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Effective 14 Sept 2019 from VFTW:

Points advance locks in the room not the rate.

Effective September 14 pricing that will apply to points advance bookings will be the current price at the time the member actually redeems points to cover the reservation. This will no longer be a way to lock in current pricing on the if-come. And with high season dates, which can change each month, the price of the room may vary up until the time of redemption.

Marriott tells me that for reservations made prior to September 14 they will honor up to 5 points advance bookings at the standard rate even if those reservations fall on a peak date.

From Marriott email:
Starting September 14, You will be permitted a maximum of three Points Advance reservations at any time
Before September 14, please take the following steps to reduce your Points Advance reservations to adhere to the upcoming policy.
Cancel any remaining Points Advance reservations or convert them to a paid rate.
If you’re unable to complete this before September 14, we’ll contact you at the phone number listed in your account to help you resolve any excess reservations.
For Points Advance reservation(s) made before September 14 only: When you redeem, if any night has a Peak rate, call us and we’ll adjust the night to its Standard rate. If you need to change your reservation, you’ll receive the available redemption rate when you rebook
As a reminder, any reservations booked with points made prior to today will remain at the reserved Standard redemption rate. However, if you need to change that reservation, you may see a new redemption rate when you rebook. If the hotel you booked moves into Off-Peak, you can rebook at the new, lower redemption rate and then cancel the original reservation (standard cancellation time periods apply).

Maximum of 3 Points Advance bookings at a time
Marriott will be updating their terms to limit members to three points advance bookings at a time. Expect to hear from Marriott if you make a bunch of points advance reservations.
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Old Apr 15, 21, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by EdV View Post
How to complete once you have sufficient points? Is it automatic or can you go in and "finish" the reservation to lock it in? What I am dreading happening is making a PA rez now and then in a few months I get enough points, it doesn't automatically deduct them and then the rate goes up. Has this situation happened to anyone before? Is there a way I can prevent that from happening or just manually complete myself?
points advance is really now availability advance. The points required for the reservation will be based on the points requirement at the time you attach a certificate, so it can go up, go down, or stay the same, but probably go up.
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Old Apr 15, 21, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by myperks View Post
points advance is really now availability advance. The points required for the reservation will be based on the points requirement at the time you attach a certificate, so it can go up, go down, or stay the same, but probably go up.
Right, I get that. My question though was how to complete the reservation (manually) once I do have the required points needed. There is a way to lock it in once I have those points yes?
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Old Apr 15, 21, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by EdV View Post
Right, I get that. My question though was how to complete the reservation (manually) once I do have the required points needed. There is a way to lock it in once I have those points yes?
Once you have points, go back into the reservation and there should be a button for something in the line of a redeem to attach certificate. It has been a while since I’ve done it so other can chime in. I would do it manually whether online or by phone and not rely on Marriott system to do it automatically.
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