Do ANA Mileage Club Miles Expire? Do ANA Mileage Club Miles Expire?

Do ANA Mileage Club Miles Expire?

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Yes, ANA Mileage Club Miles do expire 36 months after you earn them. However, finding that information can be complicated, as ANA has four groups of mileage expiration policies. Per the ANA FAQs page, miles in Group 1 expire 36 months after you earn them. This group applies to miles not earned under any promotions for special validity or limited uses. Thus, you should consider that most miles will expire after 36 months.

This means miles earned January 15, 2023 will expire on January 31, 2026. There is no way to extend your miles' validity or reinstate them once they have expired. The only exception to this rule is if you are a top-tier ANA Diamond Service member. In this case, your miles will never expire.

picture of ANA plane as we discuss whether this program's miles expire
Boeing 777 at Haneda (HND) airport.

COVID-19 Mileage Expiration Extension

Like a host of other airlines and travel industry loyalty programs, ANA suspended the expiration of its miles during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have not done so already, all you need to do is register by February 29, 2024 to extend your miles and ANA SKY COINS due to expire between April 1, 2023 and February 29, 2024.

Your mile and SKY COINS may expire during this process, but you'll get them back. Plus, you can register even after expiry, as long as you register by February 29, 2024.

ANA registration and process for handling expiring miles and SKY COINS

Outside of these special circumstances, miles typically expire after 36 months and can't be extended or reinstated.

Earning ANA miles

Boosting your ANA mileage balance is relatively straightforward, and there is a host of ways to pick up ANA miles without leaving the ground. You can earn ANA miles in all of the following ways:

  • Fly with ANA — both domestically in Japan and internationally.
  • Take a flight with Star Alliance partners — including Lufthansa, United, and Turkish Airlines — and credit your flight to ANA.
  • Credit flights to ANA from flights on non-alliance partners — including Etihad, Garuda Indonesia, and Virgin Atlantic.
  • Stay at partner hotels, including Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott Bonvoy.
  • Earn miles for various activities at partner shops, including The Bicester Village Shopping Collection and NAKA Golf Academy.
  • Shop through the ANA Global Mileage Mall.
  • Rent a car from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Sixt, or several Japenese domestic agencies.
  • Transfer hotel points to ANA miles from brands including IHG, Marriott Bonvoy, Shangri-La, and World of Hyatt.

Boosting your ANA Points Balance

First National Bank of Omaha issues the ANA Card U.S.A. Using this card can help you earn ANA miles on daily purchases

Additionally, you can transfer Membership Rewards Points to ANA Mileage Club miles. Transfers occur at a ratio of 1:1 in increments of 1,000 points. Most transfers take up to 24 hours. That means any cards that earn Membership Rewards points can earn ANA miles.

Alternatively, you can top off your account by transferring Marriott Bonvoy points. Points only transfer at a 3:1 ratio and you need to transfer at least 3,000 points (1,000 miles). However, you can choose to transfer any exact amount above 3,000 points. That means you can transfer 6,486 Bonvoy points if you need exactly 2,162 additional ANA Mileage Club miles to book an award.

screenshot of Marriott points transfer page to send points to ANA Mileage Club

Just note that transfer times can take several days or up to a week. You'll get a 5,000-mile bonus for each 20,000 miles received in your ANA account after a transfer from Marriott.

Our Take

Giving you 36 months before your ANA miles is on the generous end of the spectrum when compared with other programs. Couple that with the ability to boost your balance with transfers from Membership Rewards — plus some excellent award sweet spots — and ANA miles are an excellent option. That's especially true if you regularly travel between the U.S. and Japan or onward destinations in Asia.

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  • I have miles expiring 07/2024. We want to use them. Do I need to book by that date, or complete travel by that date? Follow-up q: if I book something and end up canceling the flight reservation, what happens to the miles?

    • Great question. Miles expire and can’t be extended. That even applies if you’ve used the miles on a reservation and then cancel it. If you cancel the ticket in August 2024, your miles expired in July, so you won’t get them back. In rare situations, we’ve seen ANA offer some type of credit, but getting the miles back almost never happens. And that date is “use by” not “travel by” to answer your other question. Hope this helps.

  • my mileage will expire on July, 2022, can I still register it? How do I know if I successfully registered?