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Gone are the days of waiting on hold listening to awful music to transfer Marriott points to a friend or family member. Using a new online tool, you can transfer points between Marriott Bonvoy accounts. The new functionality makes transferring points a breeze and should save you time!
Marriott Bonvoy Points Transfers Overview
- You can transfer a maximum of 100,000 points per year from your account.
- The minimum transfer amount is 1,000 points.
- You can receive a maximum of 500,000 points per year.
- Both accounts involved in the transfer must be in good standing.
- You can only freely transfer points between 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!
The only exception to the above concerns accounts open less than 90 days. Accounts less than 30 days aren't eligible to send or receive points. For accounts open longer than 30 days but less than 90 days, you can only initiate and receive transfers as long as some reward activity has been credited to the account — like a stay or any other points earning.
One thing to remember is if your Marriott Bonvoy points are about to expire, initiating a transfer or receiving a points transfer will not count toward resetting your points' validity.
To learn more, you can check out our post on transferring points between Marriott Bonvoy accounts.
How Marriott Bonvoy Point Transfers Work
Transferring points is remarkably simple and involves a few simple steps.
- Log into your Marriott Bonvoy account at the points transfer page.
- Enter the first and last name of the receipt Marriott Bonvoy account holder.
- Enter their Marriot Bonvoy account number, and then reenter it for confirmation.
- Enter the number of points you want to transfer — up to a maximum of 100,000 points per year.
- Click “Transfer Now,” and you are done.
When Should You Transfer Points?
Transferring points can make a lot of sense in many situations, including:
- If you have points that are about to expire, and a friend or family member can use them, why let them go to waste?
- Consolidating points from multiple accounts, family or otherwise, for a massive redemption.
- Ensuring that the person holding the highest Marriott Bonvoy elite status makes the booking to receive additional perks and benefits.
Boosting Your Marriott Bonvoy Points Balance
If you want to boost your Marriott Bonvoy points balance, you can earn points with co-brand Marriott credit cards. You earn Marriott points for everyday spending and on Marriott stays paid for with your co-brand Marriott Bonvoy card. However, the earning rates vary by card. All of the following cards earn you Marriott Bonvoy points.
- Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card: Earn 125,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card: Earn three bonus Free Night Awards
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card: Earn two 85K Free Night Awards
- Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card: Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card: Earn 30,000 Marriott bonus points
This is excellent news from Marriott. Any time that a process is made quicker and more convenient is always welcome. However, one thing to note is there is no indication if the process is fully automated or if, after you initiate the transfer, some human steps must be taken to finalize the process. Only time will tell once people start making transfers and seeing how things work.
Are you going to use the Marriott online transfer tool? Let us know in the comment below.
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