I recently wrote about my reasons for not transferring points speculative into Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program – even when there’s a great bonus to do so – I explained that it’s because of their expiration policy.
Officially points expire after 24 months unless either,
- You credit a mileage-earning flight to your account (e.g. on Air France, Delta, etc.)
- You earn miles with a Flying Blue credit card.
In January 2020 I transferred points into my account from Chase for two business class award tickets. The trip had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. The miles were refunded to my account, and taxes to my credit card. But I had points to keep from expiring.
Flying Blue extended expiration of all of their miles until December 31, 2021. That’s much more generous than European competitor Lufthansa who told members to pound sand. However it meant that I was planning on picking up a Delta flight segment at some point this year to credit to the account.
Now, in practice expiration doesn’t always work the way that Flying Blue says it does. In the comments of my post sandbagger2 writes,
I believe the requirement to take a flight in order to extend the life of points only applies to points earned from flying and not transferred points.
I have points sitting in my account (from cc transfers) that were expiring this year and I just extended their expiration date for 2 years (July 2023) by transferring 1k miles into my Air France/Flying Blue account.
Be wary of this: there are data points that support it and also data points that do not. You might consider transferring 1000 points into your account from a card partner and seeing if that works, but I’m not 100% certain that it will in each case.
For myself though I got lucky and I don’t need to take that Delta flight. Earlier in the month I made an online purchase through their shopping portal.
And that reset the expiration of miles in my account. They now all show as expiring at the end of July, 2023.
Air France KLM is a transfer partner of the major bank programs in the U.S. Their expiration policy is one of the major reasons to avoid speculative transfers. However at least in some cases the reality of how the policy is handled may not match the published terms of the program.