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FAQ: When will my starpoints expire? 2007 onwards discussion

FAQ: When will my starpoints expire? 2007 onwards discussion

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Old Dec 31, 06, 1:46 pm
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point expiration

can spg points ever expire?
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Old Dec 31, 06, 3:24 pm
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Yes, spg points do expire

Originally Posted by Kobi View Post
can spg points ever expire?
from spg.com

3.2. You will be considered an "Active Member" so long as (a) your Membership has not been cancelled (by you or us), and (b) you have had an Eligible Stay at a Participating Property within the previous 12 months, or (c) you have earned Starpoints by using a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card during the previous 12 months. Starpoints resulting from transfers or earnings from Program affiliates do not count toward active status.(...)

3.3. If you do not remain an Active Member, we will close your Membership account and all Starpoints in the account shall be forfeited without notice.

3.4. (...) If you cancel your Membership, or if we close your account because you do not remain an Active Member, you may reapply for Membership at a later date, but you will not recover any Starpoints forfeited from your prior Membership.
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Old Dec 31, 06, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Kobi View Post
can spg points ever expire?
I think the points do not expire, however, if you are not an "active member" as mentioned by pb9997, spg will close your account and take away your points.
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Old Dec 31, 06, 6:58 pm
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SVO-converted Starpoints differ

Points acquired through StarOptions conversions (for Starwood Vacation Ownership timeshare owners) DO actually expire after six years. But they're the only kind of Starpoints that I'm aware have a ticking clock.
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Old Dec 31, 06, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Seattlenerd View Post
Points acquired through StarOptions conversions (for Starwood Vacation Ownership timeshare owners) DO actually expire after six years. But they're the only kind of Starpoints that I'm aware have a ticking clock.
Also my understanding is any starpoints from SVO activity (timeshare presentation attending bonus, purchase bonus, explorer package bonus) has expiration (6 years).

But those points are deducted first when you use points for any awards.

This brought myself a new question - Starwood Lurker might be able to find out the answer - how one can know how many points out of the one's account balance are subject to expire (earned from SVO bonus/coversion), and when will they expire ?
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Old Jan 2, 07, 12:28 pm
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Originally Posted by PforPlatinum View Post
...This brought myself a new question - Starwood Lurker might be able to find out the answer - how one can know how many points out of the one's account balance are subject to expire (earned from SVO bonus/coversion), and when will they expire ?
I guess the SVO member would have to know when and how many of the Starpoints were added to their SPG account on a given date, subtract the redemptions since then, and if any are left, know that they are subject to expiration six years from the original date of issue.

Personally, I don't know of any easy way to differentiate on this side of things, so I doubt anyone else in SPG customer service is going to know an easy way either.

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Old Jan 5, 07, 8:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker View Post
Personally, I don't know of any easy way to differentiate on this side of things,

Well, kind of expected...

Thank you anyway.

P.S. Sorry, I overlooked your input.
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Old Nov 26, 07, 12:36 pm
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Expiration policy of SPG points?

I searched on this forum but didn't find an answer. What is the policy around SPG points expiration? My work schedule for the next few years will be strictly travel-free - will my points expire if there are no activities?
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Old Nov 26, 07, 12:40 pm
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Well, there are countless threads about this.

There's also one other place to look: the SPG site.
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/prefer...spg_terms.html

In short, your points require STAY activity or SPG credit card earning every 12 months to keep your points from expiring. Stay activity could include a normal stay or it could be a meal (min. $10) in a hotel restaurant.
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Old Nov 26, 07, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by awc825 View Post
I searched on this forum but didn't find an answer. What is the policy around SPG points expiration? My work schedule for the next few years will be strictly travel-free - will my points expire if there are no activities?
Don't forget the points devalue about 25% each year, so banking them is NOT a good idea!

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Old Nov 27, 07, 12:33 am
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Originally Posted by CandymanJim View Post
Don't forget the points devalue about 25% each year, so banking them is NOT a good idea!

Jim

Is the comment about devaluation a sarcastic comment, or is it literally true?
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Old Nov 27, 07, 8:04 am
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A reference to frequently revised award charts.
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Old Nov 27, 07, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by awc825 View Post
I searched on this forum but didn't find an answer. What is the policy around SPG points expiration? My work schedule for the next few years will be strictly travel-free - will my points expire if there are no activities?
Please see:
http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthrea...ghlight=expire
http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthrea...ghlight=expire
http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthrea...ghlight=expire
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Old Nov 29, 07, 8:19 am
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Starwood surely does wipe out your points if there is no activity for 12 months. My wife lost all of her Starpoints, plus her ability to log in to the spg website, after losing track and letting a year go by without any stays.
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Old Nov 29, 07, 10:51 am
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep my SPG Amex to keep the account active.
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