Many of us here on MRI have discussed, complained, whined, and questioned the category levels of Marriott properties. This article talks about how you can get two trips worth of hotel nights with one 80K bonus for getting the Chase MR card. At first I was eager to read it. Then as I started to make my way into the meat of the article I realized every example is for properties OUTSIDE the US. While it is great that there are lower category properties out there, why is it a JW in ANY country is a Cat 3? I see them here in the US. for 7, 8 and often 9. I just don't get it. I am not trying to stir the pot simply for fun but I would honestly like to know what people think as to why properties here in the U.S. seem to be higher.