Marriott Rewards made an announcement earlier this year (read more here) that points would start expiring after 24 months of non-activity.
The point expiry was thought to begin on January 1, but has now moved to February 1, 2016.
You can access Marriott’s web page for point expiry here.
Here’s what will keep your points alive:
- Make a paid (or redemption) stay at any of our 4,000+ participating hotels worldwide
- Redeem points
- Make a purchase using a Marriott Rewards Credit Card
- Earn points with one of our program partners
- Purchase points
- Hold a qualifying meeting or event, including earning points through the Rewarding Events Program
And here’s what won’t keep them from expiring:
- Gifting or transferring points
- Receiving points as a gift or transfer
- Earning points through social media programs, such as #MRPoints
Expiring points will allow Marriott/Marriott Rewards to write down the value of unredeemed points and record an accounting gain.
Having some activity for every 24 shouldn’t be too difficult for many. You can always buy some points that will extend the validity by two years.
Here are the frequently asked questions by Marriott about this change: