Do Marriott Points Expire?

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Marriott Rewards points expire after 24 months without qualifying activity.

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What Activities Keep a Marriott Rewards Account Active?

The following activities are considered a qualifying activity and will keep your account active.

What Activities Do Not Keep a Marriott Rewards Account Active?

Conversely, these activities are not considered a qualifying activity and will not keep your Marriott Rewards account active:

  • Gifting or transferring points
  • Receiving points as a gift or transfer
  • Earning points through social media programs/promotions, such as #MRPoints
  • Registering for a promotion
  • Marriott Vacation Club owners staying during their ownership stay, even if earning Elite credit

Fortunately, like other hotel programs, there are many ways to keep a Marriott Rewards account active that requires very little cost, time or effort.

Full details on point expiration can be found at Marriott.com – there is even an FAQ to answer some of the most popular questions about Marriott Rewards points and their expiration. Terms and Conditions of Marriott Rewards point expiration.


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Do Marriott Points Expire?
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  • DaWoodMan1 says:

    Made a purchase through Marriott’s shopping portal just the other day to keep my points alive!

    • Thanks, I didn’t know that Marriott have a shopping portal I must check it out.
      I don’t stay that often in Marriott and have had points expire, but luckily only a couple of thousand. When I do stay in Marriott now I usually select airline miles instead as I’m more likely to use them and they have a longer expiry date.

  • I really appreciate your listing of the ways to keep points alive.

  • What happens if I cancel a reservation I made using points, and the expiry date of my account is somewhere in between the reservation date and the cancellation date?
    Does it result in expiry of points?

    • I don’t think this is a possible scenario as points expire 24 months after no activity, redemption is considered an activity, and you cannot make reservations with Marriott more than a year in advance.

  • ROBERT CORRAO says:

    Howie, do you know the required minimum marriott rewards before they will transfer to aadvantage points?

  • What about the transfer of points from SPG?
    If I’m not wrong this doesn’t delay the expiration but in the other way it does.
    Can you confirm?

    • Correct. It appears to be a “bug” for our benefit. Where SPG activity is generated but it doesn’t count with Marriott for expiration extension.

      • So we can just transfer back and forth to keep points alive? since they don’t lose any value when transferring.

        • A transfer from SPG to Marriott appears to extend the life of SPG. However, Marriott to SPG doesn’t appear to extend the life of Marriott.

          • Expiry of Marriott points is not affected by transfers to/from SPG. It is not a qualifying activity. Several people have briefly lost their points when doing transfers from SPG into an inactive account.

  • I’ve used the point purchase before to keep these active. For 12.50 for 1k points, its an easy and cheap way to do it.

  • Luckily, some of the twitter promos qualify for activity.

  • Transfer from SPG was marked as a qualifying activity for me. And some of the #MRPoints activity too.

  • I have elected to have the Marriott Rewards credit card to keep my points active and to receive a free night once a year.

  • Big fan of Marriott points. Especially because they could be transferred to SPG now so its really valuable. I actually just burned my entire Marriott balance on an 8 day trip to Europe.

  • Thanks for this – a good reminder! Just to be clear, transferring SPG to Marriott does not count as activity for these purposes?

    • Based on what has been seen, transferring from SPG seems to be a qualifying activity with SPG — e.g. showing activity which is what is required to keep an SPG account active, however it does not extend the life of a Marriott account. I think this may purely be a tech glitch/limitation as the intent is clearly not to do this.

  • Constantine says:

    Can I have both the regular Marriott card AND the business card at the same time? I have had the non-business one for years not but I’m thinking of applying for the business one as well for the 80K bonus and to keep personal and business travel separate.

    Thanks!

    C

  • That’s a great way to do it. I also opt for airline miles. I don’t stay in hotels much so would take a long time to accumulate points for a stay.

  • Twitter and Instagram as well!

  • Alice Chen says:

    Honestly 24 months is a gift for expiration. Most program points expire in 12-24 months.

  • ADAM PARSONS says:

    Marriott run regular FB & twitter point promos so I use this route to extend the life of the balance.

  • Thanks for the reminder that gifting points doesn’t count.

  • Thank you for the reminder. It’s always nice to be reminded when things expire! Sometimes my mind is not always registering all the different dates and to do items I have. I love that Marriott has so many ways to be able to extend the life of my points. Plus, 24 mons?! That’s sweet! So many companies have 12mons or 18 mons. Wish they all wouldn’t have an expiration, but well I understand why.

    Have a question though…do a lot of people have credit cards for their different awards programs? I would have a horribly full wallet if I did that.

    • I would think yes — the key though isn’t earning points/miles in programs directly, but rather to give you flexibility by earning points that allow you to transfer to multiple different programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points and SPG Points are the best ones out there.

  • Seems like if you keep using the SPG Amex for example, they don’t expire because every month you earn them.

  • Don’t forget Gold status on United will give you Gold Marriott status (executive lounge access)

  • I assume buying a coffee at one of their shops and adding your Marriott number would qualify even if you’re not staying with them? I know it works for Hyatt, but not sure if Marriott lets you do this. If so, it’s probably yet another way of keeping points alive.

  • Brian Gallagher says:

    Good to know. We just got the Chase Marriott Rewards card- so, we’re getting in the game with these points! I really appreciated the comments too. Thanks to all who posted.

  • Bertrand Say says:

    What constitute a qualifying activity?

  • Marcio Oliveira says:

    Thanks for information. I have Marriott points but never used.

  • Marriott has been an okay program for me. Let’s help there are more improvements with the SPG merger.

  • Thanks for the post. I didn’t know it’s got expiration. I love Marriott because one can get lounge access as a gold member even if I reserve their cheapest room .

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