The Secret to Instantly Keep Your Southwest Points From Expiring!

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The Secret to Instantly Keep Your Southwest Points From Expiring!

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One of the most frustrating situations for a miles and points enthusiast is finding out your miles or points expired.  Some miles, like Delta miles, never expire.  But most of them will expire after a certain period of inactivity.

Luckily, what counts as activity goes far beyond actually traveling.  So keeping your points alive might be easier than you think!

The Secret To Instantly Keep Your Southwest Points From Expiring
Folks Love Southwest for Their Great Customer Service and No Blackout Dates on Award Flights! But Your Southwest Points Will Expire After 24 Months of Inactivity

Million Mile Secret Agent Suzy commented:

Does transferring points to Southwest from Chase Ultimate Rewards reset the expiration clock so you won’t lose your points in 2 years?

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest will reset the expiration date of your Southwest points, Suzy.  Because Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfers to Southwest are instant, this is the quickest way to extend the life of your Southwest points.

How to Keep Your Airline Miles From Expiring

There are certain activities, like redeeming Southwest points, which will NOT reset your expiration date.  But depending on how soon your points expire, there are lots of ways to keep your points from disappearing.

These ways for extending the life of your Southwest points will work for most other airline miles too!

1.   Purchase Points

Link:   Buy Southwest Points

If your Southwest points are expiring soon, this is a fast way to keep them alive.  But you will have to purchase a minimum of 2,000 Southwest points, which costs $60.

If you have a lot of points expiring soon and don’t have any points to transfer into your Southwest account, this could be worth it.  The terms say it will take 72 hours (3 days) to post.

Note:   If you purchase Southwest points as a gift for someone else it will NOT reset your expiration date.  But it will reset the expiration date for the recipient of the gifted Southwest points.

2.   Shopping Portal

Link:   New Trick for Earning Southwest Points Shopping Online!

Earn Southwest points for the purchases you were going to make anyway with the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal.

The Secret To Instantly Keep Your Southwest Points From Expiring
Do Your Online Shopping Through the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal and Earn Extra Points at Stores Like Staples

But these points will generally take 6 to 8 weeks to post to your account.  So if your Southwest points are expiring in the next 2 months, this might be a riskier option.

3.   Get Rewarded for Dining

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining

If you sign-up for Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining, you can earn extra Southwest points for eating out.  You can enroll up to 12 credit or debit cards with the program.  To earn the Southwest points, you’ll need to make a qualified purchase at an eligible restaurant with an enrolled card.

You’ll earn 3 Southwest points per $1 in qualified purchases if you sign-up to receive emails.  And earn extra bonuses for accumulating certain amounts of points or reviewing the restaurants you dine at.

The points should post to your account within 6 weeks.

4.   Fly With Southwest or Collect Points Any Way You Can!

Flying on Southwest is always an option, because Southwest often has great fare sales.  Southwest points usually post to your account within 1 to 3 days of completing your flight.

Also, you could get the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card and make a purchase.  Because when you accrue points into your Southwest account, it extends their expiration date.

Bottom Line

Southwest points expire after 24 months without qualifying activity.  The quickest and easiest way to reset your expiration date is by transferring points to your account.  You could transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points (which transfer instantly!) or certain hotel points.

Earning or purchasing Southwest points will also reset your expiration date!  And there are lots of other ways to quickly earn Southwest points.  But some activities, like redeeming your Southwest points, will NOT keep your points from expiring.

I hope you find a good use for all those Southwest points you’ll be saving, Suzy!

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Well, this post came a little too late for me. I didn’t realize until I read it here that SW RR points expiry does not get reset when you redeem them for flights, so points that I thought were good until the middle of 2018 expired about 5 months ago. Any thoughts on being able to reclaim expired points?

Million Mile Secrets

Ugh, that’s frustrating. I would call Southwest and see if you can have the points reinstated. Most folks on FlyerTalk didn’t seem to have much luck getting them back, but it’s worth a shot.

Great article . Thanks and Happy New Year !

Million Mile Secrets

Thank you! And a happy new year to you!