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MMMondayMemo: Don’t let your points expire
Each Monday, Miles has decided to drop a tip, hint, tutorial, trick that maybe you’ve missed or haven’t heard before. If you’re an expert in this field, some of these may be things you already know, but there are a lot of beginners out there who are just getting their feet wet. This week’s MMMondayMemo gives you a heads up so you don’t let your points expire.
I was searching for some award avail and Aeroplan reminded me that my miles expire in April. It had totally slipped my mind that their points expire every 12 months if there isn’t any activity. Luckily I have quite a while, but it was a good reminder.
Transfer points to keep them active
This is why I love flexible point currency…it gives you options. If you’re not staying at a hotel or flying on an airline to keep your points active…just transfer points in. If I don’t credit a flight to Aeroplan by April 2, I’ll just transfer in some Amex points to extend the life through activity for another 12 months.
Keep a co-branded credit card to keep your points alive
Credit cards are an easy to keep your points alive as well. Any activity you make on that card extends the life of your points. Also, cards like the United MileagePlus Explorer card from Chase keep your points from expiring just for holding the card.
You can easily buy points to create activity. An easy purchase of 1000 points may set you back $30 or $40, but it’ll keep that cache of points active. Totally worth the money.
If you aren’t participating in a dining program you definitely should. This is a quick post and I’ll do a more comprehensive post at a later date, but most airlines participate in a dining program. Here’s a link to Alaska’s program…they’ll give you a 1000 points just for signing up!
Use an award mall
Loyalty programs have their own online shopping malls that will code your order to earn points in their program. It’s a super easy way to keep your points alive, but also earn tons of bonus points for items you’d buy anyways. All you have to do is log into the mall and then link into the retailers’ normal site.
Here’s a look at Singapore Air’s award mall
Here’s a basic chart that will help keep track
|Program||Expiration after||Extend?||Transfer Partner|
|Air Canada||12 months||with any activity||Amex|
|Alaska Airways||24 months||with any activity||SPG|
|American Airlines||18 months||with any activity||SPG|
|British Airways||36 months||with any activity||UR, Amex, SPG|
|Etihad||Depends on status, expiration occurs end of month 2-3 years after earning|
Guest: 2 years
Silver: 2 years
Gold: 3 years
Platinum: 3 years
|nope.||TY, Amex, SPG|
|KLM/Air France||Elites: Never|
Non- 20 months
|UR, TY, Amex, SPG|
|Korean Air||10 years||UR, SPG|
|Singapore||36 months from earning.||Not with activity. But you can pay a fee per 10,000 miles||UR, TY, Amex, SPG|
|Southwest||24 months||with any activity||UR|
|United||18 months||with any activity||UR, SPG|
|Virgin America||18 months||with any activity||Amex|
|Virgin Atlantic||36 months||with any activity||UR, Amex, SPG|
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