend the expiration, that is the question!

  • Michael J Macken says:

    I take this tool for granted. I need to be more active in being current with my reading of all the great information.

  • Never under estimate the power of knowledge. Hoping to extend my points expiration date.

  • A lot of useful information. I thought you could donate points to charity as well? I’m about to expire with no other ways to extend at moment. Does this comment count..

  • My favorite way to get AA miles is their Rewards Dining, as I like to eat out, and that’s easy. I’ve also purchased magazines with miles, Itunes songs, and even donated miles to charity. All work well. Now I’ll try the blog approach. AwardWallet makes it easy to track expirations: Pro Tip, plan ahead, as miles don’t post for 6-8 weeks for most of these methods.

  • Great article. Never good to lose miles due to expiration.

  • Thanks for the link to blog post showing how to prevent miles from expiring!

  • Brent Strombom says:

    Thanks for the great post. I’d like to see about getting my points extended.

  • Always good to have different options beside using the credit card or actual flying to keep the points active. Thank you in advance for the free 5 miles! 🙂

  • My AA miles are about to expire in March so I was looking at different ways to keep my account active.
    Being based in Europe/Germany I am not aware of any credit cards available here, nor is the dining program an option when you are not in North America.

    The rates for the exchange of hotel points are horrible so are the prices when purchasing miles on AA’s website.

    Hopefully this blog entry will do the trick.

    offtopic – to keep your IHG-account active you can buy an online e-magazine or book on their website which only costs a few points…

  • Award Wallet is helpful for me in tracking my family miles.

  • How long does it take for the points to be posted for comments made here? I still have a few weeks until my miles expire, but I am getting a little nervous.

  • Thanks for showing how to prevent miles from expiring!

  • Aleta Wolfe Gentile says:

    Is this still a valid method to obtain miles for a comment to keep miles from expiring?

  • It takes about 10 days for the miles to show up in your account, so don’t wait too long, if you’re miles are to expire soon.

    I was really happy, when I finally saw the miles in my account.

  • Thanks for this – trying it!

  • Tyler Sanfino says:

    Commenting for my extra miles

  • This is super helpful. Just found out my miles are expiring in a few days and will try the options above. Thanks for sharing!

  • Appreciate the effort to help the community! Thanks for the link-up with AAdvantage 🙂

  • I just signed up for AwardWallet today. So glad I did this article likely saved me from losing my AAdvantage miles that are about to expire -& I HAD NO IDEA. So glad I found this article & this site (& app)!

  • Commenting to earn 5 points and extend expiration. Thanks for this info.

  • Bruce Meyers says:

    Hoping this terrific value is still in play

  • Thanks again for a great tool!

  • This Tool (Award Wallet) is the best tool out there to track Miles/Point – it can include unlimited Accounts, Unlimited family members and much more~

  • Award wallet is such a helpful tool! Love it

  • Steve Carter says:

    Awesome stuff! Award wallet is the bee’s knees!!

  • This is great information! I just wish I had signed up for this sight a little sooner as I’m in pretty dire straights with my expiration date looming!

  • Steve Carter says:

    This site is awesome. I am now a subscriber! Thanks guys!

  • Great that I can get points to extend my expiry date! I hope it is successful.

  • Germán Villarreal says:

    It may be useful for someone else: in Argentina you can earn miles by just using any Santander Rio AAdvantage Card.
    AwardWallet has just reminded me about my expiring miles, can´t be more grateful. Acting now to prevent it!

  • Hiren desai says:

    Love it

  • Thank you for this great article. It will be very useful to me as I am living in New Zealand and there are not many ways I can earn miles here so I will be following your tips so all my miles do not expire!
    Thanks!

  • Sometimes I wonder if it is even worth keeping up with miles. They make it so difficult to keep them active if you aren’t flying frequently. I guess I would rather they keep the status quo rather than devaluing the miles though. At least this way if you are willing to work for it you can still benefit.

  • Does anyone have recent experience with methods that post miles the fastest? I’m right around the threshhold of 5 business days to expiration, but given that it took 10 days for Chris in February to get miles via AwardWallet, I may try multiple methods to hedge my bets (e.g., AA Shopping). Thanks!

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