Marriott Rewards Backpedals On No Blackout Dates Policy (Still Applies For Legacy Marriott Brands)

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Marriott Rewards has updated on Friday the Term and Conditions governing its loyalty program when it comes to the award night no blackout policy.

Marriott Rewards No Blackout Dates

Marriott Rewards mislead members for years claiming that there were no blackout dates when individual hotels could have them in place for months at a time.

You can access Marriott’s page for T&Cs here.

Marriott Rewards No Blackout Dates Policy Change

Here’s the old policy:

3.2.n. Blackout dates refer to a limited number of dates when a Participating Property could choose not to permit Members to redeem Points for Awards, but the Company has a “No Blackout Dates” benefit so that if there is a standard room available for booking by any means, whether by cash, credit or Points, then a Member can reserve the room using Points.  The following properties either do not participate in or do not fully participate in the No Blackout Dates benefit at this time:

  • Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection

  • The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection

  • JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn® Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Marriott Vacation Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club – all properties

  • Participating Vistana properties

  • Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, Rome, Italy

  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Hawaii

  • Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott – Maui, Hawaii

Here’s the updated policy:

3.2.n. The Company has a “No Blackout Dates” policy, which means that, subject to the limitations and exclusions below, Participating Properties have standard rooms available every day for Award Redemptions. These limitations and exclusions are:

i. Participating Properties from the following Brands may cap the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days: The Ritz-Carlton®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, SpringHill Suites®, Protea Hotels®, Fairfield by Marriott®, AC Hotels®, Moxy® Hotels, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®.

ii. The following Participating Brands allow only for Points/Miles earnings and do not offer Points redemption: Marriott Executive Apartments® and ExecuStay®.

iii. The following Participating Properties or Brands either do not participate in or do not fully participate in the No Blackout Dates benefit at this time:

  • Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection

  • The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection

  • JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn® Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Marriott Vacation Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club – all properties

  • Participating Vistana properties

  • Rome Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, Rome, Italy

  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Hawaii

  • Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott – Maui, Hawaii

Conclusion

So, in essence, there isn’t no blackout policy in place for legacy Marriott brands regardless what Marriott Rewards has been advertising for years and this continues.

While the “Company” have no blackout policy more than 80% its properties may have them? What kind of “no blackout dates” policy is this?

No blackout policy only applies for legacy Starwood brands where hotels must have room available using points if they have standard rooms available for cash.

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