Mileage Expiration And Points Transfer Chart For 54 Loyalty Programs, How To Keep Your Points From Expiring, And How To Bring Them Back To Life After They’ve Expired

Update: This post has been updated with the current expiration policies and transfer rates for every transferable mileage currency.


Originally posted on 02/18/15:

Expiration of credit card points:

-Points earned from an airline or hotel credit card, where the points are deposited monthly into your airline/hotel account, are not forfeited by closing the card.  The points are subject to the normal expiration dates listed in the chart below. Some representatives use scare tactics and say that all of your points or tickets will be lost if you cancel the card, but it’s just misinformation.

-Proprietary credit card point programs (American Express Membership Rewards, Barclays Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards) do not expire as long as you keep at least one card open that is enrolled in their respective program.  Some programs store points individually under each card account, so be sure to transfer points from that card account to another account before cancelling that card. If you do accidentally close a card before moving the points to another card you can try reactivating the card, moving the points over, and cancelling the card once again.

Keeping points alive:

There are a thousands of ways to generate activity to keep points alive.  One easy way is by redeeming a few hundred miles for a magazine subscription. Redeeming miles is safer than the various methods of earning miles as point earnings don’t always post and it can turn into a fight in case your account expires. But as with everything else in life when you’re paying for something you can be sure that it will always post without any fighting required :D

There are actually get some pretty sweet deals, like The Economist for 3,200 miles. Delta miles don’t require activity, but still 3,200 Delta “Skypesos” for a year of The Economist isn’t bad at all!

MagsForMiles offers redemption options for Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Spirit, and United
-Newspaper Rewards offers newspaper redemption options for Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, and United
-Points.com Alaska Magazine Offers
-Points.com American Magazine Offers
-Points.com Delta Magazine Offers
-Points.com JetBlue Magazine Offers
-MagazineRewards United Magazines Offers

United’s MileagePlus X app allows you to earn miles when buying gift cards and it also a good way to renew miles.

Just having a Chase United Explorer card miles United miles never expire for as long you remain a cardholder.

If you have transferable points you can move points from AMEX, Chase, Citi, or Starwood to an airline to keep your entire account alive.  Note that some airlines (like American) require the name on the Starwood account to match the name on the American account.  You can transfer Starpoints to anyone living at the same address and from there transfer points to an airline.  If your Starpoints themselves are expiring, all you need to do is make a simple transfer from you to your spouse or someone else living at your address and that counts as activity that will keep both of your accounts alive for another 18 months.

Some people have also had success booking an award flight to hotel stay to extend the validity of their points and then cancelling it after the points have been deducted. Others have said that it’s not a foolproof system and the old expiration may still be in force.

Personally I booked an IHG points stay and then cancelled it and it did extend the points expiration date for another 12 months.

Note that cancellation policies vary by airline.  American doesn’t allow free cancellations on awards even within 24 hours. United allows 24 hours to cancel for free. British Airways only charges the lessor of taxes of $55 after 24 hours, so a one-way domestic flight cancellation after 24 hours would only cost you $5.60.

 

Reactivating expired miles:

I have saved the miles of family members and close friends by crediting past car rentals towards their airline mileage accounts.  Most car rentals earn a nominal amount of airline miles, but you can call the car rental company to credit anyone’s airline mileage account up to a year after the car rental.  If someone lost their miles 6 months ago you would have to locate a car rental from more than 6 months ago, but less than 12 months ago.  Shortly after the miles post to their account it should automatically reactivate all of their miles retroactively to the date of the car rental.  Just don’t forget to add new activity to prevent that from happening again!

There’s even a market for old car rental credits on DDF.

The same process would work for past hotel stays or other activities that can be credited towards airline miles.

Some airlines, like British Airways, will actually reinstate miles for free and give you 3 additional months to use or redeem some miles to keep your account alive for another 3 years.

