When the COVID-19 pandemic brought most travel to standstill, many airline and hotel programs paused point expiration. This was a relief for travelers worried that a lack of activity could lead to losing large sums of points.

However, as more people are traveling these days, airline and hotel loyalty programs are resuming normal expiration policies. Here is the latest information on point expiration rules related to COVID-19.

Airlines

Program Expiration
Paused Thru
General Policy
Air Canada Aeroplan 09/30/2022 18 months
All Nippon Airways 03/31/2023 36 months*
Emirates Skywards 08/31/2022 36 months*
Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) 11/30/2022 24 months
Frontier Miles until further notice 6 months
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank 9/30/2022* see note 36 months
Korean Air SKYPASS 12/31/2022 10 years*
Malaysia Enrich 12/31/2022 36 months
Singapore KrisFlyer 12/31/2022 and beyond 36 months*

*Activity doesn’t extend expiration

Airline Mileage Expiration Still Paused

Air Canada Aeroplan

All Nippon Airways

  • ANA miles expiring between March 31, 2020 and February 28, 2023 are extended through March 31, 2023.
  • ANA miles typically expire at the end of the month 36 months after earned. Generating activity doesn’t extend this expiration.

Emirates Skywards

  • Emirates has paused expiration for Skywards Miles until August 31, 2022.
  • Skywards Miles are valid for three years after they are earned.
  • Skywards Miles expire at the end of your birth month in the third year after they’re earned.

Flying Blue (Air France/KLM)

Frontier Miles

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank

  • JAL Mileage Bank miles that expire on or before September 30, 2022 will be credited back to you as e JAL points that expire on October 31, 2022.
  • Any e JAL points that expire before October 31, 2022 will now be extended to this date.
  • JAL Mileage Bank miles typically expire at the end of the 36th month after they were earned.

Korean Air SKYPASS

Malaysia Enrich

Singapore KrisFlyer

  • Singapore Airlines has extended the expiration of KrisFlyer miles multiple times. See the chart below for a visual of these expiration policies. Points are now expiring on January 31, 2023 at the earliest.
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles expire after 36 months from the month of their accrual.

Singapore 2022 extension chart

Airlines That Have Resumed Expiration

American Airlines AAdvantage

  • Miles began expiring again on April 1, 2022.
  • AAdvantage miles typically expire after 24 months of no qualifying account activity.

British Airways Executive Club

  • Never paused expiration.
  • Avios expire after 36 months of zero qualifying account activity.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

  • Never paused expiration.
  • Asia Miles earned on or before December 31, 2019 expire 3 years after being earned, regardless of activity.
  • Asia Miles earned on or after January 1, 2020 expire only if your account goes 18 months without qualifying activity.

Etihad Guest

  • Never made an official statement on point expiration policy related to Covid.
  • Etihad Guest Miles expire after 18 months with zero qualifying account activity.

LATAM Pass Miles

  • Expiration resumed in 2020.
  • LATAM Pass Points expire 24 months from the date the miles are credited, regardless of activity.
  • LATAM Pass Miles expire after 36 months of inactivity.

Miles & More (Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Swiss, LOT Polish)

Qantas Points

  • Never paused expiration of miles.
  • However, members located outside of Australia may be able to extend the expiration of points. Check your inbox for an email from Qantas with the subject “Important information: extend your Qantas Points expiry date”. In this email, there’s a link that you can click to extend your expiration by 6 months.
  • Qantas Points expire after 18 months with no qualifying account activity

37 Airline, Hotel Programs That Have Suspended Point Expiration Due to COVID-19

Qatar Avios

  • Never paused expiration of miles.
  • Qmiles now require activity every 36 months to avoid expiration. That’s much better than the former policy where miles expired after three years, regardless of activity.
  • Qatar offers a program to ‘Extend and Revalidate’ Qmiles for a fee.

Royal Air Maroc

The deadline for the mileage extension has come and gone. You had the opportunity to extend miles expiring on March 31, 2022, making them now expire December 31, 2022. However, you had to take a flight and enroll in this offer by March 31, 2022. Anyone who didn’t participate is now subject to miles expiry. The details are here.

Turkish Miles & Smiles

Airline Miles That Never Expire

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

  • Alaska miles don’t expire. However, your account can be closed for lack of activity. You can pay a fee to recover closed accounts, though.
  • Typically, members need to earn or redeem at least a mile in a 24-month period to avoid account closure.

Delta SkyMiles

  • SkyMiles never expire as long as you have an account with Delta.

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles

JetBlue TrueBlue

  • JetBlue TrueBlue Points never expire.

Southwest Rapid Rewards

United MileagePlus

  • United MileagePlus never expire.

Virgin Atlantic Points

  • It was reported that Virgin extended points due to expire between April and September 2020 for six months. However, this wasn’t noted on the Flying Club’s website.
  • Then, as of September 24, 2020, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club rebranded as Virgin Points and eliminated expiration entirely.

Hotels

Program Expiration
Paused Thru
General Policy
Accor Live Limitless expiration resume for general members
12/15/2022 for elite members
12 months
Hilton Honors 12/31/2022 24 months
IHG Rewards Club 12/31/2022 12 months
Marriott Bonvoy 12/31/2022 24 months

Hotel Point Expiration Still Paused

Accor Live Limitless

Hilton Honors

IHG Rewards

Marriott Bonvoy

  • Marriott paused Bonvoy point expiration through December 31, 2022.
  • Marriott Bonvoy points typically expire after 24 months of zero qualifying account activity for Club Members. Members with any status above that don’t have expiry dates.

Hotels That Have Resumed Expiration

Choice Privileges

  • Expiration resumed on January 1, 2022.
  • Choice Privilege points typically expire after 18 months of zero qualifying account activity.

Melia Rewards

Radisson Rewards

World of Hyatt

Wyndham Rewards

  • Expiration resumed on January 1, 2022.
  • Wyndham Rewards points typically expire after 18 months of zero qualifying account activity.
  • Additionally, all Wyndham Rewards points expire four years (48 months) after they’re earned, regardless of activity.

Hotel Points That Never Expire

Best Western Rewards

Are there any other major programs that you feel we should have included? Let us know in the comments.

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