When Do American AAdvantage Miles Expire?

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American Airlines AAdvantage miles expire 24 months from account inactivity, which can be extended by earning or redeeming at least one mile. However, your miles won’t expire if you are under 21 years old, but the 18-month clock will start on your 21st birthday.

How to See When Your Miles Expire

You can see when your American AAdvantage miles expire easily in your account. 

Just sign into your account and you will see when your miles expire on your account home screen.

AAdvantage Expiration

Earning American AAdvantage Miles

Below are all the ways you can earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles, which also earn Loyalty Points toward elite status:

Flying on American Airlines

When flying on American Airlines, you earn miles based on the cash price of your ticket minus taxes and fees:

For example, a $500 ticket would earn 2,500 with no status, 3,500 miles for Gold members, 4,000 miles for Platinum, 4,500 for Platinum Pro, and 5,500 for Executive Platinum.

American Airlines Boeing 787
Photo: American Airlines

Flying on Partner Airlines

You can also earn AAdvantage miles when flying on American’s partner airlines. If you book the flight via American Airlines, then you will earn miles based on the rates above for American Airlines.

If you book a ticket via a partner airline or third party and credit it to AAdvantage, then you will earn miles depending on (1) the partner airline, (2) the fare class you booked, (3) the distance flown, and (4) your AAdvantage elite status (40%, 60%, 80%, or 120% bonus). 

American Airlines is part of the Oneworld Alliance, which includes the following airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines, Fiji Airways (connect member), and Oman Air (future member).

American Airlines also partners with these airlines: Aer Lingus, Air Tahiti Nui, Cape Air, China Southern, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, GOL Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, IndiGo, JetSMART, and Silver Airways.

AAdvantage Credit Cards

You can earn American Airlines miles via several co-branded Citi and Barclays credit cards:

Transfer Partners

American Airlines has two transfer partners: Bilt Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy

Bilt Rewards transfers nearly instantly at a 1 to 1 ratio. Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a 3 to 1 ratio and take approximately 48 hours.

AAdvantage E-Shopping Portal

You can earn AAdvantage miles by clicking through American’s eShopping portal before making a purchase online. The eShopping Portal includes hundreds of major retailers, including Nike, Adidas, Macy’s, Dell, Best Buy, CVS, and more.

AAdvantage Dining

You can earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent on dine-in and takeout and thousands of restaurants via AAdvantage Dining. All you need to do is (1) enroll in the dining program), (2) link your credit cards to AAdvantage Dining, (3) finding a participating restaurant, and (4) pay with your credit card linked to AAdvantage Dining.

The amount of miles you earn will depend on your dining status:

  • 5 AAdvantage miles per dollar for VIP members (dine 11 times to become a VIP member for the current year plus the entire following year).
  • 3 AAdvantage miles per dollar if you’re a select member (become a select member by opting to receive emails from AAdvantage Dining).
  • 1 AAdvantage mile per dollar for basic member.

Hotel Stays

You have several options to earn AAdvantage miles when staying at hotels:

  • Travel Portal: You can book hotels via AAdvantage Hotels (powered by Rocketmiles) and earn AAdvantage miles and even more if you are an elite member with an AAdvantage credit card. However, you forgo the ability to earn hotel points or use elite benefits.
  • Hyatt Hotels: Earn 500 miles per stay at Hyatt Hotels.
  • Marriott International: Earn 1 to 2 miles per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy brands (Luxury brands earn 2x miles, and budget brands earn 1x miles). 
  • IHG One Rewards: Earn 1 to 2 miles per dollar at hotel brands in IHG One Rewards. 

Other Ways to Earn Miles with AAdvantage Partners

Car Rentals: You can earn American miles when booking a car rental.

American Airlines Vacations: You can earn at least 1,000 miles by booking your flight, hotel, and rental car (or a combination of two out of three) via American Airlines Vacations. Plus, American regularly offers special deals offering 10,000+ bonus points. 

American Airlines Cruises: You can earn 1 mile per dollar (up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles) when booking a cruise with American Airlines, including on major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Norwegian, Carnival, and Celebrity.

SimplyMiles: You can load special offers at hundreds of merchants via SimplyMiles to any of your Mastercards.

Donate: You can earn 10 miles for every $25 donation to Stand Up to Cancer.

Bask Bank: Depositing money into a Bask Bank savings account can earn you 2.5 miles per dollar. For example, a $10,000 deposit would earn you 25,000 AAdvantage miles in the first year. (Miles from this partner does not earn Loyalty Points towards elite status.)

Redeeming American AAdvantage Miles

There are many ways you can redeem your American Airlines AAdvantage miles, including our favorite ways:

  • Business class on Qatar Airways from the US to the Middle East, India, or Africa for 70,000 to 75,000 miles one-way.
  • Business class flights from the US to Europe for 57,500 miles one-way.
  • First-class flights from the US to Japan on Japan Airlines for 80,000 miles one-way.
  • Short-haul economy flights on American Airlines for 7,500 miles.
  • Etihad First Class apartments for 115,000 miles from New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH).
  • Business Class from US to New Zealand and Australia for 80,000 miles one-way.

Comparison of U.S. Airlines' Expiration Policies

Below are the mileage expiration policies of every major U.S. airline.

Airlines Expiration Policy
Alaska Airlines Alaska Never
American Airlines American 24 months
Delta Air Lines Delta Never
Frontier Frontier 12 Months
Hawaiian Airlines logo Hawaiian Never
JetBlue JetBlue Never
Southwest Airlines Southwest Never
Spirit Airlines Logo Spirit 12 months
United Airlines logo United Never
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