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Extend Mileage Expiration with 1 Point: SPG/Marriott Platinums

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Have a frequent flyer account that expires? Accounts like American Airlines AAdvantage and United MileagePlus will expire on you after varying inactivity periods. But if you are currently either SPG Platinum or Marriott Platinum, you can easily avoid this fate.

Before the August 1st SPG/Marriott program alignment date, all SPG Platinums (which includes all linked Marriott Platinums) can transfer as little as ONE STARPOINT to any of their frequent flyer partners – which is a laundry list of programs. Transferring just one point is a published benefit of SPG Platinum. It’s useful for topping off a balance (imagine you have 24,985 points in a program that requires 25,000 for an award) and it’s also super useful to keep a frequent flyer balance alive when it requires “any activity” to do so.

I don’t believe this opportunity will continue to exist after August 1st, though it’s possible that it will.

Just make sure you check the terms of the program you are transferring to as some programs like Singapore Airlines, for example, simply expire your points after a defined time since earning them and cannot be extended.

Have you used this SPG benefit before or do you plan to now? Let me know here, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

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