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Since I'm flying regularly with StarAlliance, I joined their frequent flyer program miles and more. There, you can earn two different kind of miles, status miles and award miles. The status miles are their to upgrade your frequent flyer status so that you have higher booking priority or access to lounges. With the award miles you can buy flights or similar things.

Now the problem is, I don't understand what the expiration rules are. The status miles expire after one calendar year, but how does it work with award miles? I can't find any reliable information, so I'm looking for documentation about that.

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They expire after 3 years:

Any mileage not redeemed within 36 months of the date of accrual (date of flight, start of hotel stay, time of car rental) will expire at the end of that quarter (e.g. miles expiring in August of any given year would expire at the end of September of that same year), failing other arrangements published in the Miles & More communication media.

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Thanks a lot for this information. So it seems if you have a miles&more credit card, the miles won't expire. –  RoflcoptrException Feb 26 '12 at 11:54
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And just to clarify, Miles&More is the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa and affiliates like Swiss. Star Alliance is a broader group of airlines, most of which have their own programs with varying rules. –  jpatokal Feb 26 '12 at 22:23
    
That is rather harsh! I believe in British Airways miles expire after 3 years only if you don't fly during that time. –  Grzenio Feb 27 '12 at 11:53
    
hmm but I think the i can use every flight with a star alliance member for my miles and more account. –  RoflcoptrException Feb 27 '12 at 20:03
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@Grzenio I think the want to force you to get their credit card. If you have this card, the miles don't expire anymore. –  RoflcoptrException Feb 27 '12 at 20:03
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