This is how I keep my MR Points from expiring. How about you? Helpful Ideas desired for sharing.
1. Take you reservation email and turn it into a calendar event. You can do this manually or have your email account do it automatically. I use Google services as much as possible for the integration benefits it provides. So, to do this using Google Calendar automatically, just open Google Calendar and navigate to the settings. Next, select the "Events from Gmail" section from the General Options. Finally, place a checkmark next to the "Add automatically" from the Events from Gmail options. Your done. Now every time your reservation email goes into your Gmail account it automatically adds it to your Google Calendar. This also allows you to easily look up your reservations and your last stay at a Marriott. Now your ready to setup a reminder.
2. Set a reminder to use your points before they expire. Look up your last stay in your Calendar. Now make a new Reminder about 700 days into the future from this date. That gives you about a month advance notice to either use or initiate another account activity in order to extend your points. The current expiration interval is 2 years or about 730 days give or take a day for leap year. You have a lot of different options for setting up reminders. Several popular options include Google Keep, Evernote, and Microsoft OneNote, or any other general purpose to-do application will be fine. The key is to set the reminder once and update that same reminder after each stay.
3. Another way is to simply set a reminder in your favorite electronic notes/to-do app to check your Marriott Rewards account 30 days prior to points expiration.
Regardless of the method used, they key is to set your reminder so that you don't loose your points. A great time to do this is upon check-out of your last stay.
I hope the content of this post motivates members to discover what works best for them in their daily routine in order to use your points before they expire.
Now set that reminder.....