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Legacy to New Travel Package Conversion (effective August 2018)
A Marriott supervisor can currently convert your legacy travel package into the new category mapping. If you hold a Category 6, 8, or Tier 1-3 legacy certificate, it's ideal to downgrade your certificate before converting so that points don't potentially get lost in the process.

When converting your legacy certificate to a new certificate your prior certificate is cancelled and your new certificate will (in most cases) have an expiration date that is 12 months from the date of issuance (today).

The codes for the New Category partial packages are:
5-night packages
  • OC5=530T/P530 is now NC4 QP53
  • OC6=570T/P570 is now NC4 QP53
  • OC7=610T/P610 is now NC5 QP61 (refund value: 45K)
  • OC8=650T/P650 is now NC5 QP61
  • OC9=690T/P690 is now NC6 QP69
7-night packages
  • NC4 QP83 = OC5 830T/P830 (refund value: 45K)
  • NC4 QP87 = OC6 870T/P870 (refund value: 75K)
  • NC5 QP91 = OC7 910T/P910 (refund value: 105K)
  • NC5 QP95 = OC8 950T/P950 (refund value: 135K)
  • NC6 QP99 = OC9 990T/P990 (refund value: 165K)
  • NC6 QP99 = OC Tier 1-3 L830 (refund value: 195K)
  • NC7 QL87 = OC Tier 4-5 L870 (refund value: 315K)
Other 7-night packages
  • NC5 QP88 = OC7 P880 (refund value: 135K)
  • NC5 QP92 = OC8 P920 (refund value: 165K)
legend:
NCx = new certificate category
QPxx = post-merger converted partial package
OCx = old certificate category
QLxx = post-merger converted partial package (only QL known so far is QL87 for NC7)
xx0T = initial package;
Pxx0 = partial package;

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For best practices on converting OC to NC, I’ve copied post # 1181 here. Thank you jameswes!


(Also, never use the word UPGRADE. You must say you want to CONVERT your certs.)

New data point for the new year.

I've read/followed the majority of this thread and now that I have a plan for how to use the travel certificates I made it happen

Last July, I purchased two OC1-5 travel packages. I have an upcoming trip that I wanted to use the certificates to book two rooms at an NC5 hotel.

