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Current Frequent Flyer Miles and Hotel Points Expiry Extensions

See also: COVID-19 Updates for our most up-to-date tracking. 

Things have evolved quite a bit since March 2020 when the coronavirus lockdowns hit the travel industry. As time went on, airline and hotel program made adjustments to stay afloat. They also tried to make things more generous for customers, while trying to juggle their balance sheet.

Many people would argue that airlines would get government bailouts anyway, so all they really need to do is sit back and relax. Whether true or not, today’s post focuses on extensions given to member account balances. Several of those extensions have now expired, while some programs made some more permanent changes to their expiry policies.

Below is a recap of changes or current offers by programs more relevant to Canadians.

Air Canada / Aeroplan

  • Previously paused miles expiry until July 14, 2020. As of July 20, 2020, Aeroplan has implemented a 18 month expiry policy (up from 12 months).
  • NO current offers.

Alaska Airlines / Mileage Plan

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 24 months.
  • NO current offers.

American Airlines / AAdvantage

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 18 months.
  • NO current offers.

Best Western / Best Western Rewards

  • Normally no expiry policy.

British Airways / Executive Club

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 36 months.
  • NO current offers.

Cathay Pacific / Asia Miles

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 18 months.
  • NO current offers.

Choice Hotels / Choice Privileges

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 18 months.
  • OFFER: points expiry paused until December 31, 2020.

Cineplex / Scene Rewards

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 24 months.
  • NO current offers.

Delta Air Lines / Delta SkyMiles

  • Normally no expiry policy.

Hilton / HHonors

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 12 months.
  • OFFER: expiration of all points are paused until December 31, 2020.

Hyatt / World of Hyatt

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 24 months.
  • OFFER: expiration of points are suspended from forfeiture through December 31, 2020.

IHG Hotels and Resorts / IHG Rewards Club

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 12 months.
  • Points never expire for all members with Elite status members, for everyone else,
  • OFFER: points expiry are paused until December 31, 2020.

Marriott Hotels and Resorts / Marriott Bonvoy

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 24 months.
  • OFFER: points expiration are paused until February 2021.

Porter Airlines / VIPorter

  • Normally no expiry as long as there is an activity (earn or redeem) once every 24 months.
  • OFFER: Points that are set to expire between March 19 and December 31, 2020 will be reinstated and extended until December 31, 2021.

United Airlines / MileagePlus

  • Normally no expiry policy.

VIA Rail / VIA Preference

  • Normally no expiry policy.

WestJet / WestJet Rewards

  • Normally no expiry policy, except on limited time offers.

Wydham Hotels and Resorts / Wyndham Rewards

  • Normally points expire after 4 years regardless of activity. Points also expiry if there is no activity after 18 months.
  • OFFER: expiration of points are paused until September 30, 2020.

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