Will You Lose Your Starwood Hotel Points If You Cancel the Card?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Dan comments:

Will I lose my Starwood points if I cancel the card?

Dan is referring to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card, which has an increased sign-up bonus of up to 30,000 points for a limited time.

Will Dan Lose His Points If He Cancels His Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card?

Don’t Worry!

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Dan doesn’t need to worry.  As with other airline and hotel credit cards, if he cancels his Starwood Preferred Guest card, any points that are already in his account are his to keep.

He may lose the miles he earns in his last billing cycle (before cancelling the card) because points can take a while to post to his account.  So if he cancels, his best bet is to refrain from using the card for a month before cancelling.  That way he won’t lose out on points!

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Hotel Points Already In Dan’s Account Are His to Keep!

Note:   Dan WILL lose his points if he doesn’t earn or spend Starwood Preferred Guest points after 12 months.  That’s because Starwood Preferred Guest points expire if your account is inactive for a year.

But there are lots of ways to keep hotel accounts active, even if you’re not earning points from a credit card.

Be Careful With Bank Rewards Points!

If Dan cancels a card that earns bank rewards points, like American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Barclaycard Arrival Plus miles, he could lose ALL his points.

That’s because these reward programs are tied directly to the credit card.  But there are ways to save your points even if you have to close the card.

Bottom Line

Dan will NOT lose his Starwood Preferred Guest points if he cancels his Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card.  Any points already in his account are his to use.

But he will lose his points if he has no activity in his account for a year.  But it is easy to generate activity in your account to keep your points alive!

Cancelling a bank points credit card will generally result in losing your points, but there are lots of ways to save them!

Thanks for the question, Dan!

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5 responses to “Will You Lose Your Starwood Hotel Points If You Cancel the Card?

  1. You do lose your Fairmont points if you cancel the card.

  2. I have gas points through Safeway. Will I lose those if I cancel my Safeway card?

  3. Finished up my 5K spend. How long for the extra 20K points to post to my account? The first purchase 10K posted immediately…

  4. Great post! I didn’t realize that Starwood points would expire after only one year. Good to know. Feel free to check out http://www.tipsforfreetrips.com anytime for other great travel and MS advice!

  5. Did it used to be 18 months?