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First look at 2015 hotel category changes – Book before March 19, 2015 using the current hotel categories

Blog Post created by communitymanagers on Feb 25, 2015

As anticipated, we have a sneak peek of our annual update to hotels’ categories for 2015, so you have an opportunity to take advantage of the 2014 hotel categories before they change on March 19, 2015. Book now for the best value.

 

New hotel categories are effective beginning March 19, 2015. 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 March 18, 2015 will be honored at the current point price, even if the stay occurs after March 18, 2015. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to March 18, 2015, 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

 

Safe travels!

Nathalie & 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.

 

Hotel Categories: Award Chart

 

Hotel

Category

Points Required Per Night

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is FREE!

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

 

Hotel Tiers: Award Chart

 

Hotel

Tier

Points Required Per Night

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is FREE!

Tier 1

30,000

Tier 2

40,000

Tier 3

50,000

Tier 4

60,000

Tier 5

70,000

 

How many hotels are affected?

64% of the properties remain unchanged
64% of the programs properties will remain in Categories 1-4

36% of the hotels are changing; of these 25% are decreasing by one category and 75% are increasing by one category

 

Is my existing redemption reservation impacted?

All redemption reservations booked on or before March 18, 2015 for stays beginning March 19, 2015, will be honored at the point price booked. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to March 19, 2015, 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 March 1, 2015 you may book your redemption stay as far out as February 15, 2016.

 

You can also usehttp://www.marriott.com/marriott-rewards/cash-points.miCash + Points to book your redemption stay.

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