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NotiFlyer :: Late-Breaking News
Late-Breaking Program News Marriott Rewards Award Category Changes
(Posted: Feb 12, 2013)

Marriott Rewards has announced their annual hotel category award changes, effective May 16, 2013.

The majority of hotel properties, 63 percent, will not be moving categories. Of the 37 percent of hotels that will be moving, 36 percent of them will increase by one or more categories and only one percent will decrease by one or more categories.

Award stays booked on or before May 15 for stays after May 16 can be booked at current point levels and you can make reservations up to 50 weeks in advance of your stay. You can also book award reservations even if you don't have enough points in your account, but you must earn the points needed prior to your stay.

Marriott Rewards is also introducing a new Category 9 to its award structure. The Category 9 tier will become the program's highest tier at 45,000 points. When the new category is introduced in May, it will include 13 properties: Boston Marriott Long Wharf; Le Merigot, A JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa, Santa Monica; London Marriott Hotel County Hall; London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square; Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel; London Marriott Hotel Park Lane; St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel; JW Marriott Essex House; New York Marriott Marquis; Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square; Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees; Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel and Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel.

All hotels, including the new Category 9, will occasionally be offered as PointSavers. And the highest Category 9 hotels will also be included in the 5th night free offer and travel packages that include a seven-night stay and airfare.

There are over 3,600 properties that participate in Marriott Rewards so roughly 1,300 hotels will require more points when the changes go into effect. If you have any hotel stays planned at Marriott hotels this year or at the beginning of next year, be sure to redeem points before May 16. There is a small chance that the points required for a hotel stay will decrease but you can expect only around 43 hotels to move down a category.

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