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When do your Marriott Bonvoy points expire? How can you stop it?

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I receive regular emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my Marriott Bonvoy points from expiring?’ or ‘When do my Marriott Bonvoy points expire?’.  This series looks at the major hotel loyalty programmes and shows you how to keep valuable points intact.

Marriott Bonvoy is the hotel loyalty scheme for AC Hotels, Aloft, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, Edition, Element, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Gaylord, Le Meridien, Marriott, Moxy, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites, W and Westin.

If you need to refer to this article in the future, there is a link to it on our ‘Hotel Offers’ page in the Marriott section. This also includes details of current Marriott Bonvoy promotions.

When do Marriott Bonvoy points expire?

According to clause 1.6 of the Marriott Bonvoy terms and conditions here:

Members must remain active in the Loyalty Program to retain Points they accumulate.  If a Member Account is inactive for twenty-four (24) consecutive months, that Member Account will forfeit all accumulated Points.  Members can remain active in the Loyalty Program and retain accumulated Points by earning Points or Miles in the Loyalty Program or redeeming Points in the Loyalty Program at least once every twenty-four (24) months, subject to the exceptions described below.  If a Member does not maintain an active status for five (5) consecutive years, the Member’s Account may be deactivated.  Once Points are forfeited, the Points cannot be reinstated, but a Member can earn new Points, unless that Member’s Account has been deactivated.

i.      Not all Points activities help maintain active status in the Loyalty Program.  The following activities do not count toward maintaining an active status in the Loyalty Program:

A.      Gifting or transferring Points; however, converting Points to Miles or Miles to Points does count toward maintaining an active status;

B.      Receiving Points as a gift or transfer; or

C.      Earning Points through social media programs, such as #MarriottBonvoyPoints

How does Marriott Bonvoy define ‘earning or redeeming points’?

The key point is that YOU DO NOT NEED TO STAY AT A HOTEL TO KEEP YOUR POINTS ALIVE. You simply need to have some activity go through your account.

Marriott has a very lenient policy (you only need one item of activity every two years) so there is no reason why you should lose your points.

JW Marriott Venice main building

There are various ways of achieving this if you live in the UK:

Earning points

Buy Marriott Bonvoy points – $12.50 gets you 1,000 points and your problem is solved.  Note that a reader was told in 2021 that you need a minimum purchase of 2,000 points for this to work although the terms and conditions do not say this.

Credit a Hertz or Sixt car rental to Marriott

Refer a friend to Marriott Bonvoy who completes a stay – you earn 2,000 points

Transfer some American Express Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy (the ratio is 2:3)

Taking out the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cardour full SPG Amex review is here

Spending points

The easiest way to trigger some spend activity would appear to be to book and then cancel a redemption night. This should count as activity.  However, comments from our readers in the past have suggested that this does not work, at least if the cancellation is done immediately after booking.

Transfer some points into an airline loyalty scheme.  The minimum transfer is 3,000 points.

Redeem points for cash credit when staying at a Marriott hotel (although if you had a stay, you would be earning points from it anyway unless you booked via an intermediary such as Expedia)

Transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points to another person.  You can transfer up to 100,000 points per year to another person, so if your partner has an active account you might as well just transfer your points to them.  There is no charge for transfers but you need to call Marriott Bonvoy to arrange them. You need to transfer all of your points because the transfer itself is not ‘activity’ and will not stop any remaining points expiring.

As you can see, there is no excuse at all for letting Marriott Rewards points expire – just spend $25 on buying 2,000 points.

How to be notified of upcoming miles and points expiry dates

If you want to track the expiry dates of all of your miles and points, I recommend signing up to AwardWallet for free. It keeps all of your points balances, including non-travel loyalty schemes, in one place and updates them automatically.

If you pay for the premium version ($30 per year) it also tracks your all expiry dates and emails you when points are about to expire.  On the free plan, you can track the expiry date for three loyalty schemes of your choice.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

EDIT: Until 8th November 2022, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 points!

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER) and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (24)

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  • Anna says:

    A bit confused, Rob, you recommend transferring points to keep them alive, however the Marriott rules quoted above says this is not the case? (Though it’s early and I may have read it wrong!)

    • Peter K says:

      +1

      • Rob says:

        I was saying transfer them out to a friend before they expire – ie move the lot.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Are you mixing up transferring MR from your AMEX and transferring to someone else?

      The first is qualifying the second of you transferred all your points to someone else their account would have needed to have qualifying spend in the past 24 months or they would expire too

  • Tony says:

    Or you can dine in one of their hotels then show your membership number when paying for bill

    • RussellH says:

      Does that still work? It was an SPG thing, not a Marriott thing, and since the merger I have not been able to find any info on it. Not that that means it is not there of course!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Old SPG brands still participate and I think all Marriott in Asia Pacific

  • RakishDriver says:

    Any smidge of a hint of a Marriott credit card in the UK anytime soon?
    Amex SPG is surely disappearing sooner rather than later.

  • Bertster says:

    The list of brands is missing Moxy. And possibly Bulgari?

  • Neil says:

    You forgot to mention that for those with lifetime statuses, points never expire

  • Binks says:

    Thanks for the article Rob. I was asking myself Thais precise question the article is addressing just the other day. Plan is transfer my wife’s points to my account over the next mont or so.

    Q: is there a limit to the number of points transfer someone can receive from friends and family in a give year? For example can I receive a batch of 39k from one person and 50k from another?

    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      There is a 100k send limit, unsure if there is a receive limit but it would be over 100k if it existed.

      • Binks says:

        Thanks Rob 😎. I may call up Marriott Bonvoy and pose the question.

      • Nick says:

        this reminds me – i have a bone to pick with marriott. In order to do teh transfer you need to give them a call. the only number listed was a US number, but Marriott told me that it would be toll free from any country. They were wrong, and the call cost about £15. The transfer was, though, instant which is a good thing.

  • Binks says:

    I am looking for some guidance. I am about to spend £8k on a family holiday and wondering what cc to use given all the recent Amex changes have impacted my original plan.

    I have the Amex gold cc and plat cash back card. I previously had the IHG Plat card and after receiving my free voucher cancelled it in early Feb. I have c290k Amex MR points, 170k virgin miles, 230k IHG points and 40k Marriott points. I would be eligible for anAmex sign up bonuses. I also the basic Virgin FC cc – I had the old virgin Amex from MBNA and applied when they scrapped their card.

    I have been thinking bout Virgin FC premium cc however don’t think if I’d get accepted as I’ve been rejected twice already.

    I was thinking maybe use my wife’s Amex SPG card and accumulate some more Marriott Bonvoy points.

    Ideally I’d like to minimise the cc fee. Be great to hear thoughts from the HfP community.

    I should also add I do not have any immediate plans to use my points however thinking next year may take a trip using Singapore airlines one way business class to KL, after a week or so take a connecting flight to HK and fly back upper class with virgin (given the benefits of the low fees when redeeming points).

  • Michael says:

    So as long as i’m spending on my SPG card im fine?

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