I recently logged on to the Marriott app to look at possible rewards stays and noticed an insane amount of Points required for nearly every stay I searched. You used to be able to do a 5 night stay at almost any location if willing to go Courtyard, RI, or Fairfield for 160k or less. You could go high end for 240 or less. Now I am seeing 100k Fairfield Inns, and a bunch of properties going upwards of 120k - 170k points per night. Not only that, I can't even find an "Off Peak" for the properties in desirable, tropical locations. This is insanity. The rewards chart doesn't even list rates that high. Is this another Marriott glitch, or is this the permanent new rewards structure that they decline to post? If this is how it is going to be, I am finally going to have to give in and switch to Hilton. Some examples I searched today:
Per Night Points Values, Both Programs you get 5th night free
Aruba: Stellaris Marriott (Cat 6) 100k VS Hilton: 80k
Key West: Fairfield, Sheraton, Courtyard all are (Cat 6) 100 K VS Double Tree 70k, HGI 60k
Waikiki HI: Marriott, Courtyard, Autograph (Cat 6) 100k, VS Hilton Hawaiian Village 60k, Hilton 52k, HGI 50k
Some additional insane rates: Hawaiian Prince 120k, Aruba Ritz 120k, Westin Princeville 120k, Regis Maldives 170k,
Not only is Marriott insanely higher in points cost, but these rates don't even follow the chart. 100k a night is supposed to be the highest possible rate, for the highest ranked hotels during "peak season." Can anyone explain to me how Category sixes are requiring 100k a night, and how rates over 100k per night are even occuring?
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