Skyteam - who's points do not expire?

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  1. taiwaned
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    Star Alliance has AC-Aeroplan which allows user to keep miles from expiring as long as their is activity on the account at least once a year. You can use credit cards, gas purchases and other affiliations to keep the account active if necessary.

    Does Skyteam have a ff plan with similar benefits?
     
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    I think a lot of programs have requirements similar to Aeroplan's where any activity resets the expiration clock. I believe that's more the norm than the exception for North American carriers. Delta's program has no such requirement - miles just don't expire at all.
     
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    Thank you for the reply. Just the answer I was looking for.
    Since I am flying a lot of China Eastern, China Southern flights these days, wanted a plan that doesn't expire or easy to maintain.
     
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    On the flip side, Delta miles do not have the greatest reputation for redemption availability on DL metal, and the cost of award flights for intra-asian travel was one of the notable increases on the most recent award chart update. Probably worth noting what your eventual redemption plans are - others may have more advice based on that.
     
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    I've always had good luck using Skymiles for upgrades
     
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    and the exception, rather than the norm, for carriers elsewhere in the world.
     
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    Has Aeroplan change? I've actually steered clear of them because miles do expire in their accounts (okay, so it's 7 years, but still). See point 18 and 19 at the link below:
    http://www1.aeroplan.com/terms_and_conditions.do
    However, there are a number of carriers (mostly North American) that don't expire as long as you earn or burn.
     
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    22. Aeroplan membership terminates upon death or personal bankruptcy of the member.
    I don't recall seeing this in other carriers T+Cs.
     
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    Under Italian law, Alitalia's plan expires periodically- I believe it is every five years.Typically they will end the program, start a new program, and gift you the expired miles if you have activity in the initial period of the new plan (I don't recall if last time they required activity in the first six months or in the first year?)
     
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    This is indeed in the T&C of a number of airline and hotel programs, IIRC including DL and Starwood but I could be wrong--I just know that I've noticed this condition recently. This might well be a new feature as I never noticed this before, although I can understand the business reason for such a condition. I wonder how it could be uniformly enforced.
     
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    KE policy: Any mileage accumulated after July 2008, will expire after 10 years, from the date of accrual.
     
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    Welcome to MP. I just gave you your first like for that useful fact.
     
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    Appreciate it MSPeconomist. Hope to add more soon.
     
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    Welcome to MP! :)
     
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    Thanks rwoman. Love it here.
     
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    I hope you keep enjoying milepoint. Your first post was a gem!

    A fair number of airlines are changing T&C's, so it is important to keep up to date on expiry issues, in particularly.
    For example TAM Fidelidade had all miles expire 18 months after they were awarded transaction by transaction. Generous domestic awards did not make up for that. The new replacement program Multiplus expires two years after award.

    That is one of the most extreme examples. However, once you leave North America and major European carriers the policies can and do vary enormously.
    Moral: READ THE FINE PRINT!

    Sorry for shouting, but people are regularly caught by that pesky expiration demon.:eek:
     
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    This is for ANA and not sure people already know, but mileage is valid until the end of the 36th month counting from the month a service or a product was used to earn miles. Basically miles expire after 3 years from when you accrued them.
     
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