When Do Lufthansa Miles Expire?

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. 

Airline Expiration
AEROMEXICO LOGO AeroMexico 24 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 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 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