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Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies and terms, so today I wanted to roundup the terms of hotel loyalty programs.

Although most airline miles and mileage accounts expire with no qualifying activity, the good news with hotel points is that many of the major programs out there have no points expiration terms, so your points remain safe even if you don’t have any qualifying activity.

That said, even if you accrue points to a program that does impose expiration terms, there are still plenty of ways to keep your accounts active, whether it’s carrying a co-branded credit card that earns hotel points, transferring points in from a program like Amex Membership Rewards (Best Western, Choice, Hilton, Starwood) or Chase Ultimate Rewards (Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Priority Club).

You can also check out this post on shopping portals and this post on dining rewards networks for more ideas about how to track your points and keep them from expiring so you can put them to use when you need them.

Here is a quick list of the major hotel programs and their expiration time frames, and then below you can read the details for each.

Best Western Rewards No expiration
Choice Privileges 24 months
Club Carlson 24 months
Hilton 12 months
Hyatt 12 months
Le Club Accorhotels No expiration with activity once per year
Marriott/Ritz-Carlton 24 months
Priority Club No expiration
Starwood No expiration with activity once per 12 months
Wyndham Rewards 18 months with no activity, and 4 years overall

Best Western Rewards: Best Western Rewards points do not expire for members of the North American club, which includes members who reside in North, Central and South America, Asia and South Africa.

Choice Privileges: Choice Privileges points expire on December 31, two years after the year in which they were deposited into your account unless forfeited or canceled earlier due to membership inactivity or otherwise in accordance to these rules and regulations.

Club Carlson: Gold Points do not have an expiration date as long as your account remains active by earning or redeeming within a 24-month period.

Hilton: Hilton HHonors points do not expire as long as members remain active in the program. To keep an account active, members can stay at one of Hilton Worldwide’s hotels, or earn or redeem HHonors points within 12 months.

Hyatt: If an account is left inactive for more than 12 calendar months, the account may be deleted and all points in the account forfeited.

LeClub Accorhotels: The points never expire and can be extended indefinitely as long as Le Club Accorhotels member stays in a participating Accor hotel at least once a year.

Marriott: A Membership Account may be closed at the Company’s discretion if no Points or Miles are accrued during a 24-month period. All Points in the Membership Account will be forfeited at that time.

Priority Club: Priority Club Rewards points never expire.

Starwood: Your points won’t expire as long as you show account activity once per year. An SPG Member is considered “Inactive” if during a 12 month period: (a) the SPG Member has not had an Eligible Stay at an SPG Participating Hotel; (b) the SPG Member has not earned or redeemed any Starpoints, or (c) the SPG Member’s account has been cancelled.

Wyndham Rewards: Wyndham Rewards points expire four (4) years after being posted to the Member’s account, unless the points are forfeited or cancelled earlier due to membership inactivity or otherwise in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. All accrued points in a Member’s Wyndham Rewards account may be cancelled or forfeited if the Member has no Account Activity for a period of eighteen (18) consecutive months.

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