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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:
- Take a flight with AA or one of their partners and credit the miles you earn to AAdvantage
- Earn miles whenever you stay with one of AAdvantage’s Hotel Partners, which include some of the biggest chains like IHG, Hilton, and Marriott
- Convert your hotel points to AAdvantage miles
- Earn miles whenever you rent a car from one of AAdvantage’s car rental partners
- Join AAdvantage’s dining program and have a qualifying dining activity at participating restaurants
- Purchase something online through AA’s shopping portal
- Take a Cruise or book a vacation with an AAdvantage partner
- Earn miles when you spend with your AA credit cards which include:
- Leave a comment on a blog post that gets approved (terms and conditions apply)
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.
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