So Marriott continues to tout that members get their best rates. Technically true, but, only on advance, prepaid, non-cancellable terms. For instance, I am planning a trip to Bowling Green, KY in April. Best rate for members is $95 per night, prepaid, no cancellation. If I were a AAA member, I could get the same room for $97 a night and cancel 48 hours out if need be. If Marriott Rewards members are so valuable, why does the AAA member (who may only stay 1 night a year if at all) get more generous terms for a only $2 more per night? As a business traveler and one who personally travels on a schedule where "things happen", I look for flexibility as things change. Marriott in essence charges their best members for this flexibility - perhaps we aren't as valued as one would think.
Marriott, this advertising is very disingenuous and (at least to me) a constant irritant.