Found this on Loyalty Lobby this morning.
And on the Marriott site.
Airlines have been doing this for years with their FF accounts so not a big shock to see it happening and being enforced by Marriott.
Thanks for sharing this, IAHFLYR.
I don't doubt that the community will be discussing this as more of the forum becomes aware.
I got an email a few minutes ago informing me of this, but it did say in the message since Lifetime Platinum it won't affect my account. However; my wife got the same email and since she is Gold she will have to have activity showing so guess she will just have to book some meeting rooms!
What's bad is that Marriott is still touting this as a benefit. That's false advertising at best.
Marriott says you can transfer your points, but if you try, it has to be at a time when the person you're transferring it to is booking and they need the points to book.
The people at the rewards desk say that this has always been part of their policy but they're just now enforcing it. If that's so, then why are they still advertising that the points don't expire in their point sign up brochures?
I guess they're actually trying to do away with the program, but I don't really know the purpose. They know there are other brands out there.
I bought 100 K points for my husband's IHG acct. back in Feb or Mar while we were staying at a new Holiday Inn Orange Lake property at Cape Canaveral that was recently bought from the Ron Jon Resort.
I'd been worried about whether the $550 for them was too much until I saw what Marriott charged for their points. Then I later bought 120 K pts. for $625 because a person couldn't have bought more than a certain amount in a year.
Using your Marriott Amex card should keep the pts. safe, also.
Sorry. It's a Visa.
Right now, try to get the 80,000 points being offered if you buy so much in the first month, but it will be points to keep your Marriott acct. every year anyway. That may or may not be worth the renewal fee depending on how you want to use it.
It seems like it's Chase. It's on the sign in page making the offer.
I just read under the FAQ's it says:
Are any members exempt?
I'm a silver member, but how do you become a Lifetime Silver or a Lifetime Gold member?