Marriott launched the Week of Wonders promotion a week ago with several offers from award night discounts to deals with partners that ends today (read more here).
Then we published a piece on Saturday (read more here) that readers should check their award reservations through the end of the month to see if they can score a better hotel for the same number of points, as I did in Dubai – from Sheraton to Grosvenor House, or get some points back.
You can access Marriott’s page for awards here.
READ MORE: Marriott Bonvoy Rate & Bonus Points Offers
I noted on the piece that I also had two other Marriott Bonvoy award reservations for this October at the Al Maha Luxury Collection hotel in Dubai and the Le Meridien in the Maldives. I briefly looked at the redemption rates at these two hotels before I wrote the piece and noted that they were both the same or higher.
A reader left a comment on the piece that I should try modifying the award reservation to see if there are some points to be credited back, and I am glad that I did just that. As a result, I was able to get 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points back to my account:
I had reserved the hotel a while back for 10 nights at 280,000 points (I get the fifth night free twice).
Le Meridien Maldives Awards
Since I made the reservation, the hotel has assigned another accommodation type as their standard room, and the Overwater Sunrise Villa was now considered a premium one.
I decided to click the reservation, and it offered to credit 40,000 points back for the same room type that I booked.
For some reason, the system added a third person to the reservation that increased the cost (seaplane transfer). It has been later fixed to the original two.
Marriott Bonvoy Account Activity
The account shows the original deduction, redeposit, and the new withdrawal all grouped together.
I am not sure if this is a Marriott Bonvoy program feature or a glitch that you can get lower pricing even if the original room type is no longer considered a standard? I am glad that I followed a reader’s advice and checked my existing reservation. However, the Al Maha had moved from a standard 85,000 points per night to 100,000, so obviously didn’t want to reprice it.