It is important to know your points expire in order to avoid losing a large stockpile of points. Most programs will allow you to renew the expiration date of your points by earning, transferring, or redeeming points. If you need some ideas on how to earn points for a specific program, visit our “Earning Points” page for each major airline or hotel (e.g., our Hilton Hotels Earning Points page). You can also sometimes extend the life of the points by booking a hotel night with points and canceling it, which redeposits the points.
Points earned from a hotel credit card will not expire by closing the card, because the points are transferred from the card automatically at the close of each statement.
Hotel Expiration Date Ways to Extend Best Western Never N/A Choice 18 months Earn or redeem 1 point Club Carlson 18 months Earn or redeem 1 point Hilton 12 months Earn or redeem 1 point Hyatt 24 months Earn or redeem 1 point IHG 12 months Earn or redeem 1 point Marriott/Ritz 24 months Earn or redeem 1 point Starwood 12 months Earn or redeem 1 point Wyndham 48 months (but 18 months if no activity on account) Not possible beyond 48 months, but you need to earn or use one point per 18 months for account to be active.