Do Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Miles Expire? Do Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Miles Expire?

Do Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Miles Expire?

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Yes, Turkish Airlines Miles & jSmiles Miles do expire three years from the date they were accrued. According to the Turkish Airlines FAQs page:

“Your Miles are valid for 3 years starting from the date they were earned.”

Miles about to expire can have their validity extended. Plus, Turkish Airlines allows you to reinstate expired miles. Let's take a deeper look at these policies.

Turkish Airlines business class cabin

Extending the Validity of Your Miles

Turkish Airlines allows you to extend the validity of miles that are about to expire. However, it is relatively expensive to extend your miles, costing $10 per 1,000 miles. Extended miles have an additional 3 years of validity. Miles that have been extended once can be extended again.

Reinstating Expired Miles

You can reinstate miles Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles miles that have expired. Reinstatement can be done via the Turkish Airlines app or website, and reinstated miles are valid for a period of 3 years. There is a fee of $10 per 1,000 miles to reinstate expired miles.

Boosting your Turkish Airlines Mileage Balance.

If you are a few miles short of a redemption, you can transfer points from three flexible currencies to Turkish Airlines. You can transfer points to Turkish Airlines from Citi ThankYou points, Capital One miles, and Marriott Bonvoy points.

Citi ThankYou points to Turkish Airlines at a ratio of 1:1, in increments of 1,000 points. Typically, transfers can take up to one day to post in your Turkish Airlines account.

Likewise, Capital One miles transfer to Turkish at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000 points. The benefit of transferring Capital One miles is that your miles should post immediately.

Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a ratio of 3:1. However, Marriott offers a built-in transfer bonus of 5,000 miles when you transfer 60,000 points. That means transferring 60,000 Marriott points would yield 25,000 Turkish miles (at a transfer ratio of 3:1 plus the bonus).

Using Turkish Airlines Miles

There are several great sweet spots to be had using Turkish Airlines miles. Round trip fares within North America in economy — including Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Dutch Antilles — will set you back just 15,000 miles plus minimal taxes and fees.

One of the sweetest sweet spots in the Miles & Smiles program is flying between North America and Europe in business class for just 45,000 Turkish miles each way. You can route through Istanbul if you want to maximize your experience. Or fly on an airline like United for a direct route with minimal fees.

Turkish Airlines miles business class example

Or you can pay just a little bit more to fly all the way to the Middle East. Business-class awards from North America to the Middle East on Turkish Airlines will set you back as few as 47,000 miles plus taxes and fees.

Turkish Airlines Middle East mileage example

As if its award chart wasn't good enough, Turkish Airlines often offers lucrative mileage sales.

Our Take

Three years is on the more generous end of mileage expiration policies we have seen and is sufficiently long enough that there should be no excuse for letting your mileage balance expire. Couple this length with reasonably good value redemption options within North America and the ability to transfer points from three currencies, and the Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles program can be an excellent value for economy awards.

Fortunately, if you want help keeping an eye on your Turkish Airlines miles balance, you can always use AwardWallet to stay on top of your point expiration deadlines!

Read more: AwardWallet Tool Adds Calendar Reminders for Expiring Points and Miles

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