Marriott Extends Free Night Awards and Points Expiration Again
Update 5/7/21: Check your accounts and make sure the certificates were properly updated. Remember that the oldest certificates may not get updated since they are outside the approved dates.
There’s good news for Marriott Bonvoy members who have been scrambling to use their free night awards, or just aren’t ready to start traveling just yet. Marriott is extending free night awards through January of 2022. This is the third time that Marriott has extended the expiration on free night awards during the pandemic. Marriott is also pausing point expiration through March of next year. Let’s look at the details of these latest extensions.
Eligible Free Night Awards Extension
Marriott has announced that Eligible Free Night Awards redemption has been extended to January 3, 2022.
Effective May 7th, 2021 members who currently have a Free Night Award that has an original expiration date in 2020, or which will expire before January 2, 2022, as part of their cobrand credit card benefit, annual choice benefit, promotions or travel package will be able to redeem it through January 3, 2022. Free Night Awards with an original expiration date prior to 2020 will not be eligible for the additional extension.
Points Expiration is now paused until March 31, 2022. At that time, your points will only expire if your account has been inactive for at least 24 months. You have a few options to keep your account active if you don’t have any planned stays. You can take advantage of partner offers, or just use your Marriott Bonvoy® Credit Card.
- Eat Around Town: marrbnvy.com/EAT
- Tours & Activities: marrbnvy.com/Tours
- Use Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards
You can see the details posted here on the Marriott website.
This is great news for Marriot Bonvoy members who have free night awards. With the extra time, there’s no reason to stress just yet about burning them. You now have the option to use them throughout the summer, fall and early winter.
Let us know how this affects you, and whether it changes your plans for using the free night awards.