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Your ability to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another account is a great feature of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program. Not all hotel programs allow points transfers between members. Being able to pool your points makes it easy to work together for a single redemption or to take advantage of one person's elite status.
Even better, Marriott has made it easier to transfer points between members, releasing an online transfer tool. This is a massive improvement to the process, as you previously had to call Marriott to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another account. Before we walk you through how to transfer points, there are some key things you should know about Marriott Bonvoy points transfers.
Marriott Bonvoy Points Transfers – An Overview
Here is what you should know about transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to another account:
- You can transfer a maximum of 100,000 points per year from your account.
- You can receive a maximum of 500,000 points per year.
- The minimum transfer amount is 1,000 points.
- You must transfer in increments of 1,000 points.
- Both accounts involved in the transfer must be in good standing.
- Transfers are restricted to accounts that have been open for at least 90 days.
- When you transfer points to an inactive account, the transaction will go through, but the points will then be canceled!
One exception to the above requirements is in regard to accounts open less than 90 days. Accounts less than 30 days old aren't eligible to send or receive points. For accounts open longer than 30 days but fewer than 90 days, you can only initiate and receive transfers if some reward activity has been credited to the account. This includes a stay or any other points earning, such as from a Marriott Bonvoy credit card.
Do points transfers extend the expiry date of Marriott points?
Sadly, points transfers do not count as qualifying activity, which means that they do not extend the expiration date of your points. Similarly, gifted points will not extend the expiration of your Marriott Bonvoy points. However, purchasing Marriott Bonvoy points will extend the expiration of the points in your account.
Your Marriott Bonvoy points will expire after 24 months of inactivity. If your Marriott Bonvoy points are about to expire, you'll need to earn, redeem, or purchase points. You can find many ways to extend the expiration of your Marriott points.
Along these lines, make sure you don't transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to an inactive account. If you do, all the points will be lost!
Related: Do Marriott Bonvoy Points Expire?
How to Transfer Marriott Bonvoy Points to Another Account
Assuming your account is eligible to transfer points (based on the criteria above), here's how to initiate a Bonvoy points transfer. First, sign in using your Bonvoy account email and password at the points transfer page. You'll then see this screen:
Here, you'll enter the information for the person receiving the points. You'll need to provide their first and last name, Bonvoy number, and transfer amount. All of this must exactly match the receiving member's account details. Then, check the required confirmation, reading the fine print if you'd like. The gist of it is that you're relinquishing all rights to the points; they will become the recipient's. Finally, click the “Transfer Now” button.
Expect points transfers to take up to 24 hours. There is no fee to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another account.
Unlike some other programs, you cannot initiate transfers from the receiving or “pooling” account. Also, note that the Marriott Bonvoy app does not offer points transfer functionality; you'll have to use the website.
Can I call to transfer points?
Marriott isn't clear on this. I'd assume you can still call to transfer points, as this used to be the only way to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another member. However, the online tool makes things far easier, and this is what Marriott now directs you to use.
If there is an issue with a transfer, or the online tool isn't working, call Marriott Bonvoy Guest Services at the number listed in your account. Or call the main service line at 800-627-7468. Make sure you have both sets of account information handy.
When should you consider transferring Marriott points?
Here are four situations where you should consider transferring Marriott points to another account:
- When points are about to expire. This is when points in the sending account are about to expire. Maybe you have a friend or family member who has a small stash of Marriott points but rarely adds to them or uses them. If they are about to expire, they can transfer them to you. Just don't do the reverse, as sending points to an inactive or soon-to-be inactive account will cause you to lose points.
- Consolidating points for a redemption. Heading to an expensive resort that costs a ton of points? Consolidate points from multiple family members into one account to make a single redemption for your next vacation. This is useful when you are booking multiple rooms, also; you'll all be on one reservation.
- To take advantage of one person's elite status. If one person has Marriott Platinum status, for example, you can transfer points to their account to make the redemption. You'll then receive their elite status benefits, such as free breakfast and a potential room upgrade, during your stay. You can easily receive Marriott Bonvoy elite status through Marriott's suite of co-branded credit cards.
- To take advantage of the fifth night free. Have enough points for two nights of vacation in one spouse's account and enough for two nights in the other? Don't make two reservations! Transfer your points to the other person's account and take advantage of the “fifth night free” benefit. Whenever you book a five-night award stay, you'll pay for just four nights.
Marriott's points transfer policy is well positioned to avoid members abusing the transfer rules. The 100,000 limit for transfers from an account is enough to let you make a lower category redemption or top off accounts that are just a few thousand short of a travel goal. The 500,000 limit on receiving points enables families with points spread across multiple accounts to consolidate their points into a single account to redeem for an extended stay. Likewise, you can consolidate points to take advantage of one family member's Bonvoy elite status.
If you want to read the full details on Marriott points transfer, refer to Section 2.8 in the program terms and conditions at Marriott.com.
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