When Do My Miles Or Points Expire?

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-Airline/Hotel credit cards where the points are deposited monthly into your airline/hotel account remain, even if the card is no longer active, are subject to the normal expiration dates listed in the chart below.
You will not instantly lose any earned Hyatt/Starwood/American/BA/Delta/Southwest/United/etc. points just for closing their credit card. Some representatives use scare tactics and say 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.

Below is a chart of 30 programs where you can easily see when your airline miles and hotel points will expire as well as where you can transfer points from which usually will extend the life of your points and miles.

See the chart and more info after the jump…

For example if you have a Chase Freedom card and a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you can move your Sapphire Preferred points over to your Freedom card and close the Sapphire Preferred card and not lose any points. Or you can downgrade your Sapphire Preferred card to Freedom and keep the points alive that way. Or you can transfer the points on the Sapphire Preferred card to programs like United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean, or Hyatt.
If you close or downgrade the Sapphire Preferred card you will retain the remaining points with your no annual fee Freedom card (or no annual fee Ink Cash card), but you will no longer be able to transfer the points to airlines/hotels.
However if you have or if you open another Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus card , or Ink Bold card in the future you will once again be able to transfer all of your points to airlines/hotels.
Another option would be transfer the points to your spouse if they have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus card to transfer the points to a airline/hotel program in the future when you decide which program to transfer to.

Airline/HotelMileage TransferabilityAllianceExpiration
ANAAMEX 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
AeroflotMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamYou must earn 1 mile every 24 months from a paid flight to extend the validity of your miles.
AegeanMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceYou must earn 1 mile every 60 months from a paid flight to extend the validity of your miles.
Aer LingusAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Chase 1K:1K (Instant)
None, but partners with select airlines like BA, Etihad, and UnitedYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 36 months to extend the validity of your miles.
AeroMexicoAMEX 1K:1.6K

Barclays 1.4K:1K

Capital One 2K:1.5K (Instant)

Citi 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamYou must earn 1 mile every 24 months to extend the validity of your miles.
Air Canada AeroplanAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Barclays 1.7K:1K

Capital One 2K:1.5K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 18 months to extend the validity of your miles.

Accounts belonging to minors under 18 are exempt from the expiry policy until they turn 18.
Air ChinaMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire on 12/31 that occurs more than 24 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
Air France/KLM Flying BlueAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Barclays 1.4K:1K

Capital One 2K:1.5K (Instant)

Chase 1K:1K (Instant)

Citi 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamYou must earn 1 mile every 24 months to extend the validity of your miles.
Air New ZealandMarriott 60K:375

Marriott 330K:1,500+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire on account signup anniversary that is at least 48 months from when miles were earned, regardless of activity.
Alaska Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
None, but partners with select airlines like AA, BA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Korean, Qantas, and SingaporeYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 24 months to extend the validity of your miles.
AlitaliaAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Capital One 2K:1.5K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamAll miles expire annually on 1/31, regardless of activity.
AmericanMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
OneWorldYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 18 months to extend the validity of your miles.
Accounts belonging to minors under 21 are exempt from the expiry policy until they turn 21.
AsianaMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire after 10 years, regardless of activity.
Avianca LifemilesAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Capital One 2K:1.5K (Instant)

Citi 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles earned before 4/15/18: You must redeem or earn 1 mile every 24 months to extend the validity of your miles.

Miles earned on or after 4/15/18: You must earn 1 mile every 12 months to extend the validity of your miles.
British AirwaysAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Chase 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
OneWorldYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 36 months to extend the validity of your miles.
Cathay Pacific Asia MilesAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Capital One 2K:1.5K

Citi 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
OneWorldMiles earned through 12/31/19 expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.

