Since Marriott and Starwood accounts can now be linked, and you can transfer points back and forth between accounts, I was curious about the process to see how it would work in practice. I learned three things when I made a transfer of 1000 Starwood points into 3000 Marriott points.
- Even though Marriott executives told me that points transfers would ‘take a few hours’ my transfer from Starwood to Marriott was instantly reflected in my Marriott account.
- The transfer did not count as qualifying activity in my Marriott account to extend the expiration of my Marriott Rewards points.
- However it appears that it was treated as a redemption with Starwood. At Starwood any account activity has served to extend the life of points in an account. While they don’t publish the date by which you need to have activity to extend points, and we can only go off of account activity date, it appears as though a transfer counts.