Other airlines like United and American will charge to reactivate miles, but those are often worthwhile if you don’t have any other avenues. American also has a unique challenge that I wrote about over 5 years ago that allows you to reactivate miles by completing tasks like opening a credit card or flying on a paid AA flight. Since then they’ve added a small fee to take that challenge, but it should be much cheaper than paying to reactivate the miles outright.

Mileage expiration policies:

View the complete 54 program chart after the jump:

 

AirlineMileage TransfersAllianceExpiration
ANAAMEX MR 1K:1K.

Starwood 20K:25K
Star AllianceMiles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
AegeanStarwood 20K:25KStar AllianceNo expiration as long as you credit one flight to Aegean every 24 months.
AeroMexicoAMEX MR 1K:1K.

Starwood 20K:25K
SkyteamMiles expire if you don't earn new miles every 24 months.
Air BerlinStarwood 20K:25KOneWorldMiles expire after at the end of each quarter, 3 years after they were earned, regardless of activity.
Air CanadaAMEX MR 1K:1K.

Starwood 20K:25K
Star AllianceYou must redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 12 months or account will expire.

Accounts belonging to minors under 18 are exempt from the expiry policy until they turn 18.
Air ChinaStarwood 20K:25KStar AllianceMiles expire on 12/31 that occurs more than 24 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
Air New ZealandStarwood 20K:385Star AllianceMiles expire on account signup anniversary that is at least 48 months from when miles were earned, regardless of activity.
Alaska Starwood 20K:25KNone, but partners with select airlines from OneWorld and Skyteam.No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 24 months.
AlitaliaAMEX MR 1K:1K.

Starwood 20K:25K
SkyteamNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 24 months.
AmericanStarwood 20K:25KOneWorldNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 18 months.
AsianaStarwood 20K:25KStar AllianceMiles expire after 10 years regardless of activity.
AviancaNoneStar AllianceNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 24 months.
British AirwaysAMEX MR 250:200

Chase UR 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
OneWorldNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 36 months.
Cathay PacificAMEX MR 1K:1K.

Citi TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
OneWorldMiles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
China EasternStarwood 20K:25KSkyteamMiles expire on 12/31 that occurs more than 36 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
China SouthernStarwood 20K:25KSkyteamMiles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
DeltaAMEX MR 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
SkyteamNo Expiration.
EVACiti TY: 1K:1KStar AllianceMiles expire at the end of the 36th month after they were earned, regardless of activity.
El AlAMEX MR 1,000:20None.All points earned after 02/09/15 expire after 3 years regardless of activity.
Non-flight point transfers from 02/09/15 and earlier never expire.
EmiratesAMEX MR 1K:1K.

Starwood 20K:25K
None, but partners with select airlines like Alaska, JAL, and KoreanMiles expire after 3 years (at the end of your birth month) regardless of activity.
EtihadAMEX MR 1K:1K.

Citi TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
None, but partners with select airlines like American.Miles expire 24 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)AMEX MR 1K:1K

Chase UR 1K:1K

Citi TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
SkyteamMiles expire after 20 months unless you fly on a paid mileage accruing Skyteam flight and credit the miles to Flying Blue.
FrontierNone.NoneMiles expire if you don't earn new miles every 6 months.
Garuda Citi TY: 1K:1KSkyteamMiles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
GOLStarwood 20K:12.5KNone, but partners with select airlines like Delta.Miles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
HainanStarwood 20K:25KNoneNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 24 months.
HawaiianAMEX MR 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
None, but partners with several airlines.No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 18 months.
IberiaAMEX MR 250:200OneWorldNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 36 months.
JALStarwood 20K:25KOneWorldMiles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
Jet AirwaysStarwood 20K:25KNone, but partners with select airlines like United.Miles expire after at the end of each quarter, 3 years after they were earned, regardless of activity.
JetblueAMEX MR 250:200NoneNo Expiration.
Korean Chase UR 1K:1K
SkyteamMiles expire after 10 years regardless of activity.
LANStarwood 20K:37.5K
OneWorldMiles expire after 36 months and are only renewable by taking a paid LAN flight.
MalaysiaCiti TY: 1K:1KOneWorldMiles expire at the end of the 36th month after they were earned, regardless of activity.
Miles & More (Lufthansa/Swiss, etc)Starwood 20K:25KStar AllianceMiles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
Miles & More cardholder's miles do not expire if they maintain card activity.
QantasCiti TY: 1K:1KOneWorldNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 18 months.
QatarCiti TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
OneWorldMiles expire on 06/30 or 12/31 that occurs more than 36 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
SaudiaStarwood 20K:25KSkyteamMiles expire on 12/31 that occurs more than 36 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
SingaporeAMEX MR 1K:1K

