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These loyalty programs have such a myriad of rules, and they differ from program to program. For instance, taking the big 4, Hilton started counting award nights a few years ago, SPG followed shortly after and IHG changed their scheme to count them last year. Marriott stands alone in not doing so. Mind you, Marriott instituted an (unpublished) lifetime program over a decade ago, SPG published its own version a few years ago and Marriott responded by tweaking their criteria and baking it into the program. Hilton has now just announced a lifetime scheme leaving IHG the sole refusenik! And of course, all the criteria differ between all the groups.
Hi 30Marine - As you already know, they don't, which is why, when I have more points "banked" than I can use in a reasonable time, I never used my points as it will keep me from the additional nights I need for lifetime Platinum. If you are close a lifetime level, I'd suggest that you continue to pay for your nights and collect the points.
And by the way, from your username, I'm assuming you are or were a Marine. Thank you for your service.