In 2006 Aeroplan announced two new points expiration rules.
- Points expire if no activity in your account every 12 months
- Unredeemed miles expire after 7 years regardless
In 2013 the loyalty program eliminated the 7 year rule. However you still need activity every 12 months to keep your account active. Hopefully the new loyalty program that Air Canada announces for 2020 will take a more generous stance — they’re going to want to be relevant to average consumers who don’t fly often, and relevant even to those without their co-brand credit card.
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US programs generally expire miles without account activity every 18-24 months, though Delta and JetBlue miles do not expire. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have 36 month rules.
In 2009 a class action lawsuit was filed over the change in expiration rules. The case settled last summer, and a court subsequently approved the settlement (.pdf). Aeroplan has now posted miles to member accounts.
- 2 billion miles were distributed
- Members who had points expire received a proportionate share of that total.
I received 37 miles. I had long forgotten that I had Aeroplan miles expire.
If nothing else this reset the expiration of miles in my Aeroplan account. I hadn’t had activity there since December. Not as lucrative as the British Airways fuel surcharge class action but better than a hole in the head, as my grandfather used to say.