130,000 JAL miles expiring in 2 months :(

Old May 18, 20, 9:46 am
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130,000 JAL miles expiring in 2 months :(

Hi FT community,

I transferred SPG points to JAL before the Marriott merger (back in 2017) and see they are expiring in 2 months. I'm currently sitting on 130,000 JAL miles which I intended to use for JFK-MXP roundtrip on Emirates. A few questions I'm hoping the experts may know:

1) I know points expire 36 months after earning....does that mean flights have to be BOOKED with the miles by that point, or FLOWN by that point?
2) If the latter, any chance JAL may be doing any courtesy extensions given the COVID situation?
3) If I need to liquidate them, is there any options to transfer to other partners, cash out for gift cards, etc?

Many thanks!
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Old May 18, 20, 9:54 am
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Redeemed

already announced how expired miles will be handled

https://www.jal.co.jp/jp/en/info/2020/jmb/jmb-notice/index.html
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Old May 18, 20, 10:00 am
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Thanks JALPak - I registered through the link there, so it looks like it will buy me another year to use them. Thanks so much, you're a lifesaver!
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Old May 18, 20, 10:59 am
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Thanks JALPak - I registered through the link there, so it looks like it will buy me another year to use them. Thanks so much, you're a lifesaver!
No, it will be converted to ePoints. You won't be able to redeem for your original itinerary. It's only for purchasing JL tickets in the future.
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Old May 19, 20, 9:17 am
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Yes, that is the caveat. You will now only have 130,000 yen worth of points (about US$ 1200), and cannot redeem;
-any ticket for anything of more value (that JFK-MXP business class costs way more than this amount).
-any JAL partner ticket (only JAL flights allowed)
So, I suggest you make a decision now on what award travel you want to do end of the year or early next year, and book an award ticket.
worst case scenario, you can still change the ticket next year to a later date by just paying $30 in change fees (need to keep the same route and partners).
Tokyo-Sydney/Melbourne for F1 race or Tennis grand-slam etc. would be my immediate focus.
If you are not in this side of the world, then look to redeem on QR US-Doha-Bangkok in business class return for 130,000 miles!
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Old May 19, 20, 4:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Tokyoite View Post
Yes, that is the caveat. You will now only have 130,000 yen worth of points (about US$ 1200), and cannot redeem;
-any ticket for anything of more value (that JFK-MXP business class costs way more than this amount).
-any JAL partner ticket (only JAL flights allowed)
So, I suggest you make a decision now on what award travel you want to do end of the year or early next year, and book an award ticket.
worst case scenario, you can still change the ticket next year to a later date by just paying $30 in change fees (need to keep the same route and partners).
Tokyo-Sydney/Melbourne for F1 race or Tennis grand-slam etc. would be my immediate focus.
If you are not in this side of the world, then look to redeem on QR US-Doha-Bangkok in business class return for 130,000 miles!
195,000 yen value from 130,000 miles. But, it is indeed not a great value, but you will also earn redeemable miles and FOP on the booking made with the e points, so that evens the score a bit further. But the value is far from equivalent to an award J booking. Then again, it is better than zero value.
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