Understanding Hotel Points Expiration Policies

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Nobody wants their hotel points to expire, so understanding when your points expire and how long you have to use them is essential. The good news is that unlike airline miles a handful of hotel points do not expire. The loyalty programs that do put an expiration on points generally allow your account to be inactive for 12-24 months.

12 months



24 months

Club Carlson

Choice Privileges

4 years

Wyndham Rewards

No expiration

Marriott/Ritz-Carlton (with 24 months of inactivity Marriott can close account)

Priority Club

Starwood (with one qualifying activity per year)

Le Club Accorhotels (with one qualifying activity per year)

Best Western Rewards

The easiest way to keep all your points from expiring is by accruing points and keeping the account active. Other easy ways to keep your account active are to carry a co-branded credit card that earns points with every purchase or by transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards. Ultimate rewards points can be transferred to Priority Club, Marriott, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton. Amex Membership Rewards are transferable to Choice, Hilton, Best Western, and Starwood.

By using the shopping portals and dining rewards networks you can also keep your account active and earn more points.

The bottom line is to know when your points expire and to keep your account active so your points are there for you when you want to use them!

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About The Author

Rand Shoaf

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.

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