American Airlines Miles Resume Expiration on July 1, But There's a New Exception

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Update: On August 10, 2020, American Airlines announced that it's pausing expiration through December 31, 2020. Any miles that have expired since July 1, 2020 will be reactivated by American Airlines.

On April 2, 2020, American Airlines announced a pause on mileage expiration. However, the pause was only through June 30, 2020, and American Airlines didn't extend this pause. As of July 1st, American Airlines AAdvantage® miles begin expiring again.

But, there's a new exception to this rule. Effective July 1, 2020, American Airlines won't apply its mileage expiration policy to AAdvantage® members under age 21.

Do American Airlines Miles Expire?

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.

With the policy change on July 1, 2020, this 18-month activity requirement won’t apply to AAdvantage® members under age 21. Once a member turns 21, the member will need to generate activity sometime in the next 18 months to avoid mileage expiration.

For members who turned 21 prior to July 1, 2020, the 18-month activity period will be retroactively applied to the 21st birthday. American Airlines provides the following example of how this works: “If a member turned 21 on March 1, 2020, the 18-month qualifying activity period for this member will start on March 1, 2020.”

Fortunately for the rest of us, there are plenty of ways you can earn or redeem AAdvantage® miles.

Fastest Options for Extending American Mile Expiration

For those with a short amount of time before miles expire here are a few options:

  1. Leave a comment on the AwardWallet Blog! If approved, we'll give you 5 AAdvantage® miles. (terms and conditions apply)
  2. Donate AAdvantage® miles — American states that donations may take up to 48 hours to process, some have reported the transaction posting within a few hours. You can donate a minimum of 1,000 miles.
  3. Buy AAdvantage® miles — Posting time ranges from instant to 48 hours. The cost is around ~$70 to buy the minimum 2,000 miles.
  4. Transfer from Marriott Bonvoy — You can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to AAdvantage® miles at a 3 to 1 ratio. You need to transfer at least 3,000 points. According to AwardWallet tracking, the average transfer time is around 48 hours.

Here's our post on the current promotions to buy American Airlines miles. You can check our miles purchase times page to see how long it will take for American miles to post.

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Opening a Bask Savings Account is hands down the easiest way to permanently eliminate “stop my American miles from expiring” from your to-do list. There's no limit to the number of miles you can earn, and it's quick and easy to set up. Check out our full review for more details.
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Other Ways to Earn AAdvantage® Miles

Here are some other ways you can earn AAdvantage® miles (some of these options won't credit to your account right away):

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

If you looking for ideas on how to get more value from your miles, check out our post on AAdvantage® redemption sweet spots. You may also find our post about American Airlines partners helpful with planning your next trip. When you’re ready to book, just head to the award search page.

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  • Leaving a comment gives us 5 points. Is this considered movement in the last 18 months? I mean when I win the 5 points, I go back to the 18 months term?

  • In view of the health restrictions imposed on Brazilians who would like to travel to Europe in the coming months, donating miles, renting cars, may be the best way to use miles that are about to expire.

  • AwardWallet makes it so easy to keep track of my AAdvantage mileage expiration. I would have definitely lost out on the miles I had accrued. AwardWallet also made it easy to find ways to help me from letting them expire. Definitely saved me time and hard-earned points from being lost!

  • Honestly, I had no idea my miles were even expiring until I was notified by AwardWallet so that in itself was helpful. I also just signed up for eshopping to save them.

  • Appreciate the heads-up on my expiration, and the several ways to reload (without risking Covid!). Sad to see that AAdvantage shopping doesn’t seem to work in UK anymore. I wonder why?

  • My AA miles expire in 2 months. Will this also be automatically extended ?

  • Hey thanks for clarifying the rules on mileage expiration. I could have easily overlooked this if I did not receive an Award Wallet email. I know some airlines are allowing purchases of tickets that allow the date to be changed for up to 2 years. I wonder if AA is allowing this? Could be a good option to keep miles from expiring…

  • What if multiple AAdvantage accounts are linked to the same AwardWallet account? How will the points be assigned for commenting? Also, I am seeing that points have been extended to December 2020 but the ones in my account expire September 2020. If they are “reactivated” will they get the 18 month new shelf-life?

