As every budget-conscious traveller knows, one of the best ways to make travel more affordable is to collect Air Miles on everyday purchases like gas and groceries and redeem them later when you’re trip planning and want to save on airfare, accommodations, vehicle rental and attraction tickets. But, there’s one thing you should keep in mind. If you wait too long to use those Air Miles points, they will expire.
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On January 1, 2017, any Air Miles you’ve collected that are older than five years will expire. In other words, any Air Miles you earned prior to 2012, will no longer be valid. They will expire on a quarterly basis as they hit the five-year mark. With this in mind, if you haven’t gone on summer vacation yet, you may want to incorporate redeeming some of your Air Miles into your planning or at the very least, be sure to redeem them during the planning of your Christmas or winter break vacation. The bottom line, if you don’t use ‘em, you lose ‘em.
Believe it or not, “your Air Miles will expire” isn’t new news. Air Miles actually gave collectors the heads up back in 2011. The thing is they haven’t mentioned it since, so it’s safe to say the majority of Air Miles customers have forgotten all about it. If you missed the announcement about the Air Miles redemption deadline back in 2011, the only way you would have known about it would have been if you were trolling the Air Miles website and came across the expiry deadline in the website’s FAQs section.
The easiest way to check to see how many of your Air Miles will need to be redeemed is by logging into your Air Miles account and requesting a statement of your miles that will expire in the next 12 months. Air Miles will email the statement to you within a couple of days. If the email hasn’t arrived in your inbox within 48 hours, double check that it hasn’t gone into your junk folder.
According to rewards expert Patrick Sojka, you’ll get the best value for your expiring Air Miles by redeeming them for things like flights, hotel accommodations and car rentals.
Whatever you decide to do with your expiring Air Miles just remember the redemption deadline in January 1, 2017, so do it soon.
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