Home Points & Miles Changes To Airline Point Expiration Policies Now That People Are Traveling Again (Updated 6/2021)

Changes To Airline Point Expiration Policies Now That People Are Traveling Again (Updated 6/2021)

by joeheg

It’s challenging to remember the mileage expiration policies of airline miles before coronavirus. Airlines have announced and re-announced when they’ll resume calling accounts inactive and remove all of the miles. American Airlines has already done so once and then backtracked on that decision. Here’s a reminder of the current coronavirus waivers and when they’re due to expire.

Several airlines have miles that do not expire:

  • Delta
  • Hawaiian (a new member of this club since April 2021)
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest
  • United

Here are the other U.S. airlines’ mileage expiration policies, from the shortest to the longest, as well as what changes, if any, they’ve made to their point expiration rules.

ALLEGIANT AIR – myAllegiant Rewards

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The only way to earn miles in the myAllegiant Rewards program is to have their credit card. Canceling the card forfeits all remaining miles in your account. So I guess you can say there is no expiration policy or that the miles instantly expire.

Because of this, Allegiant hasn’t announced any extension to the expiration of myAllegiant Rewards points.

FRONTIER AIRLINES – Frontier Miles

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To keep your Frontier Miles active, you usually needed to earn miles every six months. During the coronavirus epidemic, they sent an email to Frontier Miles members saying that accounts set to expire on or before April 30, 2020, would remain active. According to the Frontier website, members will be given a 90-day notice before resuming the expiration of miles.

In response to COVID-19 FRONTIER Milesexpiration is paused. We will send a 90-day communication to all members with miles before resuming expirations. Once miles expiration resumes and if you do not have any accrual activity to extend your expiration date your miles will expire.

SPIRIT AIRLINES – Free Spirit

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Spirit has made some customer-friendly changes to the Free Spirit program since the beginning of the pandemic. Previously you needed to fly with them once every THREE MONTHS but now that’s been increased to a more reasonable 12 months. In addition, cardholders of the Spirit co-brand credit card miles never expire as long as your account is open.

AMERICAN AIRLINES – Aadvantage

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To keep your Aadvantage miles active, you need to earn or redeem miles at least once every 18 months.

American has just announced that they’ve extended the pause of expiration of miles until the end of 2021.

You’ve worked hard to earn your AAdvantage® miles, and we recognize you may need more time than usual to keep them active. We’ve paused the expiration of miles through December 31, 2021. If your miles are scheduled to expire on or before December 31, 2021, they will now expire in January 2022, if there’s no additional activity in your account before then. You can find the expiration date of your miles in the Wallet section of your AAdvantage® account.

ALASKA AIRLINES – Mileage Plan

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To keep your account active, you need to have activity in it every 2 years, either by earning or redeeming miles. Doing so will prevent your miles from being removed from your account.

With a generous policy in effect under normal circumstances, Alaska didn’t make any changes to its expiration policy due to coronavirus.

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES – Sun Country Rewards

Sun Country has the most lenient expiration policy, except for those airlines whose miles do not expire. You don’t even need to have enough points for a free flight as you can use points to pay for part of a ticket or baggage fees or seat assignments.

However, points in the program expire 36 months after they are earned, regardless of more recent account activity. Therefore, no changes to this policy have been made.

Yes, but only 36 months after the date they were earned. Remember, you don’t need to acquire enough points to pay for an entire trip, you can combine them with dollars to pay or you can use them for bag options or seat selections.

Final Thoughts

The airline’s response to extending the expiration dates on miles has been a mixed bag. Some of the most restrictive programs have been rather lenient, while the more generous airlines didn’t make any changes to their policies.

The biggest change that has carried over through the pandemic has been for programs like United and Hawaiian ditching their points expiration policies.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

1 comment

Ghostrider5408 June 12, 2021 - 4:00 pm

How about for hotel points any guidance there? Good post thank you

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