Marriott Rewards Terms & Conditions Changes Effective April 15, 2018

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Marriott Rewards is changing some terms and conditions governing its loyalty program effective April 15, 2018.

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There was a change back in January 2018 that we seems to have missed that readers should be aware of. Marriott also appears to have discontinued the rail rewards that were in partnership with Orient Express for travel in Asia.

You can access Marriott’s page for program information here.

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Vacations by Marriott Packages Effective April 15, 2018:

  • Vacations by Marriott is administered by a third-party travel partner on behalf of Marriott Rewards.

  • Effective April 15, 2018, Rewards points and Elite night credit are earned in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Marriott Rewards program.

You cannot use Marriott Rewards points or frequent flyer miles to purchase Vacations by Marriott packages.

Previously:

  • Vacations by Marriott is administered by a third-party travel partner on behalf of Marriott Rewards.

  • You will receive a total of 5,000 Marriott Rewards® points for booking a vacation package on Vacations by Marriott. Due to the discounted nature of the packages, you will not receive additional Marriott Rewards points beyond the 5,000 points you will receive for your vacation package booking, or receive qualifying nights used toward Marriott Rewards Silver, Gold or Platinum Elite status.

  • You will receive points for incidental purchases made during your stay.

  • Marriott Rewards points are credited to your account 2 – 4 weeks after travel has been completed.

  • You cannot use Marriott Rewards points or frequent flyer miles to purchase Vacations by Marriott packages.

This is a good change. You now earn points for the hotel component of your stay and night credit too. Your stay should also qualify for any possible promotion.

Here’s term and conditions change that Marriott made on January 9:

  • You agree that you will make only legitimate point-redemption reservations in good faith for use by you and your invited guests only, and not for other purposes, including without limitation, reselling, impermissibly assigning or posting on third party websites, or making speculative, false or fraudulent reservations, or any reservation in anticipation of demand.

This is understandable beyond the last point. Members make award reservations when the paid rates are through the roof and when this usually happens is when the demand is high.

Conclusion

Overall, small changes and especially this Vacations by Marriott that I believe is actually handled by Expedia is a good move. Now members will earn points for their stay, proper night credit and can partake any possible Marriott Rewards promotions.

Members sometimes make award reservations when they might go to an event. What is made in “good faith” and what is not is very difficult call.

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