    • While leaving a comment you should get a popup window to specify your AA account number to which miles should be deposited. If you don’t specify your account number the miles will never be deposited. As for miles expiration, please contact AA representatives directly to figure it out.

  • Matt Fohlmeister says:

    I didn’t realize you could extend by posting on the blog, this is great!

  • Award Wallet is the tool you need and the blog posts are excellent

  • Alex Leonard says:

    As miles are getting more challenging to accrue in this stripped down business travel environment, it looks like we are more susceptible to some of our less used loyalty programs having point expirations. I have always leaned on the MagsforMiles program with other airlines to get a cheap subscription to keep them active. Award Wallet though has a more thoughtful way to help travelers keep these points active. Kudos to them for helping us when AA and others are reinstating expiration dates as we struggle to get back out on the road.

  • Does anyone know if the purchase of AA miles can be done with a gift card? Thank you for the 5 AA miles!

  • Excelente blog ! todo lo que se necesita saber para aprovechar los programas de millas ! Y extender el vencimiento de nuestras millas.

  • I wish they would just show the updated expiration date on your AA account so you don’t have to keep track of all the changes.

  • I love that we can extend the expiration date because of Awardwallet.

  • Any new ways for 2020 ?

  • I’m so happy about that expiration pause!

  • Danielle E says:

    My husband has always used AW and has finally talked me into it. Saved me from forgetting some expiring points!

    -DE

  • I wouldnt know my miles were about to expire if it wasnt for AWARDWALLET! Thanks!

  • nestor compiano says:

    My AA miles are about to expire in January, so I was looking for different ways to keep my account active.
    I live in Argentina so it is difficult to get flights to earn miles.
    Hopefully this blog comment will work.

  • Jeremy Rode says:

    I love how AwardWallet lets you know when your miles are about to expire!

  • Award Wallet sure makes it easier to extend your Advantage account

  • Eugene Weinstein says:

    I wish I was able to use my AA miles now! Hopefully more places and countries will open and we will be able to travel as we used too…

  • As someone that lives outside the US, this blog has been a wealth of knowledge on the wide range of options available to extend the expiry on my miles due to COVID, and all things AAdvantage!

  • thanks for the possibility of extending the expiration date of the miles

  • I have points expiring in 5 days. Assuming the quick activities don’t post in time, is it known, with current COVID changes, can a flight be booked with miles and then cancelled without the reinstatement fee for flights operated by regional partners? AA’s website states an eligible flight to be an American Airlines flight. So i’m assuming Peidmont, American Eagle, etc wouldn’t count. Then it also says, if your flight isn’t eligible, to call reservations. Any thoughts on whether this would work to extend expiration dates? I don’t have enough time for shopping or dining to post. Thanks!

  • Anne-Marie Bourdeau-Lamothe says:

    Just read your post that summarizes the updated expiration policies for points with airlines and hotel programs during covid restrictions. Was very informative!! Keep up the good work.
    However, Hilton is listed at 12 months expiration. They just confirmed with me that it is now 15 months. Also see their website…. Hilton Honors Terms and Conditions, rule #13… effective January 9/20 in any 15 consecutive months… must either: stay, earn, purchase or donate points. Good news!

  • Just found out this week that my AA miles had expired this month. I guess they really had expired in April but they were on pause due to the coronavirus. I somehow lost track of this.

    Online it said it would be $100 to reactivate them. I called them this morning and politely asked if they would reinstate them without paying $100 and they granted me a one time exception. So I’m happy I got my miles back!

    It’s worth calling if anyone had any expire recently.

    • I asked them for an extension and they said no. Seems to be hit or miss depending on who you talk to.

    • I called the day after my points expired (ONE day!) and kindly asked to have my points reinstated. I also got a no. I was however offered a lower price to reinstate all of my points compared to the online price. I was also given the option to sign up for any AAdvantage credit card, meet the minimum spend, and when the bonus points post, they would reinstate all my expired points for free. I was told this offer is only given to those who call within 30 days after points expire.

  • Juan Moran says:

    Great news! Happy to hear they have extended the expire date. My miles are expiring on September.
    Do you know if by Gifting miles you can extend the expire date? I’m planning to give away some miles to friend.

