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Yes, Miles & More miles expire 36 months from the date they are earned. Per the Miles & More terms and 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 July 10, 2023 will expire on September 30, 2026.
However, there are a couple of ways to extend your mile lifespan beyond the 36-month threshold.
How To Stop Your Miles & More Miles Expiring
There are two ways to get out of the expiration policy: elite status and credit card spending.
- 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 three months before miles are set to expire, and you must make at least one transaction per month.
A previous option existed with Loylogic, which was a service where you could pay to extend your miles' validity. The website now simply displays a message saying it's no longer operating.
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 Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard®.
Miles & More is the mileage program for Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Swiss, and LOT Polish. 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. Also, the airline features what is arguably the best first-class product on routes between Europe and the U.S.
It's disappointing that activity doesn't prevent your miles from expiring. If you're a Miles & More collector, make sure to use your miles before 36 months — or utilize one of the options to be exempt from expiration. And don't forget to check out monthly Miles & More Mileage Bargains for great uses of your miles.
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