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SPGs 2017 Category Changes : Effective 7 March 2017

SPGs 2017 Category Changes : Effective 7 March 2017

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The annual category changes will go into effect March 7, 2017.

List of SPG category changes :here.

List of the Marriott Rewards category changes here.

Note that category adjustments are always subject to change.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 7:26 am
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SPGs 2017 Category Changes : Effective 7 March 2017

Our annual category changes will go into effect March 7, 2017. We are sharing these changes today to give members time to plan their redemption travel and decide if they’d like to redeem their points prior to – or after – the changes take place.

This year, 325 hotels are changing categories. Of these hotels, approximately 63% are moving down and 37% moving up. There are no changes to the number of categories or the points required by category. View the full list of category changes here.

Please note that category adjustments are always subject to change. While we make every attempt to provide you the latest and most accurate information, adjustments may be made at any time.

And remember, you can now link you SPG account with Marriott Rewards and transfer points between accounts. See the Marriott Rewards category changes here.

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Old Feb 9, 17, 7:50 am
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Nice changes at least for me. But there seems to be a mistake with the Sir Savigny Hotel Berlin. It is already cat. 4.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:00 am
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Canada is seeing a lot of increases.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:11 am
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16 out of Japan's 20 properties saw increases by 1 category. That's 80%. OMG!
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:16 am
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Awesome news coming up!
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:32 am
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I'm glad to see that the Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in London is going down from a category 6 to 5 and The Park Central San Francisco is also going from category 6 to 5. It's good to have category 5 options in those cities where there previously weren't any available.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by donotblink View Post
I'm glad to see that the Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel in London is going down from a category 6 to 5 and The Park Central San Francisco is also going from category 6 to 5. It's good to have category 5 options in those cities where there previously weren't any available.
And the Westin Copley in Boston...6 to 5
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:34 am
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Despite the still-weak CAD, all major metro Canadian properties seem to be taking a hammering...
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by AJLondon View Post
Despite the still-weak CAD, all major metro Canadian properties seem to be taking a hammering...
Also interesting that, despite the notion that the category is based on USD-revenue, there's been no significant category reductions in UK and Europe that may have been expected after the step changes in exchange rates.

Points earn : down. Points spend : Not down. Did someone mention the D word recently ?
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:45 am
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D-valuation? >.<
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Old Feb 9, 17, 8:52 am
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And the Westin Copley in Boston...6 to 5
This one I find shocking...always crazy expensive.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 9:03 am
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Also see the SGS in BKK is going back down to a 4...didn't last too long at a 5. Will enjoy the 10K redemption over the peak season 16K one ^
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Old Feb 9, 17, 9:11 am
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Despite the still-weak CAD, all major metro Canadian properties seem to be taking a hammering...
I'm most surprised by Calgary.

Very weak hotel market due to the local economy being so focused on the oil industry, and room rates have been very low for almost two years (with no end in sight, and many new hotels coming on stream now).

But no category reductions -- and two increases. (I thought that SPG category was based on typical room rates for each property, no?)
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Old Feb 9, 17, 9:16 am
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Yikes. Some interesting changes in my part of the world. Le Meridien KK which I've always considered over-priced at ~RM550 a night compared to ~RM300 for Le Meridien KL is moving down from Category 3 to Category 2. If they're having problems filling their rooms then it would make more sense if they reduced their room rate. A Cat 2 points redemption is now very good value indeed there.

And humiliating for Le Meridien Putrajaya which is a brand new hotel moving down from Cat 2 to Cat 1. I don't know what the room rates are like but I'd never consider staying there. Despite being theoretically closer to KLIA the fact that it's in a very inconvenient location means Le Meridien KL would always get the business. Have to check out the rates now for mattress runs...

Glad the St. Regis Langkawi is coming down a notch. It's not the Maldives. Only a matter of time before the St. Regis KL is brought down a peg or two too.

Upset that Le Meridien Chiang Rai has gone from Cat 2 to Cat 3 especially as it has apparently stopped Platinum drinks in the bar each evening. It was always such good value and worth trekking out of the way to stay at. No longer. Bye.

And I don't understand why the Hotel Vagabond in Singapore has dropped from a Cat 5 to a Cat 4. I stayed there a couple of weeks ago and it's become my go-to hotel in SG now with great Platinum treatment and a brilliant lounge concept. Everyone who stays there loves it.

Looks like all the Indonesia properties have gone up at least one Category. What's going on there?
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Old Feb 9, 17, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by Forstbetrieb View Post
Nice changes at least for me. But there seems to be a mistake with the Sir Savigny Hotel Berlin. It is already cat. 4.
You are correct. We just got confirmation that the Sir Savigny Hotel is staying a category 4. We'll have it corrected on the website asap.

Thanks for letting us know.

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