Marriott Rewards & SPG have now published combined award chart that will come into effect in early August when programs are merged.
According to Marriott, 52% of the hotels will require fewer points while 31% will require more. Members Can redeem at category 7 levels for category 8 hotels until early 2019. Marriott has now included previously SPG’s all suite properties such as Sr Regis Bora Bora and Maldives into the regular award chart (great savings!).
You can access Marriott’s page for the new award charts here.
You can use the various options to sort the hotels based on country or change in number of points. The search function works too if you can search by country or by name.
Here are category 8 hotels:
Note that you can redeem at all these at 60,000 points per night until early 2019.
Quite a few Ritz-Carlton’s are moving up in the number of points required for a free night.
Cash + Points
It is interesting to see what kind of participation there will be among hotels with this option. You can consider this as effectively buying points.
These are discounted 6% to 20% off their usual number of points required. Previously Marriott discounted their awards by flat 5,000 points per level.
I will have another post about this tomorrow when I have had more time to digest these changes and have deeper look at the all the 6,500 or so properties moving up and down.
The ability to book at greatly reduced rates at the much sought after properties in Bora Bora and Maldives can be a theoretical benefit considering how few standard rooms they must have each.
My first thought is that at least this is not a complete disaster. What are your thoughts?