Miles earned as of 1/1/20 will no longer expire as long as you earn or redeem 1 mile every 18 months to extend the validity of your miles.
China EasternBarclays 1.4K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamMiles expire on 12/31 that occurs more than 36 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
China SouthernMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
CopaMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 24 months to extend the validity of your miles.
DeltaAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamNo Expiration.
EVABarclays 1.4K:1K

Capital One 2K:1.5K

Citi 1K:1K
Star AllianceMiles expire at the end of the 36th month after they were earned, regardless of activity.
El AlAMEX 1,000:20 (Instant)None, but partners with Qantas when they feel like not blocking award space.Miles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
EmiratesAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Capital One 2K:1K (Instant)

Chase 1K:1K (Instant)

Citi 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
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 1K:1K (Instant)

Barclays 1.4K:1K

Capital One 2K:1.5K

Citi 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
None, but partners with select airlines like ANA, American, Brussels, and Korean.You must redeem or earn 1 mile every 18 months to extend the validity of your miles.
FinnairCapital One 2K:1.5K (Instant)OneWorldYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 18 months to extend the validity of your miles.
FrontierMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
NoneYou must earn 1 mile every 6 months to extend the validity of your miles.
Garuda NoneSkyteamMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
GOL/VarigMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
None, but partners with select airlines like Delta.Miles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
HainanCapital One 2K:1.5K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
NoneYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 24 months to extend the validity of your miles.
HawaiianAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
None, but partners with several airlines.You must redeem or earn 1 mile every 18 months to extend the validity of your miles.
IberiaAMEX 1K:1K

Chase 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
OneWorldYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 36 months to extend the validity of your miles.
JALBarclays 1.7K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
OneWorldMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
Jet AirwaysBarclays 1.4K:1K

Citi 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
None, but partners with select airlines like United.Miles expire at the end of each quarter, 3 years after they were earned, regardless of activity.
JetblueAMEX 250:200 (Instant)

Capital One 2K:1.5K (Instant)

Chase 1K:1K (Instant)

Citi 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:12.5K

Marriott 330K:50K+ 7 Marriott nights
NoneNo Expiration.
Korean Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamMiles expire after 10 years, regardless of activity.
LATAMMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
NoneYou must earn 1 mile every 36 months from a paid LATAM flight to extend the validity of your miles.
Lufthansa Miles & MoreMarriott 60K:25K (Temporarily unavailable)

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights (Temporarily unavailable)
Star AllianceMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.

If you have a Miles & More credit card and use it monthly, then your miles will not expire.

If you have Miles & More elite status miles will not expire.
MalaysiaBarclays 1.4K:1K

Citi 1K:1K
OneWorldMiles expire at the end of the 36th month after they were earned, regardless of activity.
QantasAMEX 500:500 (Instant)

Barclays 1.4K:1K

Capital One 2K:1.5K

Citi 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
OneWorldYou must redeem or earn 1 mile every 18 months to extend the validity of your miles.
QatarCapital One 2K:1.5K

Citi 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
OneWorldMiles expire on 06/30 or 12/31 that occurs more than 36 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
SaudiaMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
SkyteamMiles expire on 12/31 that occurs more than 36 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
SingaporeAMEX 1K:1K

Capital One 2K:1K

Chase 1K:1K

Citi 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights

Virgin Australia
1.55K:1K
Star AllianceMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
South AfricanMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
SouthwestChase 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
NoneNo Expiration.
SpiritNoneNone You must earn 1 mile every 3 months to extend the validity of your miles.
TAPMarriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire after 36 months, regardless of activity.
ThaiCiti 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire after at the end of each quarter, 3 years after they were earned, regardless of activity.
TurkishCiti 1K:1K

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceMiles expire on 12/31 that occurs more than 36 months after they were earned, regardless of activity.
United Chase 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:27.5K

Marriott 330K:110K+ 7 Marriott nights
Star AllianceNo Expiration.
Virgin AtlanticAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Chase 1K:1K (Instant)

Citi 1K:1K (Instant)

Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights
None, but partners with select airlines like ANA, Delta, and Singapore.No Expiration.
Virgin Australia Marriott 60K:25K