    Thanks Award Wallet for the info!

  • Great news, and glad they made the change to exempt members under 21 years old. It’s been difficult enough for the parents to keep their miles from expiring without having to worry about the children.

  • I just learned that my AA miles would be expiring shortly and was about to buy additional miles. Unfortunately I was not able to log into AA website and had to recheck my AA number in Award Wallet where I luckily found a reminder to this great opportunity! Therefore I strongly suggest that you always check AwardWallet first prior to buying any additional miles.

  • Well, my American Airlines points expired July 3rd and for some reason was under the impression they would be extended due to coronavirus.
    Has anybody had luck calling and getting them reinstated if they expired in July? Without paying the hundred dollars they’re asking for online?
    Thank you in advance.

  • This is great timing, my miles are about to expire, this will help extend my miles for another 18 months. I want to redeem my miles for a trip but I just can’t at the moment obviously. I will tell more people about this! Can’t wait to travel again!

  • Great reminder on the different options to keep AA miles from expiring. TBH without AwardWallet I would have completely missed the expiration date.

  • This was a timely article given the fluid conditions due to COVID and the resultant impact on the airline industry. This is an especially good resource for a scenario like mine, which is that my miles are expiring and I had to cancel a flight booked with miles (leaving me without a triggering event and running out of time). It’s good to see the options listed all in one spot. I actually hadn’t thought of an awards tracking service, so I signed up while I was here!

  • Geoffrey Gould says:

    By the way, if your miles recently expired, you can pay to have them recovered within 18 months after expiration:

    https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-program/miles/reactivate-miles.jsp

  • I hope American Airlines should have extended the pause of miles expiry until end of 2020. Air travel is not yet back to normal.

  • I’m a long time American flyer who’s new to AwardWallet. The 5-points per comment is a great way to keep your points fresh. I wonder if people are posting every day just to get the points?

    • Yes, such people do exist. But please note that comments are moderated and approved based on their engagement with the post. Generally not every comment is approved, especially those that don’t offer any opinion or additional information. For example, “looks good tnx” or “good”.

  • Sofia Zamolo says:

    I havent been able to travel or have any movement in my account latelty, thank you for the wonderful tip! Best. Sofi

  • Also check out the vinesse.com offer for additional AA miles!

  • Thanks for the 5 points, I live in fear of my legacy US Air miles expiring because I can’t make it anywhere I planned them for.

  • 5 bonus miles for leaving a comment? It is great! I hope i can receive this Bonus miles cause i have several miles to expires in July

  • I do several things, besides commenting here, to keep my AA miles from expiring. I like that I don’t have to worry about my kids miles now. I do have to remember once they are 21 to help them. I know they won’t be able to keep up with it like I will be able to do. We all do keep up with lots of family members accounts don’t we? I can only hope that my kids will see the benefit with miles and points.

    I see the up side and down side of AA having an expiration time on their miles. I would love them to get rid of their expiration but it does help AA not have all the “money” out there. On the other hand, if someone doesn’t ever use them is it a loss to them? I find it easy to keep them alive and not have to worry about the expiration time period. I feel that if it means something to you then you’ll keep track of it and not worry about it. Besides AwardWallet tells me when they will expire and I just have to do something before that time to keep them active or the points/miles don’t mean that much to me.

  • hongtien20 says:

    How long does it normally take for 5 miles to be credited after comment was post?

  • Thanks for showing how to prevent miles from expiring!
    Award Wallet is helpful for me. I have my family miles all in the same account.

  • Had a problem last year with AA when for some reason I did not get an expiration warning for my miles. Eventually had them reinstated but has taught me to be more careful with my expiration dates.

  • Maybe I missed something, but I was under the impression that after Delta had removed its mileage expiration policy some years ago its peers United and American had also removed their mileage expiration policies?

  • Are there any UK credit cards you can use to earn AAdvantage Miles – and therefore keep them from expiring? There are lots of options in the States and it would be great to see more offers for UK flyers.

  • Thank you for the information! These are useful tips to help navigate the challenge of expiring points when it is too difficult or worrisome to travel at this time.

