Marriott Rewards & SPG are moving to a combined award chart in August per the announcement on Monday last week and today issued examples with number of hotels in New York, Dubai, Paris, Bali and Caribbean/Mexico.
Marriott Rewards has nine rewards tiers and five for Ritz-Carlton hotels where SPG has seven (plus really separate one for hotels with no standard accommodation).
You can access Marriott’s page for these changes here.
As was disclosed last week, the combined program will have total of 8 award categories with off, standard and peak redemption periods.
Category 8 and off/on peak redemptions will be introduced in 2019. Category 8 hotels will be temporarily available at category 7 rates.
Here you can see several Marriott properties moving up in number of points required for a free night.
Here are some future category 8 properties that will be temporarily 7 where members can redeem at reduced price. Full service Marriott properties are moving higher to match the SPG ones.
Ritz-Carlton moves down and two Le Meridien properties will require significantly more points.
Caribbean & Mexico
Here two Westin properties will require significantly more points and St. Regis in Mexico City will see its category drop.
Quite frankly I don’t understand this Laguna’s award category at all when it is at the same level as the Ritz-Carlton (both went up).
The W has been way overpriced using points considering the most recent rates at the property (more competition). The St. Regis is on sale as category 7 until 8 is introduced next year.
Marriott/SPG states that there will be more hotels requiring fewer points than hotels moving up. This doesn’t tell a lot because it is easy to make hotels cheaper where people don’t redeem while making desirable properties more expensive using points.
I would expect this award category combination to be somewhat difficult on the Marriott side especially at the high end markets where highest hotel category has been 45,000 points per night. I would expect these to cost significant more. Let’s see when the combined award chart for Hawaii is introduced….
And the examples above are likely favorable for Marriott/SPG and there are quite a few hotels missing from the markets from where they are from.