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First look at 2014 hotel category changes – Book before April 8, 2014 using the current hotel categories

Blog Post created by communitymanagers on Mar 18, 2014

As anticipated, we have a sneak peek of our annual update to hotels’ categories for 2014, so you have an opportunity to take advantage of the 2013 hotel categories before they change on April 8, 2014. Book now for the best value.

 

New hotel categories are effective beginning April 8, 2014. In the meantime, we have compiled a full list of changes to hotel categories.  The Marriott Rewards categories remain 1 to 9 and the points values required for each category are not changing.

 

Please note:

  • All redemption reservations booked on or before April 7, 2014 will be honored at the current point price, even if the stay occurs after April 8. 2014. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to April 8, 2014, call Guest Services prior to your stay to request the lower priced certificate.
  • As always, you may book redemption reservations up to 50 weeks in advance of your stay, even before having the required points in your account.
  • You can also use Cash + Points to take advantage of booking your redemption stay early.

 

Safe travels!

Andy & the Marriott Rewards team

 

 

 

Here are a few FAQs


What is a hotel category/tier?

Hotel categories determine the number of Marriott Rewards points necessary to redeem for a free night. For instance, a Category 1 hotel requires 7,500 points per redemption night while a Category 4 hotel requires 20,000 points per redemption night. Hotel categories should not be confused with any form of star-rating, level of service or quality.

 

Marriott Rewards Award Chart

 

Hotel

Category

Points Required Per Night

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is FREE!

Category 17,500
Category 210,000
Category 315,000
Category 420,000
Category 525,000
Category 630,000
Category 735,000
Category 840,000
Category 945,000

 

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Award Chart

 

Hotel

Tier

Points Required Per Night

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is FREE!

Tier 130,000
Tier 240,000
Tier 350,000
Tier 460,000
Tier 570,000

 

How many hotels are affected?

73% of the properties remain unchanged
66% of the programs properties will remain in Categories 1-4

27% of the hotels are changing; of these 22% are decreasing by one category and 78% are increasing by one category

 

Is my existing redemption reservation impacted?

All redemption reservations booked on or before April 7, 2014 for stays beginning April 8, 2014, will be honored at the point price booked. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to April 8, 2014, call Guest Services to request the lower priced certificate before your stay.

 

How long can I book a redemption stay using the current hotel categories?

You may book redemption reservations up to 50 weeks in advance of your stay, even before having the required points in your account. For example, on April 1, 2014 you may book your redemption stay as far out as March 15, 2015.

 

You can also use Cash + Points to book your redemption stay.

 

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