Emirates Skywards miles expire at least 3 years from when you earned the miles.
The exact expiration date is at the end of your birthday month three years after the mileage earn date.
For example, if your birthday is October, the miles you earned in April 2021 will expire on October 31, 2024.
Or, if your birthday is March, the miles you earned in April 2021 will expire on March 31, 2025.
But you can still redeem your miles before they expire to book a reward ticket that is valid for up to 12 months in advance, even if the miles expire before the trip takes place.
The only exception to the mileage expiration policy is if you hold top-tier Emirates Platinum elite status.
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.
|Air Canada (Aeroplan)||18 months after inactivity|
|Air France (Flying Blue)||24 months after inactivity|
|Alaska Airlines||24 months after inactivity|
|American Airlines||18 months after inactivity|
|Asiana Airlines||10 years|
|British Airways||36 months after inactivity|
|Delta Air Lines||Never|
|Etihad||24 months from inactivity|
|Iberia||36 months after inactivity|
|Qantas||18 months after inactivity|
|Qatar Airways||36 months after inactivity|
|Singapore Airlines||36 months|