I have read that any unused Marriott CC Cat. 1-5 Free Night Certs will be automatically changed on August 1st into a free night at a 35,000 point or less hotel certificate.
I am curious if a similar thing will happen to unused 7 night certificates obtained through Marriott's Travel Packages. If I bought a travel package today and had a 7 night Category 1-5 Certificate, would I be able to use it at a new Category 5 hotel after the August 1st switch? A bigger question is whether I would still be able to upgrade my certificate after August 1st to category 6, 7, etc. and how that process would work. If the new prices for Travel Packages are drastically different, then will the old certificates still hold their category value, or will they also be converted to point levels, which could drastically change their "buying power," making it smarter to book a stay before August.
I haven't read anything about this, but I doubt I am the only one that has this question/concern.