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Spirit Airlines miles expire faster than any other type of airline mile I am familiar with.  They expire after three months of no mileage earning.  That is much faster than the average of most programs, and as a result the Spirit Airlines frequent flyer program clearly isn’t a program to hoard miles in…well, because of that and other reasons.  Check out my post on the Ten Best Things About Flying Spirit Airlines.  Despite all of that, you may have some Spirit miles you want to keep alive.

ExpiringMilesIf you earned the 8,000 Spirit miles via their recent “hate thousand miles” promo when it first came out then your miles likely expire in October if you haven’t earned Spirit since that promo. If you haven’t already taken advantage of that promotion then you can still get your 8,000 free Spirit miles.

To give you a general idea about how Spirit miles work, you will need at least 10,000 miles for a standard one-way ticket if you don’t have a co-branded Spirit Airlines credit card.  I recently got a warning about my own Spirit miles expiration date from Award Wallet, which is great as Spirit doesn’t make the expiration date overly obvious.

Options to keep Spirit Airlines miles from expiring:

Have a Spirit Airlines credit card and make at least one purchase so that miles will be deposited in your account.  If you want to earn Spirit miles regularly, this is the best course of action.  The card also gives you access to awards for just 2,500 miles, so it makes a ton of sense if Spirit works for your travel plans.

Buy miles which start at $26.88 for 1,000 miles

Dining programs: Earn 1,000 miles for $30 in dining at participating restaurants

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Fill out surveys via Miles for Thoughts

Via Swag Bucks, including earning 250 FREE SPIRIT miles by registering for your Swagbucks account and verifying your email.

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Buy magazines

Fly Spirit Airlines…of course you can keep Spirit miles alive by simply flying Spirit and earning miles that way.  However, the easiest methods for most people are likely either having the co-branded credit card, using the dining program, or by registering a Swagbucks account.

If all of that sounds like too much work for too little rewards, then you can cash out your Spirit miles for free magazines.

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