Chase UR 1K:1K

Citi TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
Star AllianceMiles expire after 36 months regardless of activity.
SouthwestChase UR 1K:1KNoneNo expiration as long as you earn at least 1 mile every 24 months.
SpiritNoneNoneMiles expire if you don't earn new miles every 3 months.
ThaiCiti TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
Star AllianceMiles expire after at the end of each quarter, 3 years after they were earned, regardless of activity.
United Chase UR 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:12.5K
Star AllianceNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 18 months. If you have the United Explorer or Club credit card miles will never expire.
Virgin AmericaAMEX MR 200:100

Starwood 20K:25K
None, but partners with select airlines.No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 18 months.
Virgin AtlanticAMEX MR 1K:1K

Chase UR 1K:1K

Citi TY: 1K:1K

Starwood 20K:25K
None, but partners with several airlines.No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 36 months.
Virgin Australia Starwood 20K:25KNone, but partners with select airlines.No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 36 months.
Best WesternAMEX MR 1K:1K-No Expiration for residents of North America, Central America, South America, Asia and South Africa
Choice PrivilegesAMEX MR 1K:1K-Points expire on 12/31, 2 years after points were earned.
Club CarlsonNone-No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 point every 24 months.
HiltonAMEX MR 1K:1.5K

Chase UR via Virgin Atlantic 1K:1.5K

Citi TY: 1K:1.5K

Starwood via Virgin Atlantic 20K:37.5K
-No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 point every 12 months.
Hyatt Chase UR 1K:1K-No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 point every 24 months.
IHGChase UR 1K:1K-No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 point every 12 months.
Marriott Chase UR 1K:1K-No expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 point every 24 months.
Starwood AMEX MR 1K:333-No expiration currently enforced as long as you redeem, earn, or transfer at least 1 point every 18 months (12 months stated policy plus 6 months grace period)
Points can be reactivated if you call and ask nicely 🙂

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93 Responses to “Mileage Expiration And Points Transfer Chart For 54 Loyalty Programs, How To Keep Your Points From Expiring, And How To Bring Them Back To Life After They’ve Expired”

  1. Mike Says:
    1

    I have chase points and want to get Starwood instead. Anyway I can do that?

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  2. ur to sw? Says:
    2

    Will a 1k UR transfer extend the expiration immediately for Southwest?

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  3. Dan Says:
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    @Mike:
    Sure, open a Starwood card and start earning Starpoints.

    No, Chase points do not transfer to Starwood.

    @ur to sw?:
    Sure.

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  4. Anonymous Says:
    4

    enterprise told me they don’t participate with Frequent flyer accounts?

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  5. Ben Says:
    5

    @Dan should we still be calling them “Skypesos” I mean you can now get to Israel for 40K direct, and Delta doesn’t “break guitars” 😉

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  6. Dan Says:
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    @Anonymous:
    They actually do participate with some airlines, but they are one of the exceptions to the general rule (and why I said most).

    @Ben:
    Considering this bush league move they pulled, most definitely,
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61118

    They can make changes whenever they want now without even having to announce them.

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  7. Eli Says:
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    @Ben: still pesos, because flying blue is 25k. And AA doesn’t break guitars either

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  8. AN... Says:
    8

    DO ULTIMATE REWARDS EXPIRE

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  9. Sam Says:
    9

    Dan –
    My Etihad miles (2 yrs expiry time) expired, around 5000 of them. They are counting my last flight (that I took Feb 2013) accrued miles as the last activity. This is inspite of me having activity of hotel stay etc later in that year, which is still within 2 yrs. I contacted them and their response was rather stern. They said they weighed all the options and cannot re-instate the miles now. Any thoughts?

