Lufthansa Miles & More miles expire 36 months after they are earned at the end of the quarter, with no way to extend the miles.
For example, if you earned 10,000 miles in April 2021, then those miles would expire on June 31, 2024, unless you used the miles before then.
Exceptions to Mileage Expiration Policy
There are two exceptions to the Lufthansa 36-month mileage expiration rule.
First, miles for Lufthansa elite status members don’t expire (Traveller, Senator, or HON Circle). However, the mileage expiration will become active again if the status is lost.
Second, Miles & More credit cardholders, including the Barclays Lufthansa card, miles don’t expire as long as you hold the card for at least three months and make one purchase per month.
Comparison of Mileage Expiration Policies
Below are the mileage expiration policies for the major airline points programs to see how Lufthansa compares to the competition.
|AeroMexico||24 months after inactivity|
|Air Canada (Aeroplan)||18 months after inactivity|
|Air France (Flying Blue)||24 months after inactivity|
|Alaska Airlines||24 months after inactivity|
|Alitalia||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|
|EVA Air||36 months|
|Iberia||36 months after inactivity|
|Korean Air||10 years|
|Qantas||18 months after inactivity|
|Qatar Airways||36 months after inactivity|
|Singapore Airlines||36 months|
|Turkish Airlines||3 years|