When Do Free Spirit Points Expire? When Do Free Spirit Points Expire?

When Do Free Spirit Points Expire?

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Spirit Airlines Free Spirit® Points will expire if members have no earning or redeeming activity on their account for 12 months. Per the Spirit terms and conditions:

“Points won’t expire as long as you continue to earn or redeem with Spirit or with Free Spirit partners within 12 months.”

Note that the expiration window is not one calendar year but rather a rolling 12-month period. Here's what you should know about when Spirit Airlines points expire and how to ensure you don't lose yours.

Related: Complete Guide to the Free Spirit Program from Spirit Airlines

Exceptions to the Free Spirit Expiration Policy

The 12-month expiration rule is waived for those with a Spirit Airlines credit card. If you have one of these four co-branded cards, your Free Spirit points won't expire, regardless of your earning and redeeming activities:

  • Free Spirit® Travel Mastercard®
  • Free Spirit® Travel More MasterCard®
  • Free Spirit® Points Mastercard®
  • Free Spirit® Points Plus Mastercard®
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How To Ensure Your Free Spirit Points Don’t Expire

You can keep your points alive by earning or redeeming points with Spirit Airlines in any of the following ways.

Ways to earn Free Spirit points

Unfortunately, you can't transfer points to Free Spirit from bank rewards programs like American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards. However, you can top up your points by transferring from Choice Privileges to Free Spirit at a 5:1 ratio.

keep your Spirit points from expiring by earning miles through the Free Spirit Dining program

Ways to redeem Free Spirit points

  • Redeem your points for Spirit Airlines flights
  • Redeem your points for retail purchases and services with select partners.

Unlike most airlines, Spirit does not have a limited number of award seats. Instead, you can book any seat on any flight using your points with no blackout dates. Award prices start at 2,500 points and vary based on demand.

Related: Five Unspoken Tips for Flying Spirit Airlines

Our Take

When it comes to low-cost carriers, Spirit Airlines is one of the best. Although the airline's loyalty program is limited (compared to legacy carriers), it is generous with awards. Members can book any seat on any Spirit flight using their points. Couple that with a wide range of options to earn points, and it is clear why the Free Spirit Program is an excellent option for those who love a cheap flight.

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  • Shirley J says:

    The only times it is worth doing one of those surveys that some of these programs have is if there is a bonus for completing the first survey, or if you need activity to keep points or miles from expiring.

  • angelo fonseca says:

    It looks like the dynamics of American Airlines, but with a slightly shorter term of 12 months.

  • I think it’s so outdated to have a programme where by the miles expire at all never mind so soon

  • Big improvement over their basically useless old program, but still not good enough. Points should never expire on any airline or hotel….love Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and all the others that don’t allow points to expire.

  • Maybe someday if they offer a direct flight where I need to go and I don’t need bags, I’ll give them a shot. In the world of miles never expiring being the up and coming thing, 12 months is just too ridiculously low. At least do 24 months.

  • 12 months no surprise for spirit. Surprised they don’t expire immediately after you get them!

  • Before covid-19 I flew Spirit about twice a year, which meant my points would expire before the next flight. And not so long ago, account activity did NOT renew the expiration date on prior points. So the new program is a HUGE improvement, as now I can build a balance. Also just got the annual fee-Free Spirit Mastercard to make sure the points stay alive for the rare occasion when Spirit prices might spike right when I want to fly somewhere they fly. Furthermore, with Chase’s new policy effective March 31, 2021 of no longer awarding Ultimate Rewards for “cash-like” transactions including Venmo, Travelex, etc, on their Visa Sapphire, Freedom, Ink, etc. cards, now I can at least earn Free Spirit miles on those kinds of transactions using the Free Spirit Mastercard in cases where American Express is not accepted.

  • que bueno, que se puedan mantener las millas , que no caduquen,; con esto de la pandemia no he podido viajar .

  • This new program is one hundred times better than the old one although would like to see that 12 months expiration moved to at least 18 months. The old program with points expiring after 90 days never made sense.

  • I have nothing against Spirit and my experience flying them was positive because I knew what I was buying, however, their limited route structure and their lack of interline agreements make them for me, not worth the time or diverting the spend from other programs. For those who live near an airport serve by spirit and enjoy going to their mostly vacation destinations, the new program is a huge improvement as long as you realize they are limitations.

  • Nothing different from the rest of the frequent flyer programs. You need to earn to avoid losing miles.