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With few exceptions, the points, miles, and rewards associated with loyalty/rewards programs expire at some point. The key is to know the policies and make sure you're never caught losing out on your hard-earned rewards. First and foremost, make sure you're keeping track of all of your rewards with AwardWallet; we'll let you know if something is going to expire well in advance of that expiration.

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We've put together this post to have a single place you can come to find the expiration policies of major loyalty/rewards programs, and added what we think is the easiest way of preventing your miles from expiring in each program. For more details on each expiration policy and additional ways of preventing rewards from expiring, click through to the individual posts. If we've missed a program you would like to see included in the list, get in touch via the comments and we'll do our best to get it added to the post.

Airline Frequent Flyer Program Expiration Policies

  • Alaska Airlines – Earn Mileage Plan miles at over 800 stores in the Alaska Shopping Portal.
  • American Airlines – Leave a comment on any AwardWallet post and receive 5 AAdvantage miles.
  • British Airways – Transfer points from Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards, or SPG.
  • Delta Air Lines – Miles don't expire!
  • Hawaiian Airlines – Make a purchase using Hawaiian Airlines MileFinder.
  • United Airlines – Make a purchase through the MileagePlus X mobile app.
  • JetBlue – Points don't expire!
  • Singapore Airlines – Miles expire 36 months after accrual, you must pay to extend the expiration date.
  • Southwest Airlines – Transfer points from Ultimate Rewards or join Rapid Rewards Dining Program

Hotel Rewards Expiration Policies

Car Rental Rewards Expiration Policies

  • Hertz – Points do not expire as long as you have a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards rental activity in the prior 24 months. Activity means a Gold Plus Rewards Point was either earned or redeemed on a rental.
  • National – Rental credits do not expire. Once you earn enough credits for a free day, the free day is valid through December 31st of the following year.
  • Avis – Points will remain active for five years from when they were earned as long as the customer is active. Avis Preferred member is considered “Inactive” if, during a 12-month period you have not completed an eligible rental at a participating Avis location, earned or redeemed any Avis Preferred Points, or your account has been canceled.

Bank Rewards Expiration Policies

  • American Express Membership Rewards – Points don't expire as long as you have an active Membership Rewards earning credit card.
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards – Points don't expire as long as you have an active Ultimate Rewards earning credit card.
  • Citi ThankYou Points – As long as you have an active ThankYou Rewards earning credit card you're safe. However, shared points expire 90 days after transfer.
Expiration Policies of Loyalty & Rewards Programs (Updated October 2018)
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Comments

  • Maryjane says:

    This is a good reminder of the fact that my points expire. Although I track them in Award Wallet, just earning points is not enough to keep some of these points from expiring. I’m going to have to pay particular attention to my Hertz points. Although I rent cars monthly, I have very little brand loyalty. All the elite benefits are the same and I prefer the cheapest car rather than upgrades. (The opposite of what I want on airlines!) I’d hate to have my points expire though. Earn and burn is the motto here. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the handy set of links. while most are known by memory these days (or logged in Award Wallet), this is still good info to keep around.

  • charles j says:

    Last I knew, Citibank Thank You points expire 60 days, I think, after the bank or credit card account in which they were earned is closed, even if you have other Thank You point accruing cards. You have to call the Thank You number and the CSR will tell you the number of points associated with the closed account so you can use them.

    • If you have multiple ThankYou Rewards earning accounts (which you shouldn’t — get them consolidated to a single account) if you no longer have a ThankYou Rewards earning card associated with a ThankYou Rewards account, then, yes, they will expire.

  • Nice to have these reference links in one place…thanks!

  • Great list for reference, but AwardWallet is my “brain” for this data.
    Also, was not Club Carlson (indicated above) now been re-branded as Radisson Rewards?

  • marcwint55 says:

    YOU ARE ALL DOING A GREAT JOB AT AWARD WALLET

  • This was a great reminder. I used to hoard my miles/points, but with inevitable devaluations and expirations nowadays I use them more liberally. Of course, I keep a few tucked away for a rainy day, but overall I try to use them. Thanks for this reminder blog. It was quite helpful!

  • Federico says:

    AwardWallet is a lifesaver to avoid miles expiration, specially with the AA miles!

  • Best Western!!

  • Important information to keep handy. I definitely don’t want to lose any points or miles due to neglecting or overlooking. Work too hard to earn them.

