Is there Zakat on Air Miles?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
Air Miles, frequent flyer miles or travel points are not subject to Zakat. These reward points will not be added to one’s Zakatable assets regardless of what they can redeem.
The Fiqh (jurisprudence of the Answer):
Air Miles are not considered to be Māl (wealth) in terms of Shariah and hence are not considered for Zakat.
Zakat is only binding on entities which are Māl (wealth) which are productive (nāmī). There are three types of productive wealth designated by Shariah:
2) Business stock
3) Animal livestock for growth
And Allah Ta’ālā Alone Knows Best
Mufti Faraz Adam al-Mahmudi,
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