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Marriott Will Extend The Validity Of Select Free Night Certificates & RC Upgrades

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With it looking increasingly likely that international travel won’t be an option for a lot of people until July at the very earliest, and with parts of the world announcing new lockdown measures, Marriott has taken the positive step of confirming that it will be extending the validity of some Marriott Bonvoy free night certificates and the validity of some Ritz-Carlton upgrade certificates.

Free Night Certificate Extensions

This is what Marriott has confirmed:

  • Free night certificates whose original expiry date was in 2020 and whose current expiry date is 1 August 2021 (because Marriott already extended their validity at least once) will have their expiry date pushed back to 3 January 2022.
  • All free night certificates whose expiry date shows a date in 2021 will have their expiry date pushed back to 3 January 2022.
  • These extensions apply to all free night certificates that meet the conditions outlined above regardless of how they were earned,
  • Marriott will process the extensions on/by 6 May 2021.
  • Marriott will not be re-extending the validity of any free night certificates that were set to expire pre-2020.

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Ritz-Carlton Upgrade Certificate Extensions

Those of us who hold the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card (which is no longer open to new applicants) are given 3 upgrade certificates per year to use exclusively at Ritz-Carlton properties. Following an exchange on Twitter, the Marriott Bonvoy team has confirmed (to me) that these certificates will also have their expiration date extended to 3 January 2022.

Marriott extended the validity of any Ritz-Carlton certificates that were issued in 2020 back in December, so this will be the second time that those certificates have had their expiration dates pushed back.

Marriott Extends Its Moratorium On Points Expirations

Marriott Bonvoy points usually expire following 24 months of inactivity but that policy was suspended through 31 August 2021 almost as soon as a pandemic was declared. Part-way through last summer, Marriott realized that the pandemic wasn’t going away and extended the suspension through January 2021 before announcing yet another extension on suspensions (though 1 August 2021) at the end of last October.

Now Marriott has confirmed that Bonvoy Points will not expire before 31 March 2022.

To be clear, if your account contains Bonvoy Points and has been dormant for 24 months or longer when 31 March 2022 rolls around, Marriott will expire all of your points. The good news is that, outside of staying at a Marriott property, there are a number of easy ways to generate some points activity in a Marriott Bonvoy account:

There’s no real reason that you should ever allow a Marriott Bonvoy points balance to expire and now that Marriott is temporarily pausing expirations through 31 March 2022 Bonvoy members have plenty of time to generate the required activity.

Bottom Line

Marriott Bonvoy members who currently have one or more free night certificates that have a 2021 expiration date (and which were not originally set to expire before 2020) will be able to redeem those awards through 3 January 2022. Marriott has also confirmed that Ritz-Carlton upgrade certificates will also have their expiration dates extended to 3 January 2022 and that Bonvoy Points expirations will now be paused through 31 March 2022.

For Your Consideration

Successful new applicants for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card can currently earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after they spend $3,000 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months of card membership. The card allows all cardholders to earn bonus elite nights from the spending they put on the card and it continues to offer the highest earnings rate available for spending at Marriott properties worldwide.

Our Favorite Benefits:

  • 6 Bonvoy Points/dollar at Marriott properties worldwide
  • An annual free night certificate (worth 35,000 points) every account anniversary
  • 15 elite night credits each calendar year
  • Earn 1 elite night credit for every $5,000 spent
  • No foreign transaction fees

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