American Airlines AAdvantage Miles Expiration Has Resumed
American Airlines paused mileage expiration in March as the coronavirus pandemic was getting started in the United States. Most airlines did the same thing, as people were not able to travel. But now that grace period is over. Mileage expiration for AAdvantage members has resumed again, and miles will begin expiring after 18 months of inactivity.
That is 18 months from the last activity in your account, not 18 months from today. So if you haven’t used miles since 2018, your miles could expire today. If you are not sure when your last activity was, you can check your account here.
If you want to start booking awards, you are still able to do so and make free changes and cancellations, if you are traveling before 9/30/20. That will reset your 18 month clock. You can also do things such as earning miles through dining, earning with AA cards, purchasing miles etc.
Minors and younger adults up to the age of 22 years and 6 months, are excluded from the miles expiration rule. Effective July 1, 2020, the 18-month activity requirement won’t apply to AAdvantage members under age 21. For members who turned 21 years of age before July 1, 2020, the 18-month qualifying activity period will be applied on a pro rata basis.
So if a member turned 21 on March 1, 2020, the 18-month qualifying activity period for this member will start on March 1, 2020. So if they don’t have qualifying activity in their account at least once in 18 months following their 21st birthday, miles will expire.
HT: Dan’s Deals