  • Bookmarking this for reference. Thanks.

  • I use automatic conversion of Le Club points to airline miles since I’ve had them expire before without being able to do anything about it.

  • Air Flyer says:

    I really like Delta for this.

  • Good reminder, I also use Award Wallet for all points and exports.

  • Great info
    Sadly I have lost miles this way

  • Jacqueline says:

    AW is a lifesaver for poinrs expiry, I completely forgot about one accoubt recently ahdvwas able to safe a hoard of Mike’s due to the notifications.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    A handy resource. Thanks!

  • Delta has justifiably taken a lot of flak for their loyalty program. But at least their miles don’t expire.

  • Lufthansa’s Miles and More policy annoys be because if you’re a basic member without a credit card, points expire after some period, regardless of more recent activity.

  • Thanks. These expiration dates can sneak up on you sometimes.

  • miskocina says:

    This is interesting. I didn’t know that Delta miles never expire!

  • deerseason says:

    I heard a rumor that Jet Blue points earned through the amazon referral DID expire. Is there any truth to that?

  • I am moving my points from SPG once a month and it changes expiry date

  • I am so happy I found Awardwallet – I have personally paid twice to reinstate miles from kids’ accounts. It’s easy to keep track of my own, but for my kids, and my elderly parents, it’s much harder, especially when multiplied by several airlines. I recently declined to sign the kids up for one airline FF program, since I knew we probably wouldn’t fly them in the next few years. I also didn’t realize Jet Blue miles don’t expire. Thanks!

  • deerseason says:

    Do marriott points earned from the nfl game a few months ago keep the account updated?

  • Alessandro says:

    I did not know about it. It is very useful as it helps improve relationships with companies around the world. I’ve lost several miles, now I’m not losing anymore.

  • Great set of links, sometimes it becomes overwhelming and you forget about some points. Thank goodness for awardwallet to keep track!

  • Beverly Weir says:

    Wow, so glad I have found this excellent service. I have wayyyyyy too many different award programs to keep track of and was trying to combine them and filter into each other some how so I would only have 3 or 4 to worry about. No I don’t have to as I will input them all here !! Will be telling everybody I know about this site as it is fantastic. Thank you !!!

  • @greyhk says: “Thanks. These expiration dates can sneak up on you sometimes.”

    If you don’t remain engaged on some level, they will most certainly, inevitably go poof.

  • Bill from Maine says:

    One of the reasons I keep my CSP card is to preserve my miles and points with UR transfers. I haven’t had a need to use SWA or Hyatt lately and don’t carry their cards so I transfer 1000 miles or points to an account, keeping it active for a couple more years. I use the card the rest of the time on UAL transfers, keeping my account active and saving for a big trip in a couple of years. Of course, Awardwallet plays a big role keeping me up to date with all my account balances and expiration dates.

  • Jason Logan says:

    super helpful- thank you 🙂

  • Sebastian says:

    I had a problem with my spirit-miles…they expired..and back here in Germany it’s really difficult to keep them active by earning miles – for the next time, what would you suggest to do?

  • Love that my Delta miles don’t expire, but with recent award spikes they really became useless.

  • Great information for reference and hopefully saving from miles expiring. Thanks AW

  • Karen Mason says:

    This is great! All this info in one place. I do also LOVE that AwardWallet reminds us of expiring points!

  • David Rubinstein says:

    My award expiration (particularly hyatt/mariott) show different expiration dates than on actual points portal. How do we confirm which is correct?

    • I’d be hard-pressed to say that Hyatt or Marriott don’t know when your points expire. That said, I don’t know where on Hyatt.com you can find the expiration date of your points. AwardWallet calculates the date based on qualified activity to extend your expiration.

      If you update your accounts do you see refreshed expiration dates? If you’re still seeing data that doesn’t match up, please contact support directly: https://awardwallet.com/contact

  • Although my American Airline miles are set to expire soon, hopefully just by this mere comment I will be able to save them. Just by commenting I can earn 5 AA miles and reset all of my miles! Thank you for the excellent tip Award Wallet!

  • Virgin Atlantic?

  • Hi, is there a way to customize the expiration reminder in terms of : email/text, how far ahead of expiration, number of reminders etc?

    • You can select to receive expiration reminders by desktop and mobile push notification and email via the ‘My Profile–>Edit Notifications’ and we send notifications 90, 60, 30, and 7 days prior to expiry.

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