I have the old Marriott Visa card. I like the old terms better than those received with the new Marriott Bonvoy card.
My anniversary certificate is now worth 25,000 points, not for a Category 4 stay.
I cannot even use it at a Category 4 hotel during peak season.
I am going to Palm Springs, CA for a couple of nights, but cannot use it because there are NO properties that are less than a category 5. None. Zippo.
The Courtyards where I used to use the old Category 4 certificates are now category 5.
(This is true of many vacation areas in California where I live. I do not travel for business, only pleasure.)
There are no Fairfields nor Residence Inns in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert/Indian Wells area.
When I called Marriott to ask if they can redeem the certificate and apply the 25,000 points to my account so that I can add my points to make it 35,000 or more for the night, they said no, they cannot.
The advice given by all 3 customer service reps: Upgrade to the new Marriott Bonvoy card so that next year I will get a 35,000 point certificate.