After getting the hard sell to covert my week over to the new points program earlier this year I did.
They kept highlighting how great this would be for me. "Only $595 to enroll WOW great deal! You can buy more points at a big discount! Your Interval membership is now included. Blah Blah Blah..."
Having not even used the new system yet I am founding out the hard way just what is going on here.
I get my yearly dreaded maintenance bill with a new line item which explains the real story here:
Property Total Amount Amount to Pay
Exchange Program Dues $175.00
It is very discouraging to see Marriott constantly sticking owners who have supported them for many years. Lesson learned here.... Don't bother hassling me when I check-in or calling my room asking me to come for a free bottle of wine and a stupid sales pitch.