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Miles & More miles expire 36 months from the date they are earned. Per the Miles & More terms & conditions:
“If award miles are not redeemed for an award in the mileage account within 36 months of the event (start of the flight in question, start of the hotel stay, start of car rental etc.), they expire by the end of the next quarter, unless a longer deadline is announced through the Miles & More communication channels.”
This is a straightforward, albeit not generous, policy. You don’t have to worry about earning or redeeming miles to keep them alive. Miles simply expire at the end of the quarter 36 months after being earned. For example, Miles & More miles earned on 8 February 2019 will expire on 31 March 2022.
However, there is a couple of ways to extend your miles lifespan beyond the 36-month threshold.
Extending Your Miles Life Expectancy
There are three ways to extend the life of your miles. Through elite status, credit card spending, or through Miles & More partner Loylogic.
- Your miles will not expire as long as you hold elite status with Miles & More (Frequent Traveller, Senator, or HON Circle Member)
- If you carry an eligible co-branded credit card, your miles are exempt from the 36-month expiration policy. The card needs to be held for at least 3 months before miles are set to expire, and you make at least one transaction per month.
- If your miles are about to expire, you pay Miles and More partner Loylogic to have your miles extended. To qualify for the extension, at least 1 of your miles must have been earned with a Miles and More partner.
What are the Co-Branded Credit Card Options with Miles & More?
Luckily, Miles & More has a vast range of options for co-branded credit cards. There are options for residents of most European countries — as well as China, Japan, and India. In the United States, you can prevent your miles from expiring by completing eligible spending on the Lufthansa Miles & More World Elite MasterCard.
Miles & More is the mileage program for Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Swiss, and LOT Polish. So, understandably, Miles & More is primarily a European-based reward program. That said, it still has a very strong U.S. exposure — including a U.S.-issued credit card.
It's disappointing that the expiration of Miles & More miles can't be extended through activity. If you're a Miles & More collector, make sure to use your miles before they expire — or utilize one of the few ways to keep your miles from expiring.
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