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Updated Point Expiration Policies For The Major Hotel Brands (Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, etc.)

by joeheg

Most of the worldwide hotel chains have a policy where your account becomes inactive if you don’t have any account activity over a certain time-frame. If you allow that to happen, the points in their loyalty program are lost. That was fine in a pre-COVID-19 travel world, but with many people staying home for various reasons, members of these programs would see their points disappear.

That’s a bad look for any company during a pandemic, so hotel loyalty programs have been amending their points expiration policies, pausing account expiration until an arbitrary future date. Some hotels extended for a few months while others went until the end of the year. We’re only two months from the end of 2020 and cases in the US are spiking again. Even if you planned to travel before the end of the year, you might be second-guessing those trips.

Not surprisingly, Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors, two of the largest hotel loyalty programs, have extended the points expiration date in their programs until the latter part of 2021. Other hotel brands have done the same. If you’ve lost track, here’s an updated list of the amended expiration policies from the major hotel programs.

Marriott Bonvoy

Normal point expiration – 2 years

Points Expiration: To provide you ample time to redeem points, the expiration of points will be paused until August 1, 2021. At that time, your points will only expire if your account has been inactive for at least 24 months.

IHG

Normal point expiration – 12 months

  • Points never expire for all members with Elite status (Gold, Platinum and Spire) – a key benefit of our program
  • We paused points expiry until December 31, 2020 for Club members (points normally expire after 12 months of inactivity).

Hyatt

Normal point expiration – 24 months

We are suspending the forfeiture of points through June 30, 2021. As a reminder, our general policy is that points do not expire, but they will be forfeited if a member’s account is inactive for 24 months.

Hilton

Normal point expiration – 12 months

We’re extending Points expiration to December 31, 2021, giving you more flexibility to use your Points when you’re ready to travel again.

Wyndham

Normal point expiration – 18 months

We are pausing the expiration of any Wyndham Rewards points until December 31, 2020.

Choice Hotels

Normal point expiration – 18 months

We know you have a lot on your mind during this period of uncertainty as it relates to COVID-19. That’s why we have paused Choice Privileges points expiration for our most loyal customers until December 31, 2020. This update will allow Choice Privileges members more time to redeem points and achieve greater flexibility when planning future travel.

Radisson

Normal point expiration – 24 months

We are extending our pause on the expiration of Radisson Rewards points. Any points that were set to expire between March 1, 2020 and March 30, 2021 will now expire on March 31, 2021, if the account remains inactive.

Best Western

Best Western points never expire, so there was no need to issue a point expiration extension.

MLife

We don’t want you to miss out on redeeming any Points or Express Comps that may expire during the closures. As a result, we have suspended Point and Express Comp expirations through September 30, 2020.

I can’t find anywhere that MLife extended this date past the end of September.

Final Thoughts

Hilton Honors is out in front of the other programs, extending point expiration through the end of 2021. This will keep them from having to extending the date every few months. Points with IHG, Choice and Wyndham all are set to expire at the end of the year. The latter two have been issuing rolling extensions every three months, so if they extend again it will most likely be through the end of March 2021.

It would have been nice if the hotel loyalty programs go to a true “points never expire” system like many airlines. However, they’ve all continued to offer extensions to the points expiration policy which I feel will continue until they start to see people traveling again.

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1 comment

Randy October 27, 2020 - 3:31 pm

My Hilton shows points normally expire after 15 months, not 12.

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