Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Marriott Rewards - Redeeming for Ten Nights
The biggest loss for the faithful traveler is the point value system. They increased significantly because under the old chart, the more nights you stayed the less points were required. Now the point value per night was higher and the same for every additional night.
Despite these changes Marriott uplays that fact there are no blackout dates (but you may be denied a stay if the allotted rooms for award is not available) and for every fourth night, a fifth night is awarded free. In other words, the point value for four and five nights is the same.
So bottom line, my 300,000+ Marriott points allowed me a 10-day stay at a level seven property rather than fourteen. Marriott did announce the change in the spring of 2009 that any awards redeemed prior to end of the year would be honored at the old award chart. But planning a two week European vacation is probably not what most working people can normally do on the fly.
My consolation was the hotel I finally chose was the Renaissance Chancery Court in London which fell in category seven. I had planned to stay only seven nights but with the 5th night free offer, I added an eighth night and my total stay would now be ten nights. A lot of points but there was no way to go back to the old chart so I just dealt with it and booked my stay.
So which hotels are in Marriott's elite hotel category 8? The entire list is below the reward chart.