Marriott 2019 Annual Category Changes: Category 8 Pricing, 346 Hotels Getting More Expensive, 37 Hotels Getting Less Expensive

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Read about previous category changes:

Marriott 2019 Complete List Of Annual Category Changes 

You can view current categories for Marriott hotels here.

Book stays before 3/5 local hotel time to lock in current rates for future stays at hotels that are going up.  You can book stays up to 350 days in advance. Almost all hotel stays are cancellable for free until a certain amount of time before the stay (read the fine print).  If you have a reservation at a hotel that is going down then just cancel and rebook the stay on 3/5 when this year’s category changes go into effect.

Most hotels chains reorganize their categories yearly to keep them current with the average rates that they charge. Legacy Starwood hotels still have no capacity controls on standard rooms. The good part about that is that if a major event is in town and rates are quadruple what they normally are, you can still use the regular amount of points as long as the hotel is not sold out of standard rooms.

You can request a points advance to lock in current rates as long as you have the points in your account 2 weeks before your stay.

Hotels going up from category 5 to 6 will no longer be bookable with anniversary nights from cards like the Starwood Consumer AMEX, Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® CardChase Marriott Premier Plus Consumer Card, and Chase Marriott Premier Plus Business Card 

Hotels going up from category 6 to 7 will no longer be bookable with anniversary nights from cards like the Starwood Luxury AMEX and the discontinued Ritz Carlton card. However when off-peak nights are introduced later this this year you should be able to use these nights on category 7 hotels.

Note that you won’t be able to change the dates on a reservation after the price goes up, your only options are to use the stay or cancel it and get your points back. You can make one night reservations if you’re not sure how many nights you want to stay, though you won’t be able to take advantage of a free night on a 5 night point stay like that.

In addition to hotel category changes, higher category 8 pricing will go into effect on 3/5. However peak and off-peak pricing won’t be added until later in 2019. Every 5th night will remain free on award stays.

 Current Marriott Award ChartMarch 2019 Marriott Award ChartFuture Award Chart
Category 17,5007,5005,000 off-peak
7,500 standard
10,000 peak
Category 212,50012,50010,000 off-peak
12,500 standard
15,000 peak
Category 317,50017,50015,000 off-peak
17,500 standard
20,000 peak
Category 425,00025,00020,000 off-peak
25,000 standard
30,000 peak
Category 535,00035,00030,000 off-peak
35,000 standard
40,000 peak
Category 650,00050,00040,000 off-peak
50,000 standard
60,000 peak
Category 760,00060,00050,000 off-peak
60,000 standard
70,000 peak
Category 860,00085,00070,000 off-peak
85,000 standard
100,000 peak

Highlights:

  • The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel is a great airport hotel and becomes a good value dropping from category 5 to 4. Oddly enough the lower end Four Points by Sheraton LAX goes up from a category 4 to 5.
  • 2 W hotels in LA go down from a category 7 to 6, making them a good value and eligible for anniversary nights on the SPG Luxury AMEX.
  • The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket used to be an all-suites hotel with SPG costing a points fortune. It will drop down from category 7 to 6 and become eligible for anniversary nights on the SPG Luxury AMEX.
  • The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa will drop down from category 7 to 6 and become eligible for anniversary nights on the SPG Luxury AMEX. This is a lower end Maldives resort, but a decent option on a budget. This hotel doesn’t require a pricey seaplane transfer as most Maldives resorts do.

Lowlights:

  • Israel gets hit hard again with the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel climbing from a category 5 to 6, making it ineligible for anniversary nights on the base Starwood and Marriott cards. The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, climbs from a category 6 to 7, making it ineligible for anniversary nights on the SPG Luxury card.
  • Several Hawaii hotels are going up in price, including the Residence Inn Maui Wailea and Sheraton Waikiki.
  • Many London hotels are moving up as well.
  • The Westin Venice, which was supposed to have been a decent category 7 value, will jump to category 8, making just as pricey as more luxurious options there.
  • The W Hong Kong, which was supposed to have been a decent category 7 value, will jump to category 8.
  • Category 8 pricing goes up from 60K points to 85K points, so you’ll want to make bookings at those hotels now.

Sample hotels going more expensive:

  • Aloft Cleveland Airport, was 1, now 2
  • Panama Marriott Hotel, was 2, now 3
  • Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls, NY, was 3, now 4
  • JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, was 3, now 4
  • Aloft New York Brooklyn, was 4, now 5
  • S. Regis Chengdu, China, was 4, now 5
  • Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, was 4, now 5
  • Courtyard Palm Springs, was 4, now 5
  • Four Points by Sheraton LAX, was 4, now 5
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Los Angeles LAX, was 4, now 5
  • Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter, was 4, now 5
  • Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel, was 4, now 5
  • Sheraton Lisbon Hotel & Spa, was 5, now 4
  • Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami, was 5, now 6
  • W Miami, was 5, now 6
  • Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel, was 5, now 6
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Tucson, was 5, now 6
  • Hollywood Beach Marriott, was 5, now 6
  • Sheraton Niagara Falls, NY, was 5, now 6
  • Residence Inn Maui Wailea, was 5, now 6
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Honolulu, was 5, now 6
  • Courtyard Boston Copley Square, was 5, now 6
  • Courtyard New York Manhattan/Central Park, was 5, now 6
  • Courtyard San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, was 5, now 6
  • Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, was 5, now 6
  • Sheraton Suites Key West, was 5, now 6
  • Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel, was 5, now 6
  • London Marriott Hotel Kensington, was 5, now 6
  • Residence Inn London Bridge, was 5, now 6
  • Westin Palace, Milan, was 5, now 6
  • Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, was 5, now 6
  • JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, was 5, now 6
  • San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, was 5, now 6
  • The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv, was 6, now 7
  • Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, was 6, now 7
  • The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection, was 6, now 7
  • Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, was 6, now 7
  • Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, was 6, now 7
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection, was 6, now 7
  • Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Kauai, Autograph Collection, was 6, now 7
  • Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, was 6, now 7
  • Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel, was 6, now 7
  • French Leave Resort Bahamas, Autograph Collection, was 6, now 7

Here are all of the category 7 hotels going up to category 8 (60K points to 85K points):

  • Westin Europa & Regina, Venice
  • W Hong Kong
  • The London EDITION
  • Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
  • The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, UAE
  • Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley
  • Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection
  • Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve

Sample hotels going less expensive:

  • Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, was 5, now 4
  • W Hollywood, was 7, now 6
  • W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills, was 7, now 6
  • The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket, was 7, now 6
  • Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, was 7, now 6
  • Westin Dublin, was 7, now 6
  • S. Regis Osaka, was 8, now 7 (Effectively unchanged and will remain at 60K points)

Here are all of the category 8 hotels, which will climb from 60K points to 85K points when category 8 pricing goes up on 3/5:

  • Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, a Member of Design Hotels
  • Phoenician Residences, a Luxury Collection Residence Club, Scottsdale
  • The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
  • The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City
  • The Miami Beach EDITION
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
  • The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, CO
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, FL
  • The S. Regis Aspen