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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.
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.
Sixty-five of Ritz-Carlton’s 85 hotels will NOT change categories. The Ritz-Carlton award chart will also stay the same.
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:
- Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman – Category 4 to Category 5 (10,000 more points)
- The Cosmopoltan, Las Vegas – Category 8 to Category 9 (5,000 more points)
- Marriott, Sydney Harbour – Category 7 to Category 8 (5,000 more points)
- Courtyard, Waikiki Beach – Category 6 to Category 7 (5,000 more points)
- JW Marriott, Bangkok – Category 5 to Category 6 (5,000 more points)
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
Here are a few interesting hotels:
- Marriott, San Jose, Costa Rica – Category 6 to Category 5 (5,000 fewer points)
- Marriott, Istanbul, Turkey – Category 5 to Category 4 (5,000 fewer points)
- Spring Hill Suites, Las Vegas North – Category 4 to Category 3 (5,000 fewer points)
- Residence Inn, Phoenix – Category 3 to Category 2 (5,000 fewer points)
- Courtyard, DFW Airport West, Dallas – Category 2 to Category 1 (5,000 fewer points)
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.
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!