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Point Expiration Policies For The Major Hotel Brands (Updated November 2021)

by joeheg

It seems like we’re back at this every couple of months. Some hotels extend points for a long time while others only issue extensions for a few months. Back in the middle of the year, it seemed like travel was rebounding but with the increase in cases from the Delta variant, many travelers (both leisure and business) put travel on the back burner once again. In response, several hotel chains just issued point extensions into 2022.

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

To provide you ample time to redeem Marriott Bonvoy Points, the expiration of Points is paused until December 31, 2022 (previously March 31, 2022). At that time, your Marriott Bonvoy 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 have extended points expiry until December 31, 2022 for Club members (points normally expire after 12 months of inactivity). 

Hyatt

Normal point expiration – 24 months

UPDATED June 15, 2021: We are further suspending the forfeiture of points through December 31, 2021. As a result of our extensions, this means that any member without qualifying activity for 24 or more months as of December 31, 2021 will forfeit their points in January 2022.  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, 2022, giving you more flexibility to use your Points for your return to travel.

Wyndham

Normal point expiration – 18 months

We are pausing the expiration of any Wyndham Rewards points until December 31, 2021.  

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. For Elite members, points forfeiture will remain paused through December 31, 2021. This update will allow Choice Privileges members more time to redeem points and achieve greater flexibility when planning future travel.

You’re reading that right. If you’re not an Elite member and had Choice points with no activity within 18 months of 12/31/2020, your points went POOF! Check your account!

Radisson

Normal point expiration – 24 months

Radisson now has two programs. One for US members and one for the rest of the world. The point expiration policies are the same for both.

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

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

M life Rewards point and Express Comp expirations due to inactivity as set forth in Rule 16 have been suspended from March 18, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

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

Final Thoughts

Marriott Bonvoy, IHG and Hilton have put off points expiration until the end of 2022 while Wyndham, Radisson and Hyatt are still saying points will start to expire at the end of 2021. Hyatt’s trend has been to extend points for six-month increments, so I wouldn’t be surprised for them to extend through June 2022. However, since the other big chains have already extended through 2022, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them match the other programs. Wyndham has also let the expiration date get very close before extending in the past, so who knows what they’re planning.

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1 comment

Oliver November 2, 2021 - 12:16 pm

I am still waiting for Hyatt to extend the expiration of FNCs.

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