coupons, my understanding is that you must have some qualifying activity every 2 years, or your points expire. Earning points, or using them, is considered qualifying activity, including use of the Marriott branded credit card. That said, I think they reload a refreshed expiration date into your profile once every week or two, or maybe billing period (when you earn more points), so that might explain your expiry date gap in your account from current date.
The expiration has been around a long time, but was just introduced as truly enforced in the last year or two. I want to say February of this past year... Marriott's expiration period is twice as long as other key competitor programs. Once you hit lifetime platinum, the expiration date requirement goes away altogether. All you need is qualifying activity: make a stay, earn points, burn points etc and the clock resets. I hope this helps!
Below is an excerpt from the Terms & Conditions (Paragraph 8)
POINTS EXPIRATION POLICY: Members must remain active in the Rewards Programs to retain Points they accumulate. If a Member is not active for 24 consecutive months, that Member will forfeit all accumulated Points. The Rewards Program will start enforcing this policy on February 1, 2016. Members can remain active in the Rewards Programs and retain accumulated Points by earning Points or Miles in the Rewards Programs or redeeming Points in the Rewards Programs at least once every 24 months, subject to the exceptions described below.
If a Member does not maintain an active status for five consecutive years, the Member's account may be deactivated. Once Points have been forfeited, the Points cannot be reinstated, but a Member can earn new Points, unless that Member's account is deactivated too.
Message was edited by: nationwide to add the applicable terms and conditions for ease of reference
Spot on expertise nationwide, thanks!! To echo whats said above, keeping your Marriott Rewards Credit Card Active will also keep your Rewards account active. The expiration date will update each month on or around when your MRCC credits have posted to your account. This is usually within 10 business days of when payment is received. If you would like, coupons, I can take a look and provide clarity on your most up to date expiration date, just let me know.
tker thanks I am aware of that. My point is that sentence on our rewards page only mentions two options:
book a stay
Those of us in the know understand that using the credit card is considered activity on the account. This is not stated in the info provided on our rewards account
Re: purchasing points if you follow the sentence it does not say buy points, it says use points
Your account will remain active and points won’t expire as long as you stay or use some of your points by 12/21/18
To Carat and Nationwide
I am aware of using the credit card. I am pointing out that the following wording "Your account will remain active and points won’t expire as long as you stay or use some of your points by 12/21/18" does not state the credit card as a means of keeping an account active. This statement is part of the activity listed on your Marriott Rewards account.
People who may not be familiar with all the options would think that they needed to stay at a property or use points to remain active
coupons, you are right. And, I suspect that's exactly what Marriott would prefer people do. It's no small wonder that credit card activity is in the fine print, right? Of course, what you are referring to is one of the many thoughtful gentle reminders Marriott offers us on a host of topics. It's up to us to read and know the terms and conditions in the fine print. You are on to them! Good eye!
One more point:
the statement is listed under activity in you reward account; once you scroll down to the bottom of that page in very small print you will find:
Rewards Terms And Conditions
Keeping Your Account Active - Marriott Rewards Points Expiration
when you click the link, you then find the complete info regarding account activity
this link should be included as the third option in the sentence: Your account will remain active and points won’t expire as long as you stay or use some of your points by 12/21/18, so that people new to the program understand how to keep the account active
coupons, one more thought that I didn't mention earlier... not everyone has a credit card. In fact, it's but a percentage of the rewards membership that actually carries the card. The guidance is intended to hit the center of the audience, and not account for every possibility. So, now that I have reread your concerns, I think that issue has more to do with the matter at hand. They couldn't possibly list every points related issue in that limited space.... think about all the MVCI ownership permutations they would have to consider. As is, it's covered, in the fine print of course. I don't really think they are out to mislead anyone. There are a lot of issues to cover.
Happy New Year!
First and foremost Happy New Year
It wouldn't be a terrible thing to add the link where it states how to keep account active; so the sentence would read
Your account will remain active and points won’t expire as long as you stay, use some of your points; please click Keeping Your Account Active - Marriott Rewards Points Expiration