So I won a category 9 certificate, in the 1000 Nights of Summer sweepstakes. I WAS kinda excited... Category 9!..... till I tried to use it at a property in Rome. I was told I had to use my certificate AND pay 800 EURO for a one night stay. Well sad that I can't even use it at all.
Guess I'll just pay for a night at Sofitel for 300 Euro. In the past 2 years, I have gone from Gold at Marriott to Silver this year to no status at all for next year, due to changes in their policies over the past few years.