Before the Clock Strikes Midnight: Screenshot Your Points

Written by on December 28, 2016 in Miles and Points

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A good rule of thumb is to periodically visit your loyalty programs’ websites and take screenshots of your points and miles totals. But this quick task is especially crucial to perform late in the year – before some point totals reset when the clock strikes midnight on January 1.

Elite status points generally get knocked back to zero on January 1. (Though Delta elites enjoy excess Medallion Qualification Miles rolled over to the following year – a fantastic benefit still remaining in Delta’s erratic Sky Miles program.)

Chris "officially" became a Delta Platinum after midnight Eastern - right as those points slider totals were wiped out to start the year.

Chris “officially” became a Delta Platinum after midnight Eastern – right as those points slider totals were wiped out to start the year. (Screenshots from, collage by

Redeemable mile rules vary from program, so make sure to check. Here’s a link to our handy-dandy index of some of the more popular airline, hotel, and rental car loyalty programs.

But don’t tempt the reset gods (or hackers) only to awaken after a fun New Year’s Eve celebration and see all of your redeemable miles wiped out. While this is very unlikely to happen, having proof of your miles, points, and any elite status is always a good thing. Taking screenshots of all your loyalty program totals directly from their websites or apps is great backup.

Some third party travel apps (TripIt, Award Wallet) track your points and miles for you – but might not be up to date with loyalty programs’ current totals.

How to Take Screenshots

If you’re unfamiliar with taking screenshots (or screen grabs, screen caps, screen captures – all the same thing) here are some links that may help.

Mac users (Apple) Windows users (Windows) iOS – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (Apple)

Android (6 Ways To Take Screenshots On Android – Chris Hoffman/MakeUseOf)

Windows Phone (Windows Phone)

Barring That…

If taking a screen shot isn’t your cup of tea, you can always try printing out whatever is on your screen, or simply taking a picture of your computer or mobile device’s display.

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About the Author

About the Author: Chris Carley is a writer, media consultant, voice over artist, dog owner, husband, and recently became a dad! He loves talking all things points and miles. You'll likely find him in an airport lounge while on a trip that involves the most circuitous route possible leading to his ultimate destination. .


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