Concerned about your Marriott Bonvoy points expiring before you have a chance to use them?
As with most loyalty programs, Marriott points are use them or lose them — but you should have plenty of time to complete an activity that keeps your points and account active.
Here's what you need to know about Marriott's point expiration policy and how to keep Marriott Bonvoy points from expiring.
As a general rule, Marriott Bonvoy points expire after 24 months of account inactivity. That means if you don't perform qualifying activities for 24 consecutive months, your points will be forfeit.
According to the Marriott Bonvoy terms and conditions, you must earn miles or points in the Marriott Bonvoy program or redeem points at least once every 24 months to keep your point from expiring.
Unlike some loyalty programs, certain points activities do not count toward maintaining an active account status.
Note that any award stays you redeem before your points are forfeited will remain valid even if the award wasn't fulfilled yet.
This isn't likely to affect many people as it would mean booking a stay more than 24 months in advance.
Not all Marriott Bonvoy points expire, though. Marriott Bonvoy members who achieve Lifetime Elite Membership never need to worry about points expiring.
Points do not expire if you have any of these Marriott Bonvoy accounts:
Fortunately, Marriott Bonvoy gives you a full two years to earn or redeem Marriott points before your points expire.
There are also plenty of activities that qualify as account activity. You don't even need to stay at a Marriott hotel to keep your Marriott Bonvoy points from expiring.
If you aren't very active in the Marriott Bonvoy program, make sure you opt into Marriott Bonvoy rewards communications. You will receive notification in the form of an email to give you a warning when your points are at risk of being forfeited.
Here are the ways you can keep your Marriott Bonvoy account active and continue earning points toward free Marriott stays.
The most obvious way to keep your account active is booking and completing a paid stay at a hotel or resort in the Marriott Bonvoy program.
Note: simply booking and then canceling your reservation won't count as a qualifying activity; you need to actually complete a qualifying award or paid stay.
You can book and complete a stay at any property in the Marriott Bonvoy program. You can learn more about participating brands in the full guide to Marriott's hotel brands.
Simply keeping a Marriott Bonvoy credit card open isn't enough to keep your Marriott account active. But, using your card for any purchase to earn Marriott points will be enough to keep your points from expiring.
The easiest way to keep your Marriott Bonvoy points active is by using one of the Marriott Bonvoy cards to make a purchase.
Here are our recommended Marriott credit cards that will earn points with every purchase:
The Marriott Bonvoy credit cards (and The Platinum Card® from American Express Terms Apply; Rates and Fees, for that matter) also offer automatic Marriott elite status, but elite status is separate from point expiration.
You can keep your Marriott account active by transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to an airline partner but there is a minimum you must transfer.
With most airline programs, the transfer ratio is 3 Marriott points to 1 mile and you generally need to transfer at least 3,000 points.
You can learn more about converting Marriott points to miles in the guide to redeeming Marriott points.
As an alternative to converting Marriott points, you can also keep your Marriott points from expiring by transferring miles or points from other programs into Marriott Bonvoy.
This includes Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Diners Club Rewards, and more than 40 airline partners.
If you have any of these Chase credit cards you can transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy:
Plus if you have any of these cards in combination with a premium Ultimate Rewards earning credit card listed above, you can also transfer points to Ultimate Reward's transfer partners:
From American Express, these cards earn Membership Rewards points that you can transfer to Marriott Bonvoy:
You can keep your Marriott points from expiring by earning Marriott points with partners or through Marriott.
Here are some options:
Learn more about ways to earn points in our full guide to earning Marriott Bonvoy points.
If none of the above options work, you can still keep your Marriott account active with these options:
There are several points activities that won't count as a qualifying activity to keep your account active. Some of these are counterintuitive so make sure you know which activities will and won't count to keep your points from expiring.
Marriott Bonvoy currently does not offer a way to reinstate expired Marriott points. Hilton Honors and other programs, on the other hand, allow you to reinstate your points for a fee.
According to Marriott Bonvoy's terms and conditions, forfeited points will only be returned if they were forfeited in error.
Marriott points expire after 24 months of inactivity on your account.
You can prevent Marriott points from expiring by:
You need to check the date of your last Marriott activity to determine when your points expire. You can also call Marriott customer service to verify when your points will expire without qualifying activity.
Unfortunately, Marriott Bonvoy policy is points cannot be reinstated once they expire.