Here’s when your American Airlines miles will expire

Posted: 28 August 2020 10:15 am

American Airlines planes finishing up for take-off at gate

Plus, see where it’s suspending service in October.

On August 7th, American Airlines announced that it’s suspending the expiration of miles through the end of 2020. Additionally, it will reinstate miles that have expired since July 1st, 2020, letting travelers hold onto those rewards a bit longer.

If you paid to reinstate miles set to expire after July 1st, 2020, you can request a refund by calling American Airlines directly. Otherwise, you’ll receive bonus miles as compensation.

When do American Airlines miles usually expire?

Typically, AAdvantage miles expire after 18 months of inactivity, which means that the traveler hasn’t redeemed or earned any rewards.

If you’re worried about your AAdvantage points expiring next year because you don’t foresee booking a flight, one way to keep your miles is to use an American Airlines credit card. Its most basic card, the American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card, comes with no annual fee.

Where can I go with American Airlines right now?

American Airlines flies to all 50 US states and is the largest domestic carrier by fleet size. It’s still flying internationally as well, though schedules may be more limited than usual. Also, many countries are not allowing US tourists to visit right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so you’ll need to check up on restrictions before booking your flight.

That said, American Airlines will be suspending service to 15 markets from October 7th to November 3rd with the CARE agreement requirements coming to a close this fall. This includes:

  • Del Rio, Texas — DRT
  • Dubuque, Iowa — DBQ
  • Florence, South Carolina — FLO
  • Greenville, North Carolina — PGV
  • Huntington, West Virginia — HTS
  • Joplin, Missouri — JLN
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan — AZO
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana — LCH
  • New Haven, Connecticut — HVN
  • New Windsor, New York — SWF
  • Roswell, New Mexico — ROW
  • Sioux City, Iowa — SUX
  • Springfield, Illinois — SPI
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma — SWO
  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania — IPT

Are any other airlines offering mileage extensions?

Here’s the latest on when your miles will expire with major airlines in the USA:

AirlinesStandard policyExtensionsMore info
Alaska AirlinesMileage Plan accounts are deleted after 2 years of inactivityNo — though it’s extending elite membership statuses through 2021More info
American AirlinesAAdvantage miles expire after 18 months of inactivityExpiration suspended through 2020More info
DeltaSkymiles never expireN/AMore info
JetBlue AirwaysJetblue points never expireN/AMore info
Southwest AirlinesRapid Rewards miles never expireN/AMore info
United AirlinesMileagePlus miles never expireN/AMore info
Spirit AirlinesSpirit miles expire after 2 months of inactivityAll miles in your account as of March, 2020 will be extended through September 2020.More info

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