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How can you stop your British Airways miles expiring?

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How do you extend the expiry date of your British Airways miles?

Today I want to take a look at what you can do to stop your BA Avios points (British Airways frequent flyer miles) from expiring.  It is so easy that you would be crazy to let it happen.

Avios is the air miles reward currency used by British Airways Executive Club.  It is also used by other frequent flyer programs (Iberia and Aer Lingus are just a few).

Stop British Airways miles expiring

For every eligible flight with British Airways or its partner airlines you earn a certain number of miles.  You can see your Avios miles balance in your British Airways Executive Club account.

Unfortunately, Avios do not last forever.  In reality, they do – because your Avios shouldn’t be expiring if you are on the ball.

Here is the rule.  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 have any miles earning transaction going through your account every three years, your British Airways points will never expire.

This means that it is very easy to keep your account active as all you need to do is earn or spend at least one Avios point every 36 months.  This is easy even if you are not a regular flyer. British Airways has a lot of partners, including high street brands, to allow you to earn Avios on your daily spending.

It shouldn’t be hard – 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 Tesco Clubcard / Heathrow Rewards / American Express Membership Rewards etc.  Spending Avios also counts as activity on your account.

As a last resort, go to this page of ba.com and buy the minimum 1,000 Avios.  This will reset your expiry date for another three years.

In reality, anyone who is even vaguely interested in keeping their British Airways miles balance alive should be able to find a way to earn or spend just 1 Avios point every three years.  This is enough to keep your BA points from 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. )

(Head for Points is the UK’s biggest frequent flyer website with 1.5 million monthly page views.  Want to learn more about earning and spending Avios?  Click here to read our latest news storiesclick here to join our email list and click here to read our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.)


Get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold, or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum! (November 2020 offer)

The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year!

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You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 30,000 Avios – find out more here:

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