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credit cards where the points are deposited monthly into your airline/hotel account remain, even if the card is no longer active, are subject to the normal expiration dates listed in the chart below.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.

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.
AviancaStarwood 20K:25KStar AllianceNo expiration as long as you redeem or earn at least 1 mile every 24 months.
British AirwaysAMEX MR 250:250

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 250:250

Starwood 20K:25K
OneWorldNo 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.
LATAMStarwood 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 200:100None, 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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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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