Singapore Airlines’ loyalty program KrisFlyer has announced they will extend the validity of miles due to expire soon:

KrisFlyer miles expiring between April and August 2020 will be extended by six months and will be valid till October 2020 and February 2021 respectively.

When the extension occurs depending on which month your miles are due to expire:

KrisFlyer COVID-19 miles expiry

(A reminder that KrisFlyer miles usually expire 36 months—which is 3 years—after the month they were earned.)

An example

If you had earned 30,000 KrisFlyer miles in August 2017, they would be due to expire in August 2020. You would wait until the end of August and then KrisFlyer would extend their validity until February 2021.

You could then redeem your miles in February 2021 for a flight redemption, with travel able to be booked as far as one year out, i.e. February 2022.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 at Changi
A member with miles expiring this August could book travel right into early 2022

Summing up

KrisFlyer has one of the more restrictive policies on miles expiry amongst frequent flyer programs.

Whilst this special extension due to COVID-19 is welcome, the program definitely could have been more generous by extending the validity of all miles no matter when they were due to expire.

They could even go a step further by scrapping their three-year hard-expiry rule and falling into line with other programs by instituting an 18-month or 24-month soft expiry as Qantas and Velocity, respectively, do, or go even further like Asia Miles did on 1 January 2020 and remove their expiration policy entirely.

Our original guide to the expiry of frequent flyer programs follows.

When do your frequent flyer points expire? A roundup of the key programs

There seems to be an increased awareness from many points collectors these days that their points might expire if they don’t keep their frequent flyer accounts ‘active’.

However, many aren’t quite sure exactly what the policies of the different programs are. So here is a summary for quick reference.

When do my points expire?

  • The general global trend of points expiring after 2-3 years of inactivity

Other key takeaways

Singapore Airlines 777 First Class
Don’t let your valuable KrisFlyer miles expire after three years of earning them

When do your frequent flyer points expire?

Rewards programDo points expire?After how long?Tip
Qantas Frequent FlyerYes - with inactivity18 months of inactivityA great way to extend is to download the Qantas Wellbeing app and earn points for exercising or even just sleeping

Transferring points between family members will not prevent your points from expiring (transferred points take on the expiry date of existing points in the account)
Velocity Frequent FlyerYes - with inactivity24 months of inactivityTransferring points between family members or receiving points via Family Pooling will not prevent your points from expiring
Air New Zealand AirpointsYes - time from earnedMinimum of 4 years validityOn anniversary of program join date, points from over 4 years prior will expire

Oldest points are used first

No expiry for Gold or Elite
Alaska Mileage PlanYes - with inactivity24 months of inactivityMiles can be reinstated for up to one year for a US$75 fee
American Airlines AAdvantageYes - with inactivity18 months of inactivityReinstate for a fee depending on number of miles
Avianca LifeMilesYes - with inactivity12 months of inactivityVery strict policy

Spending miles does not extend expiry

Easiest way to extend is to buy 1000 LifeMiles or transfer Marriott Bonvoy points over
British Airways Executive ClubYes - with inactivity36 months of inactivity
Cathay Pacific Asia MilesYes - with inactivity/time from earned18 months of inactivity (for miles earned from 1 January 2020)/
36 months from the month miles are earned (for miles earned up until 31 December 2019)
Renewal for another three years or transfer to another member with payment of fee
Delta SkyMilesNo
Emirates SkywardsYes - time from earned36 months from accrualHere are some ideas on what do with your expiring miles
Etihad GuestYes - with inactivity18 months of inactivity
Marriott BonvoyYes - with inactivity24 months of inactivityExtend expiry by transferring minimum 3,000 Marriott points to 1,000 frequent flyer points; buy points; donate minimum 2,500 points to charity
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyerYes - time from earned36 months from accrualOldest miles are used first

6- to 12-month extension depending on status available with payment of fee

Transfer to Velocity if at risk of expiry
THAI Royal Orchid PlusYes - time from earned36 months from accrualMiles expire on a quarterly basis and may vary slightly depending on the timing of when the miles were credited into the account
United MileagePlusNoEffective 28 August 2019, the previous 18-month soft expiry no longer applies

The major credit card points programs out there don’t let your points expire, but you’ll need to remain a cardholder to keep access to them.

The exception to this rule is with ANZ Rewards. Those points must be used to claim a reward three years after the end of the year in which the points were earned, or else they will be cancelled.

Velocity Platinum American Express free flight guide | Point Hacks
Spending on a ‘linked’ credit card like the Amex Velocity Platinum can ensure your points balance remains active

What are the best ways to stop your points from expiring?

Thankfully, it’s never that hard to keep some activity in your account to keep your balances active. Here are some ideas:

  1. Earn some points from a program partner—credit a car rental, hotel stay or online purchase to your account
  2. Redeem some points—if you have enough
  3. Transfer some points over from a credit card program
  4. Earn some points from a linked credit card
  5. Buy points, e.g. from Qantas or Velocity
  6. Buy wine from Qantas Wine
  7. Use a service like AwardWallet to keep tabs on your balances
  8. Ask for an extension or a points challenge

I’m sure many of you have learned the hard way not to let your points expire—don’t forget!

Do you have any other ways you have successfully prevented your points from expiring?

KrisFlyer extends miles expiry was last modified: June 17th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt