Confirmed: American suspends mileage expiration through 2020

Aug 7, 2020

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Back in April, American Airlines released a statement announcing that it would extend AAdvantage mileage expiration through June 30, 2020. We have more good news to report because the airline just confirmed it will suspend AAdvantage miles expiration through the end of the year and reinstate miles that expired since July 1, 2020.

This is the airline’s latest change related to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and an extension of a previous suspension that was instated this April.

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Miles won’t expire until the end of the year

According to American, mileage expiration is suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. This gives AAdvantage members more time to extend mileage validity by earning or redeeming miles. In addition, the airline will reinstate miles that have expired since July 1, 2020, when the airline’s previous mileage extension expired.

Those who paid to reinstate miles on or after July 1 will be compensated with bonus AAdvantage miles or can call American for a refund. American will communicate this to affected members in the near future and automate reactivation for those whose miles have already expired.

AAdvantage miles usually expire after 18 months of no activity, meaning that a user hasn’t earned or redeemed miles in this timeframe. Some ways you can keep your AAdvantage miles active without flying include spending on an American Airlines cobranded credit card like the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®. Shopping through the AAdvantage shopping portal or earning miles with Bask Bank also keeps your miles from expiring.

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Bottom line

It’s nice to see American Airlines continue to take steps to ensure that its AAdvantage members’ points won’t expire during the coronavirus outbreak. Likewise, we’re happy that American is reinstating miles that previously expired — without this exception, members could have been forced to pay a pretty penny to reinstate their miles.

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