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Marriott: Read Marriott Rewards Points Expiration Guidelines


This is how I keep my MR Points from expiring.  How about you? Helpful Ideas desired for sharing.


1. Take you reservation email and turn it into a calendar event.  You can do this manually or have your email account do it automatically.  I use Google services as much as possible for the integration benefits it provides.  So, to do this using Google Calendar automatically, just open Google Calendar and navigate to the settings.  Next, select the "Events from Gmail" section from the General Options. Finally, place a checkmark next to the "Add automatically" from the Events from Gmail options.  Your done.  Now every time your reservation email goes into your Gmail account it automatically adds it to your Google Calendar. This also allows you to easily look up your reservations and your last stay at a Marriott.  Now your ready to setup a reminder.


2. Set a reminder to use your points before they expire.  Look up your last stay in your Calendar.  Now make a new Reminder about 700 days into the future from this date. That gives you about a month advance notice to either use or initiate another account activity in order to extend your points. The current expiration interval is 2 years or about 730 days give or take a day for leap year.  You have a lot of different options for setting up reminders.  Several popular options include Google Keep, Evernote, and Microsoft OneNote, or any other general purpose to-do application will be fine. The key is to set the reminder once and update that same reminder after each stay.


3. Another way is to simply set a reminder in your favorite electronic notes/to-do app to check your Marriott Rewards account 30 days prior to points expiration.


Regardless of the method used, they key is to set your reminder so that you don't loose your points.  A great time to do this is upon check-out of your last stay.


I hope the content of this post motivates members to discover what works best for them in their daily routine in order to use your points before they expire.


Now set that reminder.....

Just got the notice in the mail a few minutes ago.  I have the Black Card with a relatively low interest rate.  Here is what they said...


We are making changes to your cardholder agreement.  We are changing the APR on your account because your account has an APR below the lowest APRs we currently offer on similar accounts.  These changes will impact your account as of April 27, 2018.  Your new APR will be 17.24%.


Well that's a new one on me.  Raising my rate on this old card just because its too low as compared to the newer cards.  What about my good credit and payment history?  Typically, it only goes up on most other cards because of bad credit or payment history.  Now this poor excuse to sock it to customers..


Well, I only use this card for business travel and it gets paid off every two weeks so I guess they are out of luck with me but seems very unfair to everyone who owns this card with or without a monthly balance!


Yes, the new rate only applies to new purchases after April 27, 2018 and yes you can reject the changes by closing your account but I like the card and I make a lot of extra points using this card for business travel.


Still feels like Chase is sticking it to all of us who have owned the card for a long time and have a good credit history just because they can!


Anyone else got this notice?