When Do Emirates Skywards Miles Expire?

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. 

Airline Expiration
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 18 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 36 months
Etihad Etihad 24 months from inactivity
Iberia logo Iberia 36 months after inactivity
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
United Airlines logo United Airlines Never
Virgin Atlantic logo Virgin Atlantic Never