Marriott 330K:100K+ 7 Marriott nights

Singapore 1.55K:1K
None, but partners with select airlines like Delta, Etihad, and Singapore.You must redeem or earn 1 mile every 24 months to extend the validity of your miles.
AccorCapital One 2K:1K-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 12 months to extend the validity of your points.
Choice PrivilegesAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 18 months to extend the validity of your points.
Club CarlsonNone-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 24 months to extend the validity of your points.
HiltonAMEX 1K:2K (Instant)

Chase via Virgin Atlantic 1K:1.5K

Citi TY via Virgin Atlantic: 1K:1.5K

Marriott via Virgin Atlantic 60K:37.5K
-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 12 months to extend the validity of your points.
Hyatt Chase 1K:1K (Instant)-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 24 months to extend the validity of your points.
IHGChase 1K:1K (Instant)-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 12 months to extend the validity of your points.
MarriottAMEX 1K:1K (Instant)

Chase UR 1K:1K
-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 24 months to extend the validity of your points.

Note that transferring points and social media points do not count as activity.
WyndhamCapital One 2K:1.5K-You must redeem or earn 1 point every 18 months to extend the validity of your points.
Additionally, all points expire 4 years from when they're earned regardless of activity.

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22 Comments On "When Do My Miles Or Points Expire?"

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menachem_m

Although it might be obvious, you have to spend on the United card at least a $1 for it to not expire. CMIIW.

Dan

@menachem_m:
You are wrong.

menachem_m

I hope I am :), but I have the Explorer card and I still have an expiration date. What gives?

Dan

@menachem_m:
Hover over the “mileage expiration” for the explanation.

david

Is it safe in ur opinion to let few hundred thousand UR points just sit in chase account for long time like 2 yrs or wouldu say rather use it asap or dont make so much or open more cards if points not needed anytime soon

Ushdadude

I use awardwallet.com to keep track of my points and it actually tells you when your points will expire. It doesn’t work with every program though.

Loosing Points

I had a chase sapphire preferred credit card with some 200K+ points on it, but chase closed down my account. According to chase my points are lost. would anyone know if there is a way to retrieve these reward points?

Mark

Do my club carlson points expire? Thanks.

faigy

I have the amex PRG the annual fee is coming up soon. I wantto close the card. Does that mean I will loose the points unless I sell them or transfer them? I also have the SPG card

us

if i have a downgraded version on united card that has no annual fee (very old) will they expire?

Davidd

Dan you mentioned before you would consider an ANA flight search on United flights to Israel post. Please Dan can you make such a post?

CHAIM999

When dos Miles $ More exp. after closing the miles and more CC

menachem

I have 50,000 b.a avios. Is there a way for me to transfer those into Chase u.r points? (I obviously know you can transfer chase u.r to b.a avios)

RH

@faigy

You will not lose the SPG points. As soon as they are earned they are disconnected from the card. They are Starwood points, not Amex points. You are better off converting your card to no fee card and keeping the credit line, rather than closing it.

RH

@faigy

The PRG card earns MR points and you will lose them unless you have another MR earning card. If you dont, you can convert the SPG to a no fee Blue card that earns MR points, then close the PRG card and the points wont be lost.

I LOVE FREE STUFF!!

I’ve got 30k united miles set to expire the end of November..what is the cheapest way to extend the expiration date?

intgesh

Does anyone know about Hertz points- if/when they expire?

Stu

If points are going to expire, do you have any suggestions as to how to sell the points and which company you prefer?

miles

Matmid told me even points transfer’d from amex does expire

David R

Update for Frontier:
Beginning March 7, 2015, you’ll need to earn miles using your EarlyReturns account every six months in order to keep the miles that are currently in your account.

Moishy BP

I don’t really know where to turn, I realized too late that 40K United points expired,
Anything I can do about it?

updated?

is this up to date?

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