New Marriott Rewards Points Value: Book Now or After August 1? Part 1: Categories 1 and 2 — The U.S.

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Sunset on a beach in Jacksonville, FL

The ultimate Marriott Rewards Points Value can be hard to read, because everyone has their own idea of what their miles or points are worth based on their travel patterns.

Back in February, I wrote a series of articles about Hilton Honors, which remains one of the most popular on my blog to this day.

I’m going to do a similar curated write-up on Marriott hotels now that we know what they’re going to cost. Some properties will cost more points, while others will cost less, so check my tables below to decide whether you want to book before or after August 1. I don’t know how many articles it will take. We’ll see.

I used this Marriott table for my research, though it’s very imperfect. It lets you search for hotels using different parameters, but for one thing, I’d rather be able to search by specific geographical locations, rather than countries. But — what can I say — you can’t have everything.

Since I mostly travel internationally, I usually pay attention to international hotels only, but I decided to do something different this time and dig into Marriott properties here in the U.S. There can be fantastic U.S. locations I don’t know much about served by low-category Marriott hotels, hence my U.S. list is likely woefully incomplete. But here is my best, anyway.

Keep in mind a few things.

1. Just like with most other hotel programs, my approach is that you can benefit the most if you use your points at the cheapest or most expensive properties, but there are exceptions.

2. My lowest value for Marriott points is 0.8 cents – yours may differ, but add taxes to look at the whole picture (because you don’t usually pay taxes on an award stay).

3a. Consider the length of stay – with Marriott you get the 5th night free.

3b. But if you stay for 4 days and have the Citi Prestige credit card, try to see if you can get a cheaper cash stay with the 4th night free. There are also all kinds of stackable discounts you can find at Hotels.com and other OTAs, especially if you use gift cards.

4a. See if you can find a cheaper comparable hotel or vacation rental in an area you want to stay in.

4b. However, if you are going to be Platinum after August 1, consider the free food and booze you will not be getting elsewhere.

5. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s doubly important when you’re on the road. If you have a choice of Marriott brand hotels in the area where you want to stay, keep in mind that:

The following Marriott brands offer free breakfast to everyone:

  • Residence Inn
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites
  • SpringHill Suites
  • TownePlace Suites (have kitchen facilities, too)
  • Element by Westin (SPG)

Neither Courtyard by Marriott nor other SPG and Marriott brands that don’t list breakfast as a standard amenity will provide free breakfast other than to Platinum elites after August 1.

Redeeming Marriott Rewards Points in the USA

Like I said before, I’m mostly an international traveler, so I don’t know much about U.S. hotels beyond the most popular tourist locations. Please help me change that: if you know about Marriott/SPG hotels in obscure locations, but close to some amazing national parks or other landmarks – please let me know in the comments section.

With a few exceptions, Category 1 and 2 hotels won’t let you stay in a city center – if it’s a touristy city, that is. However, it doesn’t mean that these redemptions are useless. Here are a few situations I can think of:

1. Incorporate award stays at cheap hotels as well as city hotels to better explore the area.

2. Make a weekend trip out of it.

3. Stay at a nice hotel and do nothing for a night or 2 – even if there is not much to explore in the area. Renaissance in McAllen, TX seems

3. See if there is a cluster of hotels in the areas you want to explore on a longer trip.

I’ve noticed a bunch of Category 1-2 properties in Texas and Louisiana that would allow me to make an epic road trip across these 2 states – if I had that much go-time at my disposal.

Marriott Rewards Points Value

Take a road trip across southern Texas and Louisiana for a song by staying at Categories 1 and 2 Marriott hotels

Sometimes, you will find cheap hotels that are close to national parks or monuments. Here is one example. Fairfield Inn & Suites Scottsbluff is a Category 2 hotel located close to Scotts Bluff National Monument and a bunch of other attractions like Chimney Rock. It costs 15,000 points now, but will go 2,500 points down to 12,500 points on August 1. Since the hotel consistently costs from $130 to $200 before taxes, this would be a terrific redemption in my book – if you want to visit the area.

Marriott Rewards Points Values

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Marriott has this interactive map that can help you find hotels close to some interesting landmarks.

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Scottsbluff costs 15,000 points now and will cost 12,500 points after August 1.
  • Residence Inn Albuquerque (close to El Malpais National Monument) costs the same.
  • SpringHill Suites Vernal (close to Dinosaur National Monument): 10,000/7,500.
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Vernal (ditto): 7,500/7,500.

