It is sad when the Marriott starts pulling this gimmick on their customers. I went to book this hotel for 28 May through 2 June 2015. To my suprise, they had a room available using 180,000 points but added on a surcharge of 250 Euro per day (for the 5 days) if you wanted to book the room. This does not seem to be right to me when a room is available, it should be offered for the points only or they should not be offering the room up for points at all.
By the way, I am currently in the Maldives at the Conrad Hilton using points without the Hilton trying to gauge their customer with extra dollars to use their points. I will be posting some of my videos of this trip when I return to the states.
Community Manager - please advise on this new approach for charging extra for Elite members wanting to book a room with points.