From May 16 Marriott Rewards will make changes to its hotel categories as part of an annual review, including the addition of a ninth band, requiring 45,000 points per night for a redemption stay.
All redemption reservations booked on or before May 15 for stays after May 16 will be honoured at the point price booked, and redemption reservations can be made up to 50 weeks in advance, even before having the required points in your account.
Category one is charged at 7,500 points and category two is set at 10,000, with the other categories rising up by denominations of 5,000 to the new category nine, at 45,000 points. These existing rates have not changed, but the hotels in each category have.
The new category nine includes hotels such as: Boston Marriott Long Wharf, London Marriott Hotel County Hall, London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square and Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees.
Points Saver awards are available for category nine properties and are charged at 40,000. Points Saver is an ongoing promotion offering discounts on selected hotels in the Marriott collection, with changing properties all the time.
The breakdown of the category changes reads as follows:
- 73 per cent of the program's properties will remain in Categories 1-4
- 63 per cent of the properties remain unchanged
- 1 per cent of the properties will decrease by one or more categories
- 36 per cent of the properties will increase by one or more categories
The scheme has also made its Elite nights rollover benefit permanent (see online news February 13).
For more information visit marriott.co.uk.
Report by Scott Carey