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2013 Marriott Rewards Hotel Category Changes List

2013 Marriott Rewards Hotel Category Changes List

 
Old Feb 11, 13, 5:04 pm
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Exclamation 2013 Marriott Rewards Hotel Category Changes List

Just released on Marriott Insiders:

http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1655

Some discouraging news and a Category 9?
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:08 pm
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This is from the Marriott Insider Post

Hotel Category Points Required Per Night
Category 1 7,500
Category 2 10,000
Category 3 15,000
Category 4 20,000
Category 5 25,000
Category 6 30,000
Category 7 35,000
Category 8 40,000
Category 9 45,000

What’s changing?

The changes are effective for all redemption reservations booked after May 16, 2013. In addition, Marriott Rewards is adding a Category 9 to the award schedule which will require 45,000 points per night. The points required for Categories 1 to 8 will not be changing.


How many hotels are affected?

73% of the programs properties will remain in Categories 1-4.
63% of the properties remain unchanged.
1% of the properties will decrease by one or more categories.
36% of the properties will increase by one or more categories.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:11 pm
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These will be the new Category 9 properties:
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
Le Merigot, A JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa, Santa Monica
London Marriott Hotel County Hall
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel
London Marriott Hotel Park Lane
JW Marriott Essex House
New York Marriott Marquis
Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees
St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square
Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel
Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:20 pm
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Wow, one page of hotels moving down a category and 28 pages of hotels moving up. Maybe they should have instead showed us the (short) list of hotels not moving up.

It looks to me like a massive devaluation of points with well over one third of their properties moving up one or more categories.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Wow, one page of hotels moving down a category and 28 pages of hotels moving up. Maybe they should have instead showed us the (short) list of hotels not moving up.

It looks to me like a massive devaluation of points with well over one third of their properties moving up one or more categories.
Totally agree! Not very happy about this change. It's making the Cat 1-4 not as valuable in the US anymore. A large number of airport FS and CY are now Cat 5+.

Does this cat change mean a change of service as well? Some of the properties with a cat increase are known to be quite outdated and poor in service quality.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:24 pm
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What ifyou already have a reservation with a certificate?

Just yesterday I made a reservation at a hotel on the list that is moving from category 4 to 5 using one of the MegaBonus category 1-4 certs. In the past, did they honor reservations made prior to the change?

Thanks.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:26 pm
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Originally Posted by yamaka View Post
Just yesterday I made a reservation at a hotel on the list that is moving from category 4 to 5 using one of the MegaBonus category 1-4 certs. In the past, did they honor reservations made prior to the change?

Thanks.
[I]All redemption reservations booked on or before May 15th for stays after May 16th will be honored at the point price booked. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to May 15th, call Guest Services to request the lower priced certificate before your stay.[I]
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:30 pm
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wow, that's rough but not unexpected. Cat. 9 is a joke IMO.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:34 pm
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seriously unbalanced..............catagories allegedly increase/decrease due to redemption, however based upon a quick review of the changes announced just puts another nail into the big lie..........


Originally Posted by michelin View Post
Just released on Marriott Insiders:

http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/docs/DOC-1655

Some discouraging news and a Category 9?
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:42 pm
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Wow, so many Cat 4 CYs are gone... I've never considered Marriott points very useful but this really devalues Megabonus/CC certs as well.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:53 pm
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HOLY CRAP CY Ocean City is going to a Category 8.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 5:54 pm
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One of my fav hotels

in Bangkok the renaissance ratchaprasong is no longer a CAT4--

this was by far one of the best values for the CAT4 certs

JW Hong Kong
Renaissance Hong Kong
JW Rio de Janierio are all going up


36% of the properties will increase by one or more categories.

Last edited by gibraltar87; Feb 11, 13 at 5:59 pm
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Old Feb 11, 13, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by gibraltar87 View Post
in Bangkok the renaissance ratchaprasong is no longer a CAT4--

this was by far one of the best values for the CAT4 certs

JW Hong Kong
Renaissance Hong Kong
JW Rio de Janierio are all going up


Aruba Renn going to a Cat 6. This prop. has bounced back and forth from 5 to 6 a few times over the years. We like to use our Cat 5 cert here when we stay at the Surf Club for our week. Ugh.

Book our stays now.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 6:15 pm
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nevermind....
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Old Feb 11, 13, 6:22 pm
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I think this devaulation is worse than the 2009 one for platinum members. There is no increase in bonus points for platinum members this time, and they basically made each category worth the previously lower one. Cat 5 is the new 4 and so on with the new category 9. A lot of solid category 3 properties are now 4. Some properties like La Jolla Marriott have gone from category 4 to 6 in two years.

If Marriott is going to charge these rates for award rooms, they need to stop the excuse of not offering free breakfast on weekends at USA/Canada properties for gold and platinum members.
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