1) Verified that I had an extra 120,000 MR points in my account (2x60,000 to upgrade from NC4 to NC5)
2) Call the UK Marriott # in the wiki (+44 20 7012 7312). In total, the call took about 25 minutes.
3) Explain that I have a booking I wanted to make, and I wanted to Cancel my two 830T certificates and convert them to two QP91 certificates. I did need to be clear with the rep that I was going to be using additional points from my account to upgrade the certificate.
Canceling two 830T (OC1-5) added 90,000 points (2x45000) to my account
Ordering two QP91 (NC5) subtracted 210,000 points (2x105K) from my account
4) The rep said that their "specialist" wasn't in the office, but she would leave detailed notes and have him do it the next day
5) True to form, the next day (today), I got an emails saying that my old certificates were canceled and new certificates were ordered.
Email clearly states that 830T certs were canceled
Second email clearly states that QP91 certs were ordered and 210K points were redeemed
Email (and account) state that the expiration is one year from today
As typical, App is up-to-date, website doesn't show the updated information yet.
IMPORTANT! Possible Points Advance Implications of March 5 category changes: There’s a (potential) issue with the category changes and Points Advance reservations. Marriott included the following information when they emailed some of us about the upcoming changes: “Points Advance — Members who wish to book a points advance redemption under the current Marriott Rewards and SPG award chart are encouraged to order redemption certificates before March 5 to lock in the rate. On March 5, redemption bookings are subject to the new unified program award chart.” We’ve reached out to Marriott to confirm the practical implications of this verbiage, as it sounds like Points Advance reservations will revert to the new pricing if they don’t have certificates attached prior to March 5. To be on the safe side, if your hotel is increasing in category be sure your TP certificate is attached to the reservation before March 5.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 10:28 am
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Just thought I would share my recent experience. I have a number of old cat 5 and cat 6 certs that expire between July and August. I booked 14 nights at a cat 4 hotel on points advance. I called in and asked to use the earliest to expire cat5 certs knowing they were now cat4. I gave the expiration dates of those certs. The agent put me on hold for about 15 mins and said everything was taken care of. Indeed the reservation showed that certs were attached but only 1 cert from my account was gone. Sometimes the IT system is slow so I just went along with it. Today I login and my account is down 15k points. What the agent actually did was take an old cat 6 certs, turn that in for 75k points and then wrote up two new cat4 certs for 45k each. So basically I got an extra cert for 45k. (15k after the cat6 downgrade).
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Old Mar 8, 19, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by uibd View Post
Just thought I would share my recent experience. I have a number of old cat 5 and cat 6 certs that expire between July and August. I booked 14 nights at a cat 4 hotel on points advance. I called in and asked to use the earliest to expire cat5 certs knowing they were now cat4. I gave the expiration dates of those certs. The agent put me on hold for about 15 mins and said everything was taken care of. Indeed the reservation showed that certs were attached but only 1 cert from my account was gone. Sometimes the IT system is slow so I just went along with it. Today I login and my account is down 15k points. What the agent actually did was take an old cat 6 certs, turn that in for 75k points and then wrote up two new cat4 certs for 45k each. So basically I got an extra cert for 45k. (15k after the cat6 downgrade).
I just want to make sure I understand, in your situation, you ended up trading an OC6 + 15K bonvoy to two NC4s? I guess...you got a deal? I mean the OC6 converst to a NC4 + 30K. So in essence, they let you buy an extra NC4 for the face value of the NC4, which everyone knows is a horrible value to sell at, but that would mean awesome value to buy at...if you can use the certificate of course.
OMG...I am dreading when I need to convert my certificates.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 12:31 pm
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Originally Posted by HIFlya View Post
I just want to make sure I understand, in your situation, you ended up trading an OC6 + 15K bonvoy to two NC4s? I guess...you got a deal? I mean the OC6 converst to a NC4 + 30K. So in essence, they let you buy an extra NC4 for the face value of the NC4, which everyone knows is a horrible value to sell at, but that would mean awesome value to buy at...if you can use the certificate of course.
OMG...I am dreading when I need to convert my certificates.
Yes, this is exactly what happened. Both new certs are attached to the 14 day reservation too. I didn't really need it as I still have 5 additional certs. I'll have to figure out a game plan for those when time gets closer to expiration. I honestly just got the travel package for the United miles as it was better than the standard conversion rate.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by uibd View Post
Just thought I would share my recent experience. I have a number of old cat 5 and cat 6 certs that expire between July and August. I booked 14 nights at a cat 4 hotel on points advance. I called in and asked to use the earliest to expire cat5 certs knowing they were now cat4. I gave the expiration dates of those certs. The agent put me on hold for about 15 mins and said everything was taken care of. Indeed the reservation showed that certs were attached but only 1 cert from my account was gone. Sometimes the IT system is slow so I just went along with it. Today I login and my account is down 15k points. What the agent actually did was take an old cat 6 certs, turn that in for 75k points and then wrote up two new cat4 certs for 45k each. So basically I got an extra cert for 45k. (15k after the cat6 downgrade).
This just shows ANYTHING can happen with Marriott agents, even miracles.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by uibd View Post
Yes, this is exactly what happened. Both new certs are attached to the 14 day reservation too. I didn't really need it as I still have 5 additional certs. I'll have to figure out a game plan for those when time gets closer to expiration. I honestly just got the travel package for the United miles as it was better than the standard conversion rate.
Haha...do you have any NC4s near where you live? At worst you can just use those packages for a "mattress run" and check in, then mobile check out from home. Or are TP nights not elite night eligible?
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Old Mar 8, 19, 3:53 pm
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Originally Posted by HIFlya View Post
Haha...do you have any NC4s near where you live? At worst you can just use those packages for a "mattress run" and check in, then mobile check out from home. Or are TP nights not elite night eligible?
They count but I'm lifetime titanium so it doesn't really matter much. I do have a nice m club nearby so maybe the wife and I will just use them for free breakfast and evening snacks. 😀
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Old Mar 8, 19, 3:57 pm
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Quite some people are just like you who booked some OC1-5 TPs that they do not intend to stay. Now they want to extend the TPs. But they still have to decide if you ever want to stay at those low level properties. Maybe they can have use of those in foreign countries or visit national parks.....
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Old Mar 8, 19, 7:42 pm
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Quite some people are just like you who booked some OC1-5 TPs that they do not intend to stay. Now they want to extend the TPs. But they still have to decide if you ever want to stay at those low level properties. Maybe they can have use of those in foreign countries or visit national parks.....
Have you actually checked what categories those limited service properties near national parks are? Most of them are Cat 5 or 6.

Fairfields and Springhill at Maob are Cat 6.

6 properties are at Flagstaff - 3 of them are Cat 6, 2 of them Cat 5. An Element has no cat yet but suffice to guess it would be a Cat 5.
The CY at Sedona is listed under Flagstaff - a room with balcony currently is offered at $587 before taxes for next Monday.

