Save Points by Booking Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Award Stays Before April 8, 2014

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Marriott is the latest hotel to make changes to their award program after Starwood and Club Carlson.

And with these changes ~21% of Marriott hotels and ~24% of Ritz-Carlton hotels will cost you more points.  Book your Marriott award stays BEFORE April 8, 2014, to avoid paying more Marriott points.

Save Points By Booking Marriott & Ritz Carlton Award Stays Before April 8 2014

Use Your Marriott Reward Points Now, So You Don’t Have to Pay More Later

Link:   Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Change Announcement

Link:   Full List of Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Changes

Link:   Marriott Award Chart

While 21% of Marriott’s hotels are increasing in redemption price, 6% are actually decreasing in price.  And 73% of Marriott hotels will stay at the same redemption rate.

The Marriott award chart will stay the same.  This means that there are no new categories and hotels within a category will cost the same number of points.

Save Points By Booking Marriott & Ritz Carlton Award Stays Before April 8 2014

The Marriott Award Chart Will NOT Change

Sixty-five of Ritz-Carlton’s 85 hotels will NOT change categories.  The Ritz-Carlton award chart will also stay the same.

Save Points By Booking Marriott & Ritz Carlton Award Stays Before April 8 2014

The Ritz-Carlton Award Chart Will NOT Change

Hotels That Will Cost You More Points

The hotels that will increase in points are moving up 1 category.  Unfortunately the hotels moving up are primarily the nicer category 5 to 8 hotels located in popular destinations. 

If you plan to stay at any of these hotels make sure you book BEFORE April 8, 2014!

Here are a few interesting hotels:

Save Points By Booking Marriott & Ritz Carlton Award Stays Before April 8 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Will Soon Cost 10,000 More Points per Night

Hotels That Will Cost You Fewer Points

Some Marriott hotels will cost you fewer points.  So if you plan on staying at one of these hotels, book AFTER April 7, 2014, to save some points.  If you already have a hotel stay booked at one of these hotels you could try canceling your reservation and re-booking.

However, there’s NO guarantee that there will still be rooms available.

Here are a few interesting hotels:

Save Points By Booking Marriott & Ritz Carlton Award Stays Before April 8 2014

The Marriott, San Jose, Costa Rica Will Soon Cost 5,000 Fewer Points per Night

The bad news is NO hotels over category 6 will cost fewer points and NO Ritz-Carlton hotels will cost fewer points.  In addition, the majority of hotels that will cost fewer points are located in less traveled areas outside of major US cities or in Middle East.

Bottom Line

Some Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels change categories from April 8, 2014.  The majority of the hotels changing will cost more points.  So book your stay BEFORE April 8, 2014 to save points!  You can usually cancel a reservation made with Marriott points for free, but check the cancellation policy before your book.

So there’s no harm in making bookings for trips which you may be thinking of taking.

A small number of Marriott hotels will require fewer in points for a free night.  If you plan to stay at any of these hotels save points by booking AFTER April 7, 2014.

The majority of Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels will NOT change at all.

Like most folks, I don’t like when my favorite hotels start to cost more points.  But most things increase in price over time.  And that’s why instead of letting my points sit in my account, I try to take great trips as soon as I can!

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6 responses to “Save Points by Booking Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Award Stays Before April 8, 2014

  1. Do you know if you book now and change the dates after April 8, will it reprice the nights at the higher category?

  2. Just when we thought Marriott’s reward program couldn’t get any worse, it does! Marriott’s redemption values are not great, and I believe they are one of the worst hotel reward redemption programs out there. I mean staying in at a Ritz for 70,000 points per night? They’re just as bad as Hilton Hhonors. The only bright side to Marriott is their Chase credit card, which you get free night in category 1-5 hotels every anniversary year. Now I could go to Marriott in Costa Rica for free for 1 night (2 including my wife’s free night).

  3. I just discovered Award reservations can be made w/o having the necessary points in your account. You just need to have the points to pay at least 7 days prior to your arrival. This is great for me because it will be another month before I receive the 70k point bonus via the current Chase offer.

  4. Anyone have other listings to category changes than the ones listed above? None of those seem to be working for me. I’m particularly interested in understanding whether the Marriott Wailea and the Ritz Carlton Kapalua are bumping up. Currently in process of a planning a Maui trip and was hoping to finalize the details this weekend.

    Thanks!

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