This post has been updated to clarify American’s two different pauses in expiration dates.
On the heels of extending systemwide upgrades that were scheduled to expire in 2021 out to July 31, 2022, American Airlines has also extended its pause on mileage expiration. Miles won’t expire until January 1, 2022 or – for those who played the anniversary game – until April 1, 2022.
Here’s a screen shot from a family member’s account that hasn’t had activity since December 2019 (where I had a note to keep the account active).
I had assumed I would lean on American’s AAdvantage 40th anniversary promotion spin-to-win prizes to extend expiry for this account, but the couple of hundred points won never posted and I was about ready to act. Those points haven’t posted yet but will soon.
What American has done is pushed out their pause from June 30 to end of 2021, but given those who played the AAdvantage 40th game an extra 3 months on top of that because everyone who played the game but didn’t win points was to be given 3 additional months anyway.
Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United Airlines no longer expire frequent flyer miles at all. Alaska Airlines expires miles after 24 months of inactivity.