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Yes, TAP Portugal Miles & Go miles do expire three years from the date the miles were earned. Per the TAP terms and conditions page.
“TAP Miles&Go are valid for three (3) years from date of collection, except when otherwise specified.”
This expiry deadline applies to “normal” miles. However, what TAP classes as “Bonus Miles” may have a validity of only 1 year from the date they were earned. Again, per the T&C’s page:
“Some Bonus Miles (such as compensation miles and some promotions) may only be valid for one annual accrual period.”
Extending the Validity of Your Miles
Fortunately, if the 3-year deadline is approaching, you can pay to extend the validity of your miles. Extensions are done in increments of 2,000 miles, and extended miles will have their validity extended for a further 3 years. The newly extended miles will be classed as bonus miles.
Keep in mind that once your TAP miles have expired, you cannot pay to have them reinstated. Instead, those miles are lost forever.
Boosting You TAP Miles & Go Mileage Balance
TAP Portugal does not have a co-branded credit in the U.S., allowing you to earn miles for everyday spending. However, TAP is a transfer partner for both Marriott Bonvoy and Capital One, giving you the option of boosting your points balances that way.
Capital One Miles transfer to TAP Miles & Go at a ratio of 1:1, with a minimum transfer of 1,000 miles. That means you can potentially mint 75,000 Miles & Go miles through the current sign-up bonus on the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card.
- Earn 75,000 Miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening; worth $750 in travel if redeemed for a fixed-value, or potentially much more when transferred to airline partners
- 2 Miles on every purchase
- Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® (up to $100)
- No foreign transaction fees
- $95 annual fee
- 5X miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
- 2X miles per dollar on all other purchases
Marriott Bonvoy points transfer to TAP Miles & Go at a ratio of 3:1 with a minimum transfer of 3,000 points.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are going to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points is the built-in transfer bonus. When you transfer 60,000 Marriott points, you will receive an additional 5,000-mile bonus. With the bonus transferring 60,000 points will yield 25,000 TAP Miles & Go miles instead of 20,000.
Three years is on the more generous side of mileage expiration policies and is ample time for you to accrue, plan and redeem your mile for an award. In a worst-case scenario, you can always pay to extend some or all of your miles, giving you another three years of validity. The ability to boost your mileage balance via points transfers and a generous expiration policy means there is no excuse to let your TAP Miles & Go miles expire.
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