With Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest coming together as one program later this year, award charts will be among the first major changes. Leaders of the new program are now releasing details on how many Marriott Rewards points it will take to reserve a room starting in August.
Marriott Rewards is rolling out previews of the new award chart – and the result isn’t necessarily bad for frequent travelers. As announced in the FlyerTalk forums today, leaders of the combined program revealed the prices of legacy Starwood properties at their top five destinations under Marriott Rewards.
In some cases, the number of points required per night will drop. In Bali alone, 11 properties will see a price decrease ranging from 1,000 points to 30,000 points. Overall, 42 properties across all five top destinations – Bali, the Caribbean and Mexico, Dubai, Paris and New York – will decrease their price in points per night.
However, some will see significant increases when the two programs ultimately come together. In extreme cases, the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel will go from 36,000 points per night to 50,000 points per night, for an increase of 14,000 points. In Bali, two former Starwood properties, the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina and the Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa will also make the same jump.
Overall, FlyerTalkers are calling the changes a devaluation, but still believe there are discounts to be found. The biggest concern revolves around the remainder of the award chart, which is yet to be announced.
“There will be some bargains at certain spots on the chart, but it feels like overall these new Marriott points are worth maybe like 0.6-0.7 cents each in general use,” FlyerTalker bgriff writes. “Which is definitely less than Marriott points were often worth before.”
“I’m fine with this – it represents what I assume will be a small devaluation for Marriott properties and if anything a small appreciation for SPG properties – with point earning going up compared to old SPG levels,” EuropeanPete counters in the forum. “Definitely a win from my side, though obviously I’ll be watching 2019-2020 changes.”