  • Thanks so much for this article. I am reluctant to travel to visit my family in France as I am a senior citizen and not comfortable to fly as yet. My award miles will be expiring soon and I was happy to find out all of my options to save them.

  • Really happy to discover award wallet today as I have some miles coming up to expire. Also great to load all my accounts in an easy to use interface and stop manually checking and spreadsheeting my miles balances!

  • Marcelo De Marco says:

    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!

  • Richard O'Neill says:

    I have been an award wallet member for more than 10 years. Today is the first time I clicked on the Blog tab. The discussion is how to earn 5 mile points with AA by simply posting a comment on a blog article. The minimum mile purchase from AA is 2,000 – Cost is $78.99. I would have had to spend this in September. Hopefully, now I don’t.

    Award Wallet thank you for this comment program. You have saved me a fair amount of money.

    Richard

  • claudio javier says:

    AA se tendria que unir a otras aerolineas que no vencen sus millas, ya que con esto de la pandemia el hemisferio norte vuelve casi a la normalidad, pero en el otro hemisferio como recien empieza el invierno es muy dificil que algunos paises abran sus fronteras aereas con normalidad
    tendrian que separar a sus clientes por estas razones.

  • Hector L Samalot says:

    AwardWallet is an excellent way to learn how to get more benefits out from your airline miles or credit card points….

  • VLADISLAV PROTASOV says:

    Great option to extend AA miles expiration date. Thanks Awardwallet for doing this.

  • Gabriel L. Boisvert says:

    Seems silly to still have expiring miles – it’s getting harder to cash in miles anyway, the least they can do is let us keep them even if we can’t fly for awhile, like Delta does.

  • Sounds like AA wants to move on from the pandemic, but we’re not there yet. Disappointing.

  • Delta, Southwest and United have all lifted the expiration requirements affecting miles on their airlines. American seems to be behind their competitors in this regard.

  • I’m flying AA right now so problem keeping my miles active but knowing other ways to do it is always helpful.
    Thé exception of those under 18 not having their miles expire is very nice but doesn’t help most of us.

  • Yawvaar Islam says:

    My miles are due to expire in a couple of months. Ability to get 5 miles by posting in this blog is a useful feature!

  • Award Wallet is a must have for all of us who love to travel and keep trying to get the best of our miles! This 5 miles add turns out to be very useful.
    I guess these AA changes are good news for families but mileage program has been changing through the years and, at least in South America, if you get the minimum miles purchase (2000), the cost is too high if you compare it with the prices of buying a complete ticket travel. So, 18 months buying renovation doesn’t make any sense for us if you don’t have a big amount of miles on your account. I hope AAdvantage keeps becoming more competitive.

  • victoria lorenzo says:

    Hi, thank you so much for you info. I just coudn t find on my aadvantage account where i shoul go to donate milles for AA ong.
    Any way you give me more opcions not to lose my milles. So i gues this comment. Will help me get my 5 milles to extend my milles for 18 month.
    Thank you so much.

  • Kristen M says:

    Thanks so much for both the reminder that my American miles are expiring soon and for the list of ways to keep my account active and avoid losing my miles!

  • Shailesh Neil Mehta says:

    I definitely think offering opportunities requiring a smaller amount of contribution will be helpful to many as well. That would be a nice gesture by American since many are not traveling due to the crisis, but still would like keep their miles for future travel.

  • Great news but still American should do more like Delta and United

  • Ritu Mehta says:

    I heard that miles also do not expire if you are under the age of 21, is that correct?

  • Is a petty that this mileage program still have expiration. It may triggers no so frequent flyers to choose other companies where the mileages program has not expiration

  • Graciela Santos says:

    Muy útil AwardWallet 🙂

  • Thank you for providing such a great resource! AA does seem to be the airline most quickly ramping up normal operations (points expiration, booking middle seats, etc).

  • They really ought to stop expiring miles or at least make it like 3 years.

  • It was good of American to temporarily suspend expirations. Makes sense that the policy should start up again too.

  • Steven P says:

    THANKS AGAIN Award Wallet for reminding that my miles are soon to expire and for giving me suggestions on how to prevent it.

    You have saved me countless times!

  • As always many thanks for the tip and the opportunity to keep the account active

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    So there’s an option for charity donation… well charity begins at home. Besides, way too many taxes for even consider it. I like the other options in this deal though.

