Why does it cost the same amount of points to stay at a limited service hotel as a FULL SERVICE HOTEL ? What happened to the points plus cash option? This is awful.
A limited service hotel in a high-cost international gateway capital city such as London, Paris or Tokyo - all 3 of which have properties slated for the new Category 8 at 85,000 points per night - will cost more than a full service in low-cost state capitols such as Lincoln, Providence or Topeka - none of which go above category 5.
The nightly rate for both cash and points has far more to do with location and demand than full or limited service. On the other hand a limited service in the same location as a full service should be cheaper in both cash and points, and indeed it is, the Aloft London Excel is cheaper than the Marriott London West India Quay and the redemption rate follows this, the Moxy is a Cat 4 at 25,000 points per night, the Marriott a Cat 5 at 35,000. Flagship properties such as the Marriott County Hall or W Leicester Square are 60,000 points per night, and usually cost far more in cash than either the Marriott West India Quay or Aloft Excel.
It costs more to run a Residence Inn in London, even if it is South of the Thames, than in South Lincoln. Hence the London Residence Inn is a Cat 5 whilst the Lincoln Residence Inn is a Cat 3.
Although Marriott has changed its redemption table recently it’s been a nominally neutral exercise, that is to say if you stayed at every single one of the 5,700 properties at today’s redemption costs you’d spend (very slightly) less points than had you done so in Spring. But it would be fair to say that there have been big rises in high demand gateway city (New York, San Fran, London) and leisure (Orlando, Anaheim, beachfronts) which whilst they have been balanced out by reductions in roadside properties or those on industrial estates, the latter don’t represent the kind of places people redeem at, since redemptions are used by members during their leisure time. Of course if you’ve an Aunt Bertha in Boise or an Uncle Tom in Tallahassee, you’ll probably be staying cheaper when you visit them!
Marriott now has over 5,700 hotels and there’s some great value redemptions out there, as there always has been!
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