"No Blackout Dates" - clarification from the new website? True?

Discussion created by wmrobins on Aug 28, 2018
Latest reply on Sep 26, 2018 by cclose1

Going through the new FAQ page I found this under the heading "What are Blackout Dates"... interesting to me because this seems to me to be a new and stronger outlining of the policy, in our favor, or was this always here and properties could avoid it if they wanted to.  I know we have all experienced "point rooms not available" dates that skirted the "no blackout" policy.


Frequently Asked Questions | SPG & Marriott Rewards 


Cut and pasted from the above link, bold is by me:

What are blackout dates?


Blackout dates traditionally refer to a limited number of dates, such as during peak travel times throughout the year, when a hotel could choose not to have Members redeem Points for a Free Night Award stay. With our “No Blackout Dates” policy, if there is a standard room available at a Participating Property for booking by any means, whether cash, credit or Points, then you can reserve the room using Points.