Marriott Bonvoy Potential Hotels Exceeding Category 8 Points Limit

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Marriott Bonvoy last week instituted an update to its loyalty T&Cs that allows the program to waive maximum points requirements for any hotels they wish (read more here).

W Maldives Aerial Photo

SPG always had a number of all suite-hotels that required more points that their usual award category covered. These were exceptions and spelled out in the respective terms. These hotels because of much cheaper points wise when the programs were merged and combined award chart released.

You can access Marriott Bonvoy here.

READ MORE: Marriott Bonvoy Rate & Bonus Points And Miles Promotions

Here are the hotels that required more points under SPG (from the SPG terms) :

  • Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
  • The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand
  • Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
  • The St Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Le Meridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Mystique, Santorini, Santorini, Greece
  • The St. Regis Bali Resort, Nusa Dua, Indonesia
  • Hotel Cala di Volpe, Hotel Pitrizza,
  • Hotel Romazzino, Costa Smeralda, Italy
  • W Retreat & Spa, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
  • The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Vommuli, Maldives
  • W Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand
  • Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • St. Regis Residence Club, Aspen, CO
  • Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, Key West, FL
  • Phoenician Residences, Luxury Collection Residence Club, Scottsdale, AZ

Marriott briefly had the following exclusions on the Bonvoy terms last year (mostly same as the SPG list above – access the post here):

  • Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
  • The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand
  • Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
  • The St. Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Le Méridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Mystique, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini, Greece
  • The St. Regis Bali Resort, Nusa Dua, Indonesia
  • Hotel Cala di Volpe, Hotel Pitrizza, and Hotel Romazzino, Costa Smeralda, Italy
  • W Maldives, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
  • W Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand
  • Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • St. Regis Residence Club, Aspen, Aspen, CO
  • Phoenician Residences, a Luxury Collection Residence Club, Scottsdale, AZ.

Remember how expensive these specialty accommodation hotels were using Starpoints (read more here)?

SPG Resort Promotion Hotels

  • The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket – 40,000 Starpoints (120,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • The St. Regis Punta Mita 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • Le Méridien Bora Bora 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • W Retreat Koh Samui 60,000 Starpoimts (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • W Retreat & Spa – Maldives 90,000 Starpoints (270,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort 90,000 Starpoints (270,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort 90,000 Starpoints (270,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • The St. Regis Punta Mita 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)
  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort 60,000 Starpoints (180,000 Marriott Bonvoy)

As you can see, these hotels, which were grossly overpriced using Starpoints under SPG, are still half or sometimes one-third of the points now under Marriott Bonvoy (when you convert 1 Starpoints = 3 Marriott Bonvoy ratio).

Conclusion

Wouldn’t surprise me at all if these hotels will soon find their way back to Starwood era point requirements. Expect to pay 200,000 to 300,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night at these most luxurious hotels such as St Regis Maldives or Bora Bora.

I guess that Marriott Rewards executives didn’t have as enough experience dealing with luxury properties and just rammed them through at the first category 7 (60,000 points per night) and now at category 8 (70,000/85,000/100,000 per night).

These hotels are still available at half to one-third of their former Starpoints requirements, and I just recently booked the St. Regis Bora Bora for five nights at 340,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (previously 270K per night = 90,000 Starpoinrs).

Interesting to see what arguments Marriott Bonvoy is going to use when these hotels suddenly require double the number of points. If you have planned to redeem at them, do it before the point requirements skyrocket.

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