  • Yaakov Bennish says:

    Thank you for sharing this, very helpful. if only AA would follow United and Delta and not have expiry…

  • I wish AA would follow UA and not expire miles

  • Thank you! I hope this post can extend my AA miles.

  • AwardWallet has helped me keep better track of my miles, and it reminded me that my AAdvantage miles are expiring soon. Anyway, I’m grateful for this service.

  • Hi there, if I´m not mistaken transferring AA miles extends mileage expiration. But does this work for both the recipient and the sender? Thanks.

    • I’m not sure that transferring miles counts as qualifying activity. Here is the section from AAdvantage’s T&C:
      “AAdvantage® members must have mileage earning or redeeming activity once every 18 months in order to retain their miles. If your account has no qualifying activity in any 18-month period, all miles in the account will expire. Qualifying activity extends the expiration date of all unexpired mileage credit in your account for 18 months from the date of the qualifying activity. Qualifying activity is defined as redeeming any AAdvantage® award or accruing mileage credit on any eligible American, American Eagle® or AAdvantage® airline participant as well as accruing mileage credit with participating hotels, car rental companies, credit cards, telecommunication providers and other service providers offering AAdvantage® mileage credit.”

      The good news is that anyone can extend AA mile expiration just by connecting their AwardWallet account with their AAdvantage account and commenting to earn 5 miles!

  • I’ve been using AwardWallet for quite some time, and I really appreciate that they keep track of my miles and expiration! I was intrigued by the Bask Savings Account option for future travels, but the amount required to make even the sign up bonus worth it is rather tough during this pandemic. Besides, the miles earned are taxable, which adds a layer of complication. Thank you for giving me the option to earn a few miles by commenting — it will buy me time to use some of these other strategies in the future.

  • It’s good that American Airlines extended the mileage expiration date for a little while during the pandemic, but it would be so much better if their miles never expired, like so many other airlines have now done. That said, I’m glad I found this blog and site, and am hopefully able to keep my miles alive, as I don’t envision flying anytime soon. Thanks AwardWallet for saving my miles!

  • I haven’t flown with AA for a while. So glad to know I can post here to save my miles.
    This is a great service! Thanks Award Wallet

  • Bhavesh Lakhataria says:

    Great Info and Blog !! Hoping to extend my points expiration date.

  • During the COVID crisis it would be great if American Airlines extended the mileage expiration date – or eliminated it completely (as some of the other airlines have done). Currently, taking a flight or booking a cruise is not an option! I just joined AwardWallet and will try to use this service and the functionality of Awardwalet to prevent AA miles from expiring! Way to go Awardwalet!

    • Leah Savage says:

      Agreed! My miles are expiring soon, but I definitely won’t be flying before there is a vaccine in wide use.

  • The AwardWallet team continues to deliver on their service to their loyal following of customers. It’s amazing that they figured out a way to actually help customers from losing their expiring points by actually integrating in with a company like American Airlines so customers can earn points via the AwardWallet website. Because of their dedication to customers, our family was able to prevent our two American Airlines accounts’ points from expiring. Thank you so much.

  • Karl Larson says:

    I just renewed my AwardWallet subscription, and received a helpful notification that my AA miles were exporting next month, with a link to this blog post. This is a great service!

  • David Skau says:

    Yes, I agree – most other airlines are extending terms it seems, as much as through the end of the year. American is too of course, but beginning of July is still very soon, before most people are willing to really resume travel – and many routes still aren’t operating even!

  • Lawrence G Heaton says:

    I think in this period where air travel has 90% stopped AA should eliminate there 18 month mile expiration. I’m grateful that award wallet provides a way around that issue with 5 miles for a comment. Thanks

  • MITCHELL says:

    Has anyone else found it difficult to find AA Dining partners where they live? I am in a semi-rural community and the closest restaurant is an hour away in a city of about 200,000 people and there is still only one partner. Does anyone know of a way to request that local restaurants join the program?

  • Leslie Stork says:

    Haven’t flown AA in a while, so glad I can post this to keep it current. Wish some of the other airlines would connect with Award Wallet. Do appreciate having one site to check points on. Thanks.