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  10. SW Says:
    10

    Does booking a SW milage ticket, then cancelling, extend the life of SW miles?

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  11. ericmedschoolgnd Says:
    11

    @Dan: i just looked at all the site .. none of the sites offer “the week” magazine.. or am i missing something.. oh well.. if you ever see a good deal lmk!

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  12. Confused Says:
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    Are SPG points really only good for 20K:12.5K united miles? This seems to be half the amount of the other airlines (20K:25K)?

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  13. Yanky Says:
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    Is there any way to get awarded for Hertz Car rental in Israel ??

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  14. Ben Says:
    14

    Personally, I see Delta seems to have improved. I recently flew with them from Tel Aviv Direct (via hidden city fare… thanks to @Dan), and it was my best direct flight ever. Also their miles program improved at lesat for the time being, which is why I sine up for the 50k offer which I got targeted for…

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  15. TS Says:
    15

    Anyone know how to keep Air Berlin miles from expiring? They emailed me with an offer to open their credit card, but I’m not sure if anyone had experience with some other method.

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  16. bracha Says:
    16

    My United miles expired in September. If anyone can help me reinstate them, I would greatly appreciate it!

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  17. Newyorkjets Says:
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    You are a GENIUS!! I found out last week my daughters 62,000 aa miles expired in October. I was davening over paying the $400 plus tax to reinstate when I saw this post. Just called hertz re rental last March. Credited rental to my daughters aa ac and should be good to go. Thank you so much!!

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  18. Yaks Says:
    18

    For ba if I book a ticket but cancel it within 24 hours (no fee but they debited the miles and then put them back in) does that work to extend it?

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  19. jerry Says:
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    Amtrak I believe that if you have their chase credit card, the miles will not expire

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  20. mark Says:
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    do points earned through shopping count?

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  21. tova Says:
    21

    i’m new at this…how can you get airline mile credit for car rentals? our AA points expired and i would be very happy if i can reactivate them through prior car rentals i just don’t get how it works! thanks for your help!!

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  22. Dan Says:
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    @AN…:
    Read the 2nd paragraph of this post.

    @Sam:
    Etihad miles expire after 3 years regardless of activity.

    @SW:
    If I had to guess I’d say that probably wouldn’t work with Southwest.

    @Confused:
    That’s correct.

    @Yanky:
    No clue, sorry.

    @Ben:
    The flights are good, their mileage program is uber shady.

    @TS:
    I don’t think there’s a way to extend them.

    @Newyorkjets:
    Congrats!

    @Yaks:
    I’d wait until after 24 hours, pay the $5.60 cancel fee and you should be good to go.

    @jerry:
    Yup.

    @mark:
    Sure.

    @tova:
    Call the car rental company.

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  23. lyla Says:
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    Dan,
    Only thank you points that are earned from a credit card do not expire. TY points that are earned from citigold, banking or sign up bonuses do expire. I should know because I had 37K ty points expire and had to beg to get them reinstated.

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  24. Dan Says:
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    @lyla:
    True, the 2nd paragraph only mentions credit card points.

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  25. DaninMCI Says:
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    @TS you can earn air berlin miles by doing hotel reviews at holiday check or by linking a sixt car rental account or by signing up for some of the various promos on the website. I would take advantage of the card also though.

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  26. Dan Says:
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    @DaninMCI:
    None of those things will stop them from expiring.

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  27. lyla Says:
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    @Dan:
    I see that now. I just didn’t want anyone to think that all ty points don’t expire at all. ty points are the only points that you mention that can be earned in multiple ways. I don’t want anyone to get burned like I did. I know ty points are for the most part useless but at least you can still get gcs with them. The singapore transfer is good only with ty points earned from cc not banking (which I have most of my points from).