Then, there are a couple of hotels in Florida, close to I-95 and the beaches.

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Palm Coast I-95: 15,000/12,500.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Jacksonville Baymeadows: 12,000/17,500 – a nice hotel between the St. Johns River and the beach book now, before it goes up in points.

If you are exploring Texas. the Casa De Palmas Renaissance McAllen Hotel seems to be a place to enjoy a lazy weekend at a beautiful. yet cheap Category 2 hotel (10,000/12,5000).

Marriott Rewards Points Values

Beautiful Casa De Palmas Renaissance McAllen

Like I’ve said, I’m totally dissatisfied with the Marriott table, which is why (other than for the above locations) I redesigned it to group my findings. In the end, would you be more loyal to Fairfield than Residence? Probably not, unless one particular hotel in the area is better than another. I’ve grouped the properties around the following cities:

  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Laredo
  • Denver
  • Jacksonville
  • Philadelphia
  • Atlanta
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans

Quite honestly, I underestimated the scale of the task, as it’s turned out to be a huge and time-consuming job. I hope you find it useful and recommend you bookmark this post. More are coming.

Marriott Hotels to Become/Remain Category 1 on August 1 2018 

COST: 7,500/30,000 per 5-night stay 

  • RED: WAIT! Book AFTER August 1, 2018
  • BLACK: Doesn’t Matter
Courtyard Chicago Elgin/West Dundee 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Courtyard Chicago Wood Dale/Itasca 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Lombard 7,500 7,500 0
TownePlace Suites Chicago Elgin/West Dundee 7,500 7,500 0
Courtyard Houston Northwest 7,500 7,500 0
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston  Channelview 7,500 7,500 0
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Energy Corridor/Katy Freeway 7,500 7,500 0
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Humble 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston I-45 North 10,000 7,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Northwest 7,500 7,500 0
SpringHill Suites Houston Rosenberg 7,500 7,500 0
TownePlace Suites Houston Energy Corridor/Katy Freeway 7,500 7,500 0
TownePlace Suites Houston I-10 East 10,000 7,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Houston Northwest 7,500 7,500 0
Courtyard New Orleans Covington/Mandeville 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Residence Inn New Orleans Covington/North Shore 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Baton Rouge South 10,000 7,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Baton Rouge South 10,000 7,500 2,500
Courtyard Jacksonville 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Jacksonville 10,000 7,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Jacksonville 7,500 7,500 0
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis I-240 & Perkins 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Albuquerque North 10,000 7,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn Albuquerque University Area 10,000 7,500 -2,500

Marriott Hotels to Become/Remain Category 2 on August 1 2018 

COST: 12,500/50,000 per 5-night stay

  • RED: WAIT! Book AFTER August 1, 2018
  • GREEN: Book NOW before the price goes up on August 1, 2018

Marriott Rewards Points Values at Chicago Area Hotels

Chicago Marriott Schaumburg 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/North 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Bloomingdale 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Deerfield 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Elmhurst/Oakbrook Area 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Glenview/Northbrook 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Highland Park/Northbrook 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Chicago Lincolnshire 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Naperville 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Chicago Oakbrook Terrace 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Chicago Schaumburg/Woodfield Mall 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Chicago St. Charles 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Naperville 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Naperville/Aurora 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Schaumburg 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago St. Charles 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Chicago Bloomingdale 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Chicago Bolingbrook 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Chicago Deerfield 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Chicago Naperville/Warrenville 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Chicago Schaumburg/Woodfield Mall 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Chicago Bolingbrook 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Chicago Elmhurst/Oakbrook Area 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Chicago Lincolnshire 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Chicago Naperville/Warrenville 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Chicago Schaumburg/Woodfield Mall 15,000 12,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Chicago Lombard 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Chicago Naperville 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Chicago Schaumburg 15,000 12,500 -2,500

Dallas Area Hotels

Courtyard Dallas Lewisville, Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Plano/The Colony, and TownePlace Suites Dallas Bedford are going up 5,000 points after August 1. Book now if you want it. Note, however, that there are 2 hotels that are located very close to the City Center, and another one that’s a little farther away.

