As you may know, Marriott recently announced that your Marriott Rewards points would be expiring on February 1, 2016, unless there was some activity on the account prior to that date. I do not have a lot of Marriott Rewards points, but I hate letting good points go to waste – especially if there is a quick and easy way to extend the expiration date of those points. Thankfully, there is a quick and easy way to extend the expiration date of your Marriott Rewards points.
Marriott Rewards requires that you earn or redeem your Marriott Rewards points at least once every 2 years to keep them active. Since I rarely stay at Marriott properties, I have around 10,000 Marriott Rewards points that I did not want to see go to waste. Marriott offers several ways to keep your points active:
The most intriguing option to me was the option to purchase points. As there is no minimum purchase of points required, a purchase of as little as 1,000 Marriott Rewards points will keep your account active.
It is important to remember that there are a few things such as gifting or transferring points that will not operate to keep your account active.
The process to buy Marriott Rewards points is pretty simple. All you need to do is log into your account and click the ‘Ways to maintain your active status’ link.
From there, click on the ‘Purchase points’ link.
Once you are on the ‘Buy, Share or Donate Points’ page, simply click the ‘Buy points’ link.
From there is it as simple as filling in your information and selecting the number of points you wish to purchase.
The purchase of as few as 1,000 Marriott Rewards points for $12.50 will keep your account active.
Once your transaction is complete, you will see a confirmation page confirming your purchase.
The purchases are through points.com, so you will not earn any additional bonus points from cards with a multiplier for travel purchases.
And it’s that easy!
This is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to keep your Marriott Rewards points active for another 2 years. I think $12.50 is a very small price to pay to keep your points active!
Will you be using this method to extend the expiration date on your Marriott Rewards points?