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  28. chaim Says:
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    Do you have a chart showing which milage accounts can be saved by wich car rentals….
    (specifically BA)

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  29. Josh Says:
    29

    Any way to reinstate points accrued from flying on Lufthansa Miles and More once they expired?
    Would this car rental technique help for this? Again, these are points earned from flying and not from a credit card signup. TIA

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  30. Dk23 Says:
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    Is there a post or thread that discusses the most to least valuable types of miles? Might be interested in getting one of those mags that my subscription is expiring for.

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  31. Ari J Says:
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    Any nifty way to get Chase UR into AA? Can one xfer chase UR into starwood via virgin, then from starwood into AA? Is that right or is there an easier/simpler/better wsy?

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  32. Meir Says:
    32

    Any way to keep Hyatt points from expiring other than transferring in more points from chase ?

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  33. DeltaFLYR Says:
    33

    Dan,

    In the wake of all the Delta changes, you might want to reconsider your term “Skypesos” I think “Skyrubles” is more accurate. Plus, its more fun to say rubles.

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  34. rots5 Says:
    34

    Great post – thanks.

    What about Aegean

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  35. David Says:
    35

    I have some miles with Singapore Airlines. Is there a minimum number of miles that I would need to transfer in from Chase Ultimate Rewards to extend the expiration or could I simply transfer one mile?

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  36. Andrew Says:
    36

    with Aegean , one has to consider whether the points get cancelled, as well as whether the account gets cancelled for no activity. It is also relevant what tier status one has.

    I can’t imagine that Dan will be able to answer the Aegean expiration policy as it is too complicated for any mere mortal to understand.

    My situation is miles earned in April 2013, gold status earned at the same time, no travel since then and travel currently difficult (so hard to earn more miles or use the miles that i already have). Wish I understood the expiry — I would take a 23 minute flight at the last possible date if it significantly extended the expiration (but the 23 minute flight would be costly due to high fares, and I would have to take a boat back and several buses, so a whole day would be involved).

    If you can clarify Aegean expiration it would be appreciated — the Greek c.s.r. Do not understand their own program.

    Your chart above is so very very useful, thank you

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  37. Moshe Says:
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    I wanna close my Amex green because of the fee from Which hotel will I get the most out of my points

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  38. Andrew Says:
    38

    Dan, I think citi TY point to all program is 1k:1k except hilton. https://www.thankyou.com/partnerProgramsListing.jspx

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  39. chuck Says:
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    I had 30k aa points expire called and mentioned the challenge they said even if you open a new card account you need to spend 5k not just 750 is it huca or has the policy changed in the last 5 years

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  40. Aussie Says:
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    It seems that qantas is the only airline that has a decent partnership with elal -45k for direct flight. Are there any credit cards that work with them.

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  41. Bob Says:
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    Amtrak points actually expire after the account is 36 months from the last paid trip, meaning that if you don’t pay for travel and your account is 36 months old, even points transferred will be subject to expiration immediately…

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  42. rots5 Says:
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    @Andrew:

    Andrew, See, to me i would rather rack up a few useless points in order to keep my current gold status. Meaning, even if i do fly any star alliance i will put in my Number in order to get the points and keep the account active.

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  43. chaim Says:
    43

    Thanks a lot for this. Any chance to include south African airways?

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  44. Clare N Says:
    44

    @Bob:
    Amtrak points don’t expire as long as you have their credit card. I know this is true, because it has been much longer than 3 years since I have a paid trip and my points are still there.

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  45. Username Says:
    45

    When i click on the mileage posts tab, this post does not come up.

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  46. Anonymous Says:
    46

    Did any one ever get a financial review from amex if yes what triggered it know of people that spend 10 thousand dollars on business platinum and got triggered and to man additionals can also can any 1 post if they got a fr and what triggered it

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  47. Eli Says:
    47

    How do I transfer chase rewards to Hyatt? The only transfer options see is to combine points.

