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During the recent Marriott/SPG merger, Marriott updated its policy for transferring points between Marriott Rewards accounts. The previous policy allowed members to transfer up to 50,000 points per year, with an exception for one-time transfers that were to be used immediately for a redemption. The updated policy is now hard-coded into the system and allows you to transfer up to 100,000 points per year to another Marriott member, and Marriott has done away with the one-time transfers.
The Fastest Way Of Increasing Your Marriott Rewards Account Balance
Marriott makes it simple to earn a substantial number of rewards points through stays and points promotions. If you find a fantastic deal that you have to book, but don't have enough points to make it work, there are a couple of ways to fast track your points earning efforts significantly, the first of which is to apply for one of the Marriott co-brand credit cards.
Possibly the fastest way to increase your points balance, however, is to transfer points from another account, typically from a friend or family member. A common side effect of collecting points and miles is that it rarely happens alone. When you announce to family and friends you have booked a seven-night stay in a 5-star hotel, flying first class, and it cost you little out of pocket, most of us wind up educating our families and sometimes our entire social circles on collecting points and miles.
Note: You are not required to have all the points in your account at the time of booking the award stay. You can book the award using an e-certificate giving you time to transfer points (which can take a few days to make it into your account).
Transferring Marriott Rewards Points To Another Account
Marriott Rewards will let you transfer up to 100,000 points per year to any Marriott account you choose, provided that account is in good standing and has been open a minimum of 60 days.
“…Members can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 Points per calendar year between any two accounts in good standing that have each been open for at least sixty (60) days, whether sending or receiving Points.”
If your account has been open less than 60 days, you can still initiate or receive a transfer if the account is at least 30 days old and you have rewards activity in your account such as a qualifying stay or other points earning activity.
Prior to the SPG merger, Marriott members could also initiate a one-time transfer that exceeded the annual transfer limit, provided the points were redeemed immediately for a free night award. AwardWallet has confirmed with Marriott Rewards that this is no longer the case, and the 100,000 point limit on transfers is a hard cap. You can receive transfers from multiple accounts, up to 500,000 points per year, but you can no longer exceed the 100,000 point transfer limit when sending points from your account to other members.
To initiate a transfer, call Marriott Rewards Guest Services on 1-801-468-4000 (it pays to have both sets of account information handy).
Do Points Transfers Extend the Expiry Date of Marriott Points?
At the beginning of 2016, Marriott updated the points expiration policy to exclude transfers as a qualifying activity, meaning members that don't have any qualifying activity for 24 months will forfeit all accumulated points in their account. It is important to note two of the events here that do not count towards maintaining active account status.
- Gifting or transferring points to another account
- Receiving gifted or transferred points
See our extended post on Marriott Rewards points expiration for all the details.
Marriott's points transfer policy has been well thought out to avoid members abusing the transfer rules. The 100,000 limit for transfers from an account is enough for lower category redemptions and topping off accounts that are just a few thousand short of a travel goal. And 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, or, to take advantage of one family members' elite status.
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