Some of these locations near the Southwest NPs are outrageously priced.

OTOH, Billings might be the bargain should one want to visit Yellowstone. There are some Cat 2s, Though the only property Residence Inn at West Yellowstone that is advertised to open in May, probably would be a Cat 6.

Basically all newer properties near any NPs are at ridiculously high categories. Wonder who would burn a Cat 5 or 6 at those places?
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Old Mar 8, 19, 7:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy View Post
Have you actually checked what categories those limited service properties near national parks are? Most of them are Cat 5 or 6.

Fairfields and Springhill at Maob are Cat 6.

6 properties are at Flagstaff - 3 of them are Cat 6, 2 of them Cat 5. An Element has no cat yet but suffice to guess it would be a Cat 5.
The CY at Sedona is listed under Flagstaff - a room with balcony currently is offered at $587 before taxes for next Monday.

Some of these locations near the Southwest NPs are outrageously priced.

OTOH, Billings might be the bargain should one want to visit Yellowstone. There are some Cat 2s, Though the only property Residence Inn at West Yellowstone that is advertised to open in May, probably would be a Cat 6.

Basically all newer properties near any NPs are at ridiculously high categories. Wonder who would burn a Cat 5 or 6 at those places?
Thank you to remind me. We tried to book CY at Sedona, but it has increased from NC5 to NC6 and we could not use our Cat 1-5 (35k) reward night. So I redeemed a Hyatt Cat 1-4 (15k) reward night for an one-bedroom suite at its HRC.

Marriott has done a great job to price those properties right. All the place we want to go have category increases, such as NYC, Florida, California. Not even NPs can't escape.

Have to check out those lowly Best Western Inns.... Have plans for Zion and Yellowstone. I guess those places are as popular as Florida and Aruba.

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Old Mar 8, 19, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by uibd View Post
They count but I'm lifetime titanium so it doesn't really matter much. I do have a nice m club nearby so maybe the wife and I will just use them for free breakfast and evening snacks. 😀
You have an extra year from when you convert as I'm sure you know. There's also been reports of NCs been given a one year extension too so you could potentially have a lot of time to use up your certs. I've been rushing to use up all my certs not knowing whether they could be extended like the old ones but I may be able to slow down a bit now.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 11:56 am
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Another DP here of a NC being extended a year after converting from OC.

Also, I'm hoping to use my NC4 early next year in Colombia. Can I book the reservation under my name (Titanium) when my SO (Gold) will be checking in several days before I do? I would add his name as a second guest, and add a CC authorization if necessary. SO would check in on Tuesday, whereas I would check in on Friday.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 1:31 pm
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Another DP here of a NC being extended a year after converting from OC.

Also, I'm hoping to use my NC4 early next year in Colombia. Can I book the reservation under my name (Titanium) when my SO (Gold) will be checking in several days before I do? I would add his name as a second guest, and add a CC authorization if necessary. SO would check in on Tuesday, whereas I would check in on Friday.
Thanks for the fresh DP.

I believe you can do so with your plan. Just make sure wify's name is added and better yet, find the email address of the property and have a direct communication with them on the arrangement. such as due to work schedule you would arrive later the week, etc. They should be able to accommodate that and still extend the elite benefits to her.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by tth6133 View Post
This just shows ANYTHING can happen with Marriott agents, even miracles.
Or, any agent who claims something is "impossible" is just lying to you/doesn't know how to do it.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 3:21 pm
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Originally Posted by moos16 View Post
Also, I'm hoping to use my NC4 early next year in Colombia. Can I book the reservation under my name (Titanium) when my SO (Gold) will be checking in several days before I do? I would add his name as a second guest, and add a CC authorization if necessary. SO would check in on Tuesday, whereas I would check in on Friday.
We have done so. Hotels usually change guest name on the bill, but keep the reward # there. But they do charge the physical CCs, not the CC which made the reservation. So no need for CC authorization.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 3:53 pm
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Thank you to remind me. We tried to book CY at Sedona, but it has increased from NC5 to NC6 and we could not use our Cat 1-5 (35k) reward night. So I redeemed a Hyatt Cat 1-4 (15k) reward night for an one-bedroom suite at its HRC.

Marriott has done a great job to price those properties right. All the place we want to go have category increases, such as NYC, Florida, California. Not even NPs can't escape.

Have to check out those lowly Best Western Inns.... Have plans for Zion and Yellowstone. I guess those places are as popular as Florida and Aruba.
Actually, I was looking at Banff National Park and those are very expensive, even in shoulder season. Ended up using Choice Rewards.

I think National Parks are popular, just a different crowd.
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