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  48. ExGingi Says:
    48

    @Dan: In your opinion would it be better to use 40,000 Skypesos which are already in an account + 27 in Taxes, or to Transfer 11,000 MR or TY points to top off a FlyingBlue account to get the same flight for a Total of 25,000 FlyingBlue miles +100 in Taxes and surcharges?

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  49. satatt Says:
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    any ideas on how to easily extend Hyatt or Marriott points would be welcome. they are implementing new expiration policies in beginning of 2016. thanks.

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  50. Stephen Says:
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    Just booked last minute one way return flight SFO to BDL On August 1th for only 12,500 Delta miles. Would have cost $396 if purchased. Point is they won’t get you great value for first class flights or anything but there is still pretty good redemptions to be had traveling cross country domestically. It’s not useless by any stretch of the imagination. Using Delta miles enables me to save my Star Alliance points for other flights.

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  51. yanki Says:
    51

    AAdvantage will expire even if I have a citi AA or Barclay’s AA card ?

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  52. Yaakov Says:
    52

    Anyone want to trade some Hertz (maybe some others would also work) rentals uncredited to a program? I would like to revive some United accounts. Needs to be between Aug ’14 and Apr ’15.

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  53. Yaakov Says:
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    @yanki: Yes

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  54. United Says:
    54

    @dan I got a lot of United miles that expired how can I get them back?

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  55. Dan Says:
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    @Eli:
    You need a Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus.

    @yanki:
    Yes.

    @United:
    When did they expire?

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  56. United Says:
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    @dan About 18months ago

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  57. Dan Says:
    57

    @United:
    http://www.ualmiles.com/ReinstatementMiles3.jsp

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  58. oompaloompa Says:
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    @dan If I have a small pool of Virgin America Elevate points is there anything I can do to redeem them on? I can’t seem to find a magazines portal for them… Thanks!

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  59. Doug Says:
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    @yanki: if you have either of those cards why not just make a $1 charge somewhere with it to extend the expiration? Am I missing something?

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  60. mordy Says:
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    Any way to reinstate continental/united miles that expired 2.5 years ago??

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  61. Dan's the Man Says:
    61

    What’s the expiration policy of Starwood points?

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  62. yanki Says:
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    @Doug:
    I have the card and I use it and I just wanted to know if having the card alone will not keep the points from expiring

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  63. Marky Says:
    63

    Anyone want to trade some Hertz (maybe some others would also work) rentals uncredited to a program? I would like to revive some United accounts. Needs to be between January 2014 and April 2015

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  64. Anonymous Says:
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    I am looking to retrieve my expired united miles as well. Please let me know if j can help. Ty

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  65. Anonymous Says:
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    @Yaakov:
    Can you help me as well?

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  66. Eli Says:
    66

    Hilton “Starwood via Virgin Atlantic 20K:37.5K”. how does this work?

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  67. Dan Says:
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    @Anonymous:
    @Anonymous:
    DDF thread here:
    http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=48643.0

    @Eli:
    20K Starwood transfers into 25K Virgin Atlantic.
    25K Virgin Atlantic transfers into 37.5K Hilton.

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  68. Alan Says:
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    Dear Dan:
    1. I have a grand total of 4,071 Hyatt points — which will expire in January due to inactivity.
    2. I do not want to get the Hyatt credit card this year — because I will not be able to use the 2 free nights before they expire. (Currently, I can’t travel due to illness. But I hope to travel again starting in 2017.) I am also home-bound — and can’t go to eat at a Hyatt hotel restaurant.
    3. The price that Hyatt charges to buy 1,000 points is not a good value.
    4. I can’t get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card — because I have had many more than 5 credit card applications in the last 24 months.
    5. Any suggestions as to how I can — inexpensively — keep my 4,071 Hyatt points from expiring?
    Thanks in advance!

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  69. Dan Says:
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    @Alan:
    Booking a refundable cash and points stay should extend their life, YMMV.

    Also there is no hard and fast 5 card 24 month rule, exceptions are made all the time.