  • I am so excited that I can extend my expiration date on my AA award miles, especially during this time of social distancing. Thank you, AwardWallet!!!

  • I track all my points in a spreadsheet but Award Wallet gives me a backup warning, which is great. I need to prevent some AA miles from expiring and love that I can do it through a blog comment. Unfortunately, as some mentioned, a comment I posted a few days ago disappeared without being approved, so I’m trying again.

    • Looks like my comment did eventually post. Now waiting to see if miles show up. Thanks!

    • As I see, your comments have been approved. We’re happy to approve comments that answer questions for other readers or share your personal experience or opinion related to the post on which your comment is submitted.

      However, we won’t approve comments like “‘Thanks!“, “Great deal”, “Cool’” from folks that comment frequently. We have this policy because superficial comments clutter the discussion without adding value.

  • kyoung an bang says:

    I am really happy to know these valuable tips. I was worried that my AA mileage would be expired soon. But I am relieved now and thank you for watching my account, AwardWallet.

  • Doesn’t look like I’m flying any time soon and need to extend my expiration. Thanks AwardWallet! We’ve been a paid users for years. Well worth the money!

  • Thank you AwardWallet! Can’t wait to get back to traveling. I have about five international trips all planned out.

  • Does it work also with two accounts?

  • Hope it keep working. A nice way to keep my miles 🙂

  • Fabulous way to keep track of AA points. Wish I’d known about AwardWallet earlier.

  • I was just informed by AwardWallet-Team that this nice little feature now works again. Fingers crossed.

  • This used to be a nice tool but both comments I posted over the last week disappeared (as mentioned by a different user above). Hope you get this fixed soon.

  • This is the easiest way to keep AA miles alive in seldom used accounts (ie my kids). Hopefully it also increases page views for AwardWallet so that they can continue to offer it. I’ve been a paid user for years. Well worth the money!

  • I posted a week ago (2/22/20), got the pop-up for the miles and yet received no miles and now my comment is missing. There was nothing inappropriate about my post. Disappointing.

  • Patricio Caro says:

    Hello my miles are about to expire 03/30/20

    Can you help me to keep that from happening?

    Thank you

    • If you have miles that have expired or are expected to expire within 5 business days we highly recommend you look at alternative means to keep your miles alive.
      Purchasing miles is the fastest way we’ve seen. Also, please note that there is a limit of 5 miles earned per day.

      • I understand that AwardWallet will give me 5 miles per day and in this way the ones I already have will be renewed?

        • Patricio, what do you mean by “AwardWallet will give me 5 miles per day”? We’re happy to approve comments that answer questions for other readers or share your personal experience or opinion related to the post on which your comment is submitted. However, we won’t approve comments like “‘Thanks!“, “Great deal”, “Cool’” from folks that comment frequently. We have this policy because superficial comments clutter the discussion without adding value.
          So, if the majority of submitted comments doesn’t provide value, a reader won’t be allowed to comment. Please note that we don’t promise anywhere that you will get your 5 miles even if your post is approved. If you are posting comments on our blog only for the purpose of getting 5 miles for each post we recommend that you stop doing that.

          • Irene, my English is not good and I am using the google translator to write them, maybe the translation was not good.
            I decide if there was a misunderstanding.

            On the other hand I want to thank you for helping me not to lose the miles I had in AA, because thanks to the 10 miles granted, the total was renewed for 1.5 years.

            Thank you very much AwardWallet for helping me !!!!

            Patricio

  • Thanks for this great information

  • I am kicking myself because I didn’t realize AA had a shopping portal and I could have been earning so many miles this whole time! Thanks for showing me all the ways to earn!

  • Great service, really good idea to keep miles from expiring. Look forward to exploring the other options on this site. Much thanks!

  • Check your Dining Rewards points regularly – I find I need to drop them an email fairly often for missing dines, especially if a card is moved between dining accounts

  • I took this tool for granted. Now that I know more about it. I will use it more. Also love the five miles if you comment. Score!!

  • This works and it’s great.

  • Does this still work? Mine show expiry even with the 5 points from a comment.

  • Milesflipper says:

    Mine are expiring even though I had 5 points from award wallet post recently.

