Will my miles really expire tomorrow?

Old Mar 11, 19, 4:09 pm
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Will my miles really expire tomorrow?

Technically my current miles on my account will expire tomorrow. Will they actually expire tomorrow or is there some sort of grace period before they actually expire?

I'm trying to decide whether I should just purchase additional miles today so that my current miles don't expire, or if I can wait until April 3 when I'll be flying with AA and thus accrue miles so that my miles don't expire.

What should I do? Thanks.
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Old Mar 11, 19, 4:16 pm
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There is no grace period, though you will probably be able to pay to recover recently expired miles. Best is to make a purchase/redemption/donation of miles right away. The recommendation if you had more time would be to earn some miles at a restaurant by registering a credit card with AAdvantage Dining.

ETA: A commonly recommended, low-stakes, instant transaction to forestall expiration is redeeming a few hundred miles for a magazine subscription.
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Old Mar 11, 19, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingEgghead View Post
The recommendation if you had more time would be to earn some miles at a restaurant by registering a credit card with AAdvantage Dining.
For what it is worth I was recently in a similar situation and dined at a AAdvantage Dining Restaurant several weeks before expiration. It's been a month now and points have not posted. Fortunately, I decided to use one of their other miles-for-x deals to preserve my balance. Just be careful to use AAdvantage Dining very far in advance.
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Old Mar 11, 19, 7:04 pm
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Originally Posted by worldwidedreamer View Post
For what it is worth I was recently in a similar situation and dined at a AAdvantage Dining Restaurant several weeks before expiration. It's been a month now and points have not posted. Fortunately, I decided to use one of their other miles-for-x deals to preserve my balance. Just be careful to use AAdvantage Dining very far in advance.
1. Has the earning at least shown up in your account on the AAdvantage Dining site? You can complain to them if it doesn't show there after 10 days.
2. I think that when the miles eventually post to your AAdvantage account, they will carry the date of the original dining transaction and the record will be corrected. In other words, it is possible for miles to retroactively unexpire. But it does increase the risk of something going wrong.
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Old Mar 11, 19, 8:42 pm
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An even easier way is to go to the AAdvantage shopping portal and buy something. When I need to do that, I click through to Walmart and buy a box of cookies. However, I can't promise it will post immediately. At least you'll have a basis to complain to AA that it was a brief delay and they shouldn't wipe out your miles over that.

I always set my calendar for a reminder after 15 months.
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Old Mar 11, 19, 11:00 pm
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Originally Posted by cphan17 View Post
Technically my current miles on my account will expire tomorrow. Will they actually expire tomorrow or is there some sort of grace period before they actually expire?

I'm trying to decide whether I should just purchase additional miles today so that my current miles don't expire, or if I can wait until April 3 when I'll be flying with AA and thus accrue miles so that my miles don't expire.

What should I do? Thanks.
You should read https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...an-flying.html, starting with the Wikipost at the top of the page.

Grace left town when AA began monetizing everything.

What I’d do: set up an account and register a credit card with AAdvantage Dining (sign up for emails to get more miles) and go dine (anything, a drink, etc. counts). If you want to be very sure, dine at two places if you have two close to each other. Or, use the AA shopping portal (screen shot just in case).

In my experience, these will post within 7-10 days, and that will reset your expiration date. The effective date used is the transaction date, not the posting date.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 5:09 am
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You just had an 18 month grace period. You want an extension?
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Old Mar 12, 19, 6:59 am
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Originally Posted by Uncle Nonny View Post
You just had an 18 month grace period. You want an extension?
How is it a grace period? Is your theory that miles should expire the day after you earn them?
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Old Mar 12, 19, 7:12 am
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Originally Posted by jordyn View Post
How is it a grace period? Is your theory that miles should expire the day after you earn them?
I see the point. The OP had 18 months after his last activity to have additional activity yet failed to have any. Now the OP wants an additional few weeks when it's widely known there must be activity every 18 months.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 7:25 am
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With mileage/points accounts that generally have low activity. I set a calendar reminder about three months prior to expiration to prompt taking some action. Most programs have shopping portals that can be worked without having to buy something for no real reason if you have some time. Once the miles/points post, I reset the reminder date.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by USFlyerUS View Post
.. when it's widely known there must be activity every 18 months.
none of this "widely known" - this stuff is buried deep in webpages layered with ever-changing conditions which vary dramatically from carrier to carrier eg no expiry for DL B6, 24 mo for AS WN, 18 for AA UA..
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Old Mar 12, 19, 10:07 am
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To prevent miles from expiring, you should have some sort of activity posted in your account, aside from flying, there is branded credit card spend, purchase something in the airlines portal, magazine redemption, car or hotel stay credited to the airline, and others alike, the key is that the activity date is important, seeing that they are expiring tomorrow, best to do the activity today, it might take some time to credit, but once done all should be well.

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Old Mar 12, 19, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by azepine00 View Post
none of this "widely known" - this stuff is buried deep in webpages layered with ever-changing conditions which vary dramatically from carrier to carrier eg no expiry for DL B6, 24 mo for AS WN, 18 for AA UA..
a google search on 'do my aa miles expires' comes up with this as the first result

Just earn or redeem miles on American or with an AAdvantage partner at least once every 18 months. We'll automatically extend your mileage expiration date 18 months from the date of your most recent activity. Your wallet shows the number of miles you have and the earliest date they could expire
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Old Mar 12, 19, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by azepine00 View Post
none of this "widely known" - this stuff is buried deep in webpages layered with ever-changing conditions which vary dramatically from carrier to carrier eg no expiry for DL B6, 24 mo for AS WN, 18 for AA UA..
Buried deep and layered with ever-changing conditions? This is how AA displays my miles to me:



AA doesn't do much well, but they're very upfront about your mileage balance and expiration.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 12:52 pm
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The OP hadn’t responded, but essentially

1) will carry out some activity today that will extend those miles’ availability by 18 months,

2a) not do anything and lose them, or

2b) not do anything and pay to reactivate them.

“Grace” is not a well known concept at HP US AA. (And every time I look at look at my account, the miles expiration date is clearly shown - but if I don’t visit my account, I won’t see the warning.)
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