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  70. steve Says:
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    i have 185K with chase and 65k with american airlines.
    How do i know when it expires?

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  71. ppm Says:
    71

    I have 21,618 united miles. They don’t let me book hotel rewards. How can I use it on hotels?

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  72. MA Says:
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    If Amer Express will not cancel my yearly fee, and i close my acct will I forfeit the bonus sign-up points? I don’t have another Amer Express except for Serve. Can I transfer the points.

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  73. Alan Says:
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    Dan — Thank you very much!!!

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  74. Moe Says:
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    Anyone know how to find cheapest rate on hotel? Priceline? Cancellation policy? Any assistance would be appreciated:)

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  75. Sam Says:
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    Any way to “revive” hilton points?

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  76. everythingjosh Says:
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    Dan, I had my wife’s southwest points accidentally expire two months ago, and had two separate rentals that I thought would work. After my account wasn’t reactivated I contacted SW, and they contacted the rental agency (Payless) to check the reservation so they could reactivate the points. They then told me that since the reservation wasn’t under her name (it was under mine), they couldn’t do anything to help… My other was with budget and that also seems to not be working. Are there any agencies which don’t require the names to match? Is this a new issue? You don’t mention anything about this issue in your post, so I’d appreciate if I could get some insight. Thanks in advance!

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  77. Max Says:
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    @Alan:
    @Dan:
    Another option for Hyatt points would be to transfer them to the Hyatt account of a close family member or friend (e.g. your spouse). If you wish, you even could arrange to transfer the points back to your personal Hyatt account at a later date to roundtrip the points. For Hyatt, transfers between accounts are free. Immediately after transferring the points to a new account, the points would reset for another 12 months. This approach should work with other travel rewards programs, though ymmv.

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  78. DanR Says:
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    Looking for receipt to re-activate my United miles that expired. I need a rental receipt from 05/31/2015 – 10/31/2015. Please PM me on DD forums (DanR) will to pay

    Thanks

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  79. YGX Says:
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    Beautiful!! Was just about to look for this this weekend. Started doing my yearly mileage refresher as part of filing my tax returns as a reminder, but haven’t had a chance to yet this year!

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  80. baglach Says:
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    How long does typ to quantas take to post?

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  81. Sol Says:
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    @Dan Hi I have expired aeroplan miles…any thing to do about that? Thanks

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  82. Andrew Says:
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    Wyndham?

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  83. Arnie Says:
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    If i want to jump from Amex to Prestige, id there a way to transfer my miles somewhere

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  84. anon Says:
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    my virgin atlantic miles expired 7 months ago
    can I reinstate them?

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  85. Shulem Says:
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    What’s the best thing to do with city thank you points? or where do they transfer the best?

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  86. swch Says:
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    Looking for receipt to reinstate my United miles that expired. I need a rental receipt from prior to 4/1/2016. Please find me on DD forums (SWCH) I am willing to pay.

    Thanks

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  87. hs Says:
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    Can I transfer points from Miles and More to Starwood and then to Delta?

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  88. nn Says:
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    Any info on Hertz? And any way to get them back?

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  89. Eli2 Says:
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    Was thinking of putting some paid flights in air Canada to Turkish because iirc they allow pooling points with family members. What’s their expiration policy?

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  90. Gart Says:
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    Great chart. The only problem with this post is that you can no longer use points for a subscription to the “The Economist”. Really bums me out.

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  91. David Says:
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    @swch, @dan

    I have a rental with rentalcar.com and they have no clue what I am talking about when I ask to add my mileage plus account number from united to the reservation. Same with Avis. Hertz says it is possible but only prior to the start of the rental. I also have a hotel reservation in Yerushalayim but they don’t know anything about it either. What am I missing??

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  92. Wingit Says:
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    I was told (by IHG?) that IHG points do not expire if you have a Chase IHG card. Can someone confirm this from personal experience?

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  93. LoLo Says:
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    Should update post that M&M needs activity on card ‘every single month’ to keep them alive.

    Lotsa people making this mistake.

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