When Do Emirates Skywards Miles Expire?

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Emirates Skywards miles expire at least three years from when you earned the miles at the end of your birth month. For example, if your birthday is October, the miles you earned in April 2023 will expire on October 31, 2026.

The only exception to the mileage expiration policy is if you hold top-tier Emirates Platinum elite status or a co-branded Emirates Skywards credit card.

Reinstating Emirates Miles

You can reactivate Skywards miles that expired in the past six months at a cost of $20 USD per 1,000 miles, for up to 50,000 miles each year.

Comparison of Mileage Expiration Policies

Below are the airline mileage expiration policies for the major points programs to see how Emirates compares to the competition. 

Airline Expiration
Aer Lingus Aer Lingus 36 Months after inactivity
Air Canada Air Canada (Aeroplan) 18 months after inactivity
Air France Air France (Flying Blue) 24 months after inactivity
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines 24 months after inactivity
American Airlines American Airlines 24 months after inactivity
ANA ANA 36 months
Asiana Airlines Asiana Airlines 10 years
British Airways British Airways 36 months after inactivity
Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines Never
Emirates logo Emirates 3 years
Etihad Etihad 24 months from inactivity
EVA Air EVA Air 36 months
Iberia logo Iberia 36 months after inactivity
Korean Air Korean Air 10 years
Lufthansa Lufthansa 36 months
Qantas Logo Qantas 18 months after inactivity
Qatar Airways logo Qatar Airways 36 months after inactivity
Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines 36 months
Turkish Airlines logo Turkish Airlines 3 years
United Airlines logo United Airlines Never
Virgin Atlantic logo Virgin Atlantic Never
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