  • Courtyard Dallas Medical/Market Center
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Medical/Market Center
  • Residence Inn Dallas Market Center (a few miles farther, but an all suite hotel)
Courtyard Dallas Addison/Midway 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Dallas Carrollton and Carrollton Conference Center 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Central Expressway 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Dallas Flower Mound 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Dallas Las Colinas 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Dallas Lewisville 7,500 12,500 5,000
Courtyard Dallas Medical/Market Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Dallas Mesquite 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Midlothian at Midlothian Conference Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Dallas Northwest 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Plano in Legacy Park 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Plano Parkway at Preston Road 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Plano/Richardson 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Plano/The Colony 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Campbell 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Spring Valley 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Dallas-Fort Worth/Bedford 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Las Colinas 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Lewisville 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Medical/Market Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Mesquite 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas North by the Galleria 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Park Central 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Plano 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Plano North 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Plano/The Colony 7,500 12,500 5,000
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Waxahachie 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas West/I-30 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Las Colinas 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Lewisville 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas Medical/Market Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Allen/Fairview 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas at The Canyon 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Central Expressway 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Las Colinas 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Lewisville 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Market Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Park Central 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Plano/Legacy 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Plano/Richardson 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Plano/Richardson at Coit Rd. 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Dallas Plano/The Colony 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Dallas Lewisville 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Dallas McKinney 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Dallas NW Highway at Stemmons/I-35E 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Dallas Plano/Frisco 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Dallas Richardson/Plano 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Dallas Rockwall 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Dallas Bedford 7,500 12,500 5,000
TownePlace Suites Dallas DeSoto 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Dallas Las Colinas 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Dallas Lewisville 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Dallas Mesquite 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Dallas Plano 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Dallas McKinney 10,000 12,500 2,500

Houston Area Hotels

Houston Marriott North 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston Brookhollow 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston I-10 West/Energy Corridor 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston I-10 West/Park Row 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston Intercontinental Airport 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Houston Katy Mills 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston Kingwood 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston North 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston North/Shenandoah 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Houston Northwest/Cypress 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Houston NW/290 Corridor 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston Pearland 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston Springwoods Village 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston Sugar Land 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Houston Westchase 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Conroe Near The Woodlands® 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston North/Spring 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Northwest/Willowbrook 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Pasadena 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston The Woodlands 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Westchase 10,000 12,500 2,500
Four Points by Sheraton Houston Energy Corridor 12,000 12,500 500
Residence Inn Houston I-10 West/Park Row 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston Katy Mills 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston North 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston Northwest/Cypress 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Houston Northwest/Willowbrook 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston Pasadena 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston Springwoods Village 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston Sugar Land 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston Tomball 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Houston West/Beltway 8 at Clay Road 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston West/Energy Corridor 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Houston Westchase on Westheimer 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Houston North/Shenandoah 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Houston Westchase 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Brookhollow 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Hobby Airport 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Hwy. 290/NW Cypress 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston I-10 West/Energy Corridor 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston I-45 North 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Katy Mills 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Pearland 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Sugar Land 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Houston Westchase 10,000 12,500 2,500

Philadelphia Area Hotels

Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia  is going down 7,500 points.

 Fairfield Inn & Suites Mt. Laurel  15,000  12,500  -2,500
 TownePlace Suites Mt. Laurel  15,000  12,500  -2,500
Courtyard Philadelphia Great Valley/Malvern 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Philadelphia Lansdale 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Philadelphia Montgomeryville 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Philadelphia Plymouth Meeting 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge/Collegeville 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia 20,000 12,500 -7,500
Courtyard Philadelphia Willow Grove 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Philadelphia Valley Forge/Great Valley 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Philadelphia Willow Grove 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Philadelphia Great Valley/Malvern 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Philadelphia Montgomeryville 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Philadelphia Valley Forge 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Philadelphia Valley Forge/Collegeville 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Philadelphia Willow Grove 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Plymouth Meeting 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Valley Forge/King of Prussia 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Willow Grove 15,000 12,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Philadelphia Horsham 15,000 12,500 -2,500

Atlanta Area Hotels

Courtyard Atlanta Duluth/Gwinnett Place is going down 7,500 points.

