How To Keep your Airline Miles From Expiring Without Flying!

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Airline Miles Expiration

Readers often ask how to keep their airline miles active if they don’t fly on a particular airline.  Miles expire in most US based airline program after 18 months of no earning or redemption activity.  Award Wallet is a good tool to track your miles and points balances and expiration dates.

AirlineExpiration Policy
Alaska Airlines24 months of no earning or spending miles
American Airlines18 months of no earning or spending miles
British Airways36 months of no earning or spending miles
DeltaMiles Never Expire
Frontier Airlines18 months of no earning miles
Hawaiian Airlines 18 months of no earning or spending miles
Southwest24 months of no earning or spending miles
United18 months of no earning or spending miles
US Airways18 months of no earning or spending miles

But it is really, really easy to keep your miles active WITHOUT flying!

Sometimes, all you need to do is earn or redeem 1 mile to reset the mile expiration clock.  You can easily do this by buying a $1 iTune, making a $1 donation from the airline’s online shopping mall, downloading the airlines’ shopping toolbar and making a few searches, or using a credit card to keep your miles active!

1.   Alaska Airlines

Link:  Alaska Airlines

Expiration Policy:

1.  Keep Your Alaska Airlines Miles Active By Earning Miles

2.  Keep Your Alaska Airlines Miles Active By Redeeming Miles

 

2.   American Airlines

Link:  American Airlines

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Expiration Policy

1.  Keep Your American Airlines Miles Active By Earning Miles

2. Keep Your American Airlines Miles Active By Redeeming Miles

 

3.   British Airways

Link:  British Airways


Expiration Policy

1.   Keep Your Avios Points Active By Earning Points

2.   Keep Your Avios Points Active By Redeeming Points

  • Book an award ticket or redeem for car rentals or hotel stays
  • Book and cancel an Avios award ticket for FREE if you are a gold elite member


 

4.   Delta

Link:  Delta


Expiration Policy

 

5.   Frontier Airlines

Link:  Frontier Airlines

Expiration Policy

This means that redeeming Frontier miles doesn’t extend the life of the miles.

Keep Your Frontier Miles Active By Earning Miles

6.   Hawaiian Airlines

 Link:  Hawaiian Airlines

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Expiration Policy

1.   Keep Your Hawaiian Airlines Miles Active

7.   Southwest Airlines

Link:  Southwest Airlines


Expiration Policy

1.   Keep Your Southwest Points Active By Earning Points

8.   United Airlines

Link:  United Airlines


Expiration Policy

1.   Keep Your United Miles Active By Earning Miles

2.   Keep Your United Miles Active By Redeeming Miles:

 

 9.   US Airways

Link:  US Airways


Expiration Policy

1.   Keep Your US Air Miles Active By Earning Miles

2.  Keep Your US Air Miles Active By Redeeming Miles:

 

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101 responses to “How To Keep your Airline Miles From Expiring Without Flying!

  1. Derek Vieira

    Hello – Frontier rewards only good for 6 months after no activity. I cancelled my Frontier CC and I called the Frontier Rewards program to double check the expiration date with no activity. I was told rewards expire 6 months after no activity.

    Thanks!

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