    Strange.

  • Helpful article. Posting comment to keep my miles from expiring, thanks AA!

  • Great tips for earning and preserving miles on American Airlines
    many thanks

  • thanks for the info

  • Carolina Montera says:

    I hope to prevent that my milles expire. Thanks for the info!

  • Top Tip, my account updated in less than 48 hours. Award Wallet is a must have for any miles/points collector. Thank you.

  • Thank you for the information.
    This is really helpful tips to use the aa mileage.

  • Thanks for sharing this feature with everyone, definitely one of the best way to keep members engaged.

  • Thanks in advance—wasnt there a commercial about leaving a south american country and when boarding AA–their was a sense of relief ?

  • Commenting to earn 5 points and extend expiration. This is really helpful. Thanks.

  • I am so glad I found this article, looking forward to points never expiring again!

  • Just realized that this works with multiple AA accounts being tracked under one AwardWallet account. Super useful for managing kids’ accounts!

  • Jeremy McGale says:

    AA and Award Wallet. That is way to go. That can help protect the account.

  • Robert Lymburner says:

    As a frequent traveler, I am so glad I found AwardWallet to help keep track of various mileage programs. Looking forward to expanded use!

  • This is such a valuable article.. thank you for posting

  • Gaston gomez says:

    I love award wallet

  • Great service! And great idea for the promotion – it makes it easy to keep American miles from expiring.

  • I have been looking for a program that would make me aware of when my miles are expiring and came across this when I realized that my AA points are expiring in a few months. I am excited to give this a try!

  • Commenting to earn 5 points and extend expiration. Thanks for this info, in order to be able to don´t loss the miles!

  • The reminder and functionality of the blog are greatly appreciated, keep up the good work!

  • ROBERT E ROY says:

    I am so glad I joined AwardWallet!!! I just saw that my American Airlines points are scheduled to expire in early 2020. I had NO IDEA!!! Thank You!!

  • Andre Monteiro says:

    I love this feature from AwardWallet. I was told my miles were expiring and this is a really useful way of adding some points in a fast manner. Great job!!

  • Thanks for the helpful tips in keeping my miles from expiring, i will be a user for many years to come.

  • My points expire in 7 days but I signed up for AA card like 2 weeks ago and have been using the card. Looks like the miles don’t get posted until the closing date and a payment is made. to be on safer side, i also made a purchase at lowes via their eshopping site. I am planning to call the customer service on Monday to clarify my standing.

  • Linda Zaklikowski says:

    my AA miles expiring at end of November and then searched links and came across this blog about how to extend the expiry date! This service will be helpful as I don’t live in US anymore and don’t always travel on OneWorld partners. I will definitely be reading more blog posts

    • Linda Zaklikowski says:

      When I was submitting there was an issue with my AA link and so I hit SKIP FOR NOW as everytime I hit REFRESH ACCOUNTS it was showing ERROR. My question is how can I go back and “Refresh Account” or will the 5 points automatically go to my AA linked account (now that I fixed that link with Award Wallet)? I’ve read through FAQ’s and nothing there about how to go back and refresh? Appreciate your advice.

  • Is 5 miles enough to keep miles from expiring? If so, how much time does this buy me?

    • Yes, any act. activity will reset the clock. THis will buy you 18 months.

    • Yep, the rules are “activity” without specifying how much activity. One mile could do the trick if you could do that (maybe buying a soda at a restaurant through the dining reward program?).

  • Thanks for the opportunity for 5 miles.

  • Award wallet continues to be the bees’ knees! Well played.

  • Kellie Shellenberger says:

    I appreciate the information and the Award Wallet tool!

  • Very helpful information! Also, AwardWallet is a great way to keep track of your miles!!

  • Great information! Thank you so much. always helpful to have different ways to keep your miles.

  • Thanks for these. Some really helpful tips here definitely! I think that using your miles for hotels and cars is a really good idea!

  • Thanks for all the helpful information!

  • Marc Weisenfreund says:

    My AA miles expire in 3 months. Hoping this comment will earn me 5AA miles and extend the expiration.