Courtyard Atlanta Duluth/Gwinnett Place 20,000 12,500 -7,500
Courtyard Atlanta Norcross/I-85 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Atlanta Norcross/Peachtree Corners 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Atlanta Northlake 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Baton Rouge Siegen Lane 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Stonecrest 15,000 12,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Atlanta Norcross/Peachtree Corners 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Atlanta Northlake 10,000 12,500 2,500

Memphis Area Hotels

Courtyard Memphis Collierville 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Memphis East/Bill Morris Parkway 10,000 12,500 2,500
Courtyard Memphis East/Park Avenue 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Courtyard Memphis Southaven 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Germantown 10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Olive Branch  10,000 12,500 2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Southaven 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Four Points by Sheraton Memphis – Southwind 12,000 12,500 500
Four Points by Sheraton Memphis East 12,000 12,500 500
Residence Inn Memphis Southaven 15,000 12,500 -2,500

Denver Area Hotels

Courtyard Denver Tech Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center/South 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Residence Inn Denver Tech Center 20,000 12,500 -7,500
SpringHill Suites Denver Tech Center 20,000 12,500 -7,500
TownePlace Suites Denver Southeast 15,000 12,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Denver Tech Center 10,000 12,500 2,500

New Orleans/Lafayette/Baton Rouge Hotels

I once found myself in Baton Rouge by accident, but liked it enough to stay overnight. When I shared with someone that I enjoyed Baton Rouge, I was told “Nah, you should’ve gone to Lafayette, instead.” So, maybe next time.

Residence Inn Baton Rouge Siegen Lane 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Baton Rouge Gonzales 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Baton Rouge South 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites Lafayette South at River Ranch 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites New Orleans Harvey/West Bank 15,000 12,500 -2,500

Laredo Hotels

Courtyard is going up 5,000 points after August 1. Book now if you want it.

Courtyard Laredo 7,500 12,500 5,000
Fairfield Inn & Suites Laredo 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Laredo Del Mar 10,000 12,500 2,500
SpringHill Suites Laredo 10,000 12,500 2,500
TownePlace Suites Laredo 10,000 12,500 2,500

El Paso Area Hotels

Courtyard El Paso Downtown/Convention Center 15,000 12,500 -2,500
Fairfield Inn & Suites El Paso 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn El Paso 15,000 12,500 -2,500
SpringHill Suites El Paso 10,000 12,500 2,500

Jacksonville Area Hotels

Note: Jacksonville Marriott is going down 7,500 points after August 1, 2018

Jacksonville Marriott 20,000 12,500 -7,500
Courtyard Jacksonville Butler Boulevard 10,000 12,500 2,500
Residence Inn Jacksonville South/Bartram Park 15,000 12,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Jacksonville 7,500 7,500 0

Albuquerque Hotels

Courtyard Albuquerque 15,000 12,500 -2,500
TownePlace Suites Albuquerque North 15,000 12,500 -2,500

Photo Credits:

Jacksonville

Scotts Bluff National Monument

NEXT: U.S. Marriott Hotels Category 3

 

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4 Responses to New Marriott Rewards Points Value: Book Now or After August 1? Part 1: Categories 1 and 2 — The U.S.

  1. bluecat says:

    Wow…very thorough. Your idea of a road trip through the South was not very “aspirational”, though. 😉

    I had about 250K points last month when all the hoopla began about what to do before Aug/after Aug/before Feb, etc. My head began to spin from all of the options.

    So I made it easy on myself: I bought some extra points and then used 300K to purchase a Airline pts + 7 day certificate. It’s not my style to stay in one place for 7 days but I think I understand that they will cash out that certificate and I will have a bucket of points to play with after Aug 1.

    So, right now, I don’t even need to worry about which hotels are going up or down in value.

    But I’m okay with that as I don’t like to make bookings in advance unless it’s a place I absolutely know I would visit *and* it’s a hotel that I already know I wanted to stay at *and* the price will shoot up if I don’t act on it now.

    All this to say that I look forward to a follow-up post of the changes that will happen in Feb 2019…the hotels with major devaluations. Hope you will consider doing one of those posts.

    • Andy Shuman says:

      LOL, you do remember that we’re dealing with Cat. 1 and 2 properties, right?

      “Your idea of a road trip through the South was not very ‘aspirational’.” Maybe not, but aspirational is in the eye of beholder. To me it would be, because I can’t spend too much time away (for personal, more than professional reasons). I would immensely enjoy a long road trip like that.

      Are you sure you’ll get the full points refund if you cancel your certificate?

      Will do the Feb 2019 review later this year.

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