How To Keep your Airline Miles From Expiring Without Flying!

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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:

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Hello! We have the old Chase Ink Bold business card (no fee) and a newer ($95) Chase Ink Business. They are different for businesses, but we usually use the no fee one for both. I’m wanting to cancel the fee Ink.
They no longer issue the original Ink Bold. What are the chances Chase will do away with the existing cards?

Hello, this is an older post. I was just wondering if all of these criteria still apply from 3.5 years ago. Specifically relating to United. Does anyone know? Mr. Million Mile Secrets?

you mention for southwest you can transfer points from Wyndham but they no longer have a relationship unless I am wrong?

can i still activate expired reward miles after 2 years ? is the $ 50 option still available ? my reward expired some time in 2015

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