  • Thank you AwardWallet for providing a little bit more peace of mind over the years about a silly, yet important thing: maintaining miles. I heard a few more airlines are eliminating expirations, as United did in August 2019. In the meantime, we’ll need services like these and good ways to get a few incremental miles to renew miles.

  • Thanks for the post. Thanks in advance for the 5 AA miles.

  • Very helpful post. I rely on awardwallet to let me know when points are about to expire. It’s great to see all the improvements to the site over the years, too.

  • This is incredibly helpful! I have AA miles that are about to expire, and realized that thanks to AwardWallet emails.
    I hope this blog comment will extend the expiration date, although they do expire in just 2 days.

    Thanks!

  • This is very helpful info! I am commenting so that my miles will not expire. I will also check out the promotion for extra miles.

  • My mile expire in November. Thanks for the points!

  • Don’t forget the shopping options through AA’s website. Currently they have a promotion for extra miles.

  • Help! I’d rather have my miles not expire!

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

  • Very helpful blog. Thanks!

  • I used to have a UK credit card linked to AA award miles but it got withdrawn. The US cards don’t seem to have a UK equivalent which is a real shame. It’s a great way of collecting miles and stopping expiration.

  • Does anyone know if you can still claim AAmiles after the hotel stay? My miles are expiring in 3 months and I just stayed at an ICH hotel last weekend… Is there a way to claim the miles after your stay?

  • Brian J Nielsen says:

    Help! My miles are about to expire! Please let this comment serve as notice that I would prefer they not do that!

  • katie chang says:

    AwardWallet is a great service. I subscribe to the premium service and it keeps track of all my miles/points. Thanks in advance for the 5 AA miles!

  • Robert Werner says:

    Award wallet has been of great value in tracking my miles and expirations. Thanks for the great site!

  • Charles M Duke says:

    AwardWallet ana american airlines are great

  • Commenting to earn 5 miles and extend expiration – thank you!

  • AAdvantage is great program! Just need to get 5pts to extend my expiration 🙂

  • Time for mileage renewals for some of my fam. Much appreciated!

  • Ian Mesoznik says:

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

  • I came across this site while looking into ways to extend my AA miles. Just testing the option to post a comment!

  • Wondering if there are other ways to use miles so they don’t go wasted. I looked into Miles for Mags but I don’t read any of those magazines. Are there any similar programs where I can get something I can use and that way don’t let my expiring miles go to waste?

    What about donating miles? Where can that be done?

  • Steve Carter says:

    Oh. Also, their subscription for keeping track of all the different miles in one place is pretty nice. Signed up for that too. Definitely worth the yearly fee.

  • Steve Carter says:

    Heard about AW a year ago and thought I’d post just to see if the miles actually posted to AA. They did. Started using them ever since. You guys are awesome!

  • Jay Shin says:

    Wow, what a great benefit. Being in a AA hub almost all of my travel is done on AA. However, my family this year is actually going on United for the first time in ages so my families miles are going to expire (last year we used Virgin/Alaska). I wish I had known this sooner would have saved thousands of miles for the fam.

  • Jean Swindells says:

    Using AwardWallet, I manage the accounts for our whole family without feeling martyred! Your annual fee is well worth paying. Although most of us live in Canada, we do have AA accounts. However, they often verge on expiring, so now I need 5 miles for one of our grandsons. Thanks!

  • If we get AA miles from a blog comment, will they post the same week? I’d rather not see my miles expire while waiting.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Hiren desai says:

    Love it

  • 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!

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

  • Steve Carter says:

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

  • 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:

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

  • Award wallet is such a helpful tool! Love it

  • 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~

  • Thanks again for a great tool!

  • Bruce Meyers says:

    Hoping this terrific value is still in play

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

  • 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)!

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

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

  • Tyler Sanfino says:

    Commenting for my extra miles

  • Thanks for this – trying it!

  • 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.

  • Aleta Wolfe Gentile says:

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

  • Thanks for showing how to prevent miles from expiring!

  • 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.

  • Award Wallet is helpful for me in tracking my family 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…

  • 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! 🙂

  • Brent Strombom says:

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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..

    • Jill Anderson says:

      Points expiring today and just found this line of comments. Hope to extend by miles today and will read the Award Wallet Blog more regularly after this. Hope this works in time!!

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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!