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When do my Avios points expire? How can I stop my Avios expiring?

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In this article I want to explain when your Avios points expire and what you can do to stop your Avios points expiring.

As you already know, Avios is the reward currency used by British Airways Executive Club and several other frequent flyer programs (Iberia, Aer Lingus and FlyBe are just a few). For every eligible flight with British Airways or its partner airlines you earn a certain number of Avios. You can see your Avios balance in your British Airways Executive Club account.

When do my Avios points expire?

Unfortunately, Avios do not last forever. If you do not earn, spend, purchase or share at least one Avios every 36 months they will expire. However, if you keep your account active and complete one Avios transaction every three years or less your points will never be removed.

Luckily, it is very easy to keep your account active and to earn or spend at least one Avios every 36 months, even if you are not a regular flyer. British Airways partners with a long list of businesses, including high street brands, to allow you to earn Avios on your daily spending.

It is very, very easy – once every three years – to take a British Airways or a partner flight, credit a hotel stay to BA, credit an Avis car rental, transfer some points from Shell Drivers Club / Tesco Clubcard / Heathrow Rewards / American Express Membership Rewards etc.  Spending Avios also counts as activity on your account.

In reality, anyone who is even vaguely interested in their Avios balance can find a way to earn or spend just 1 Avios point every three years, which is all you need to do to keep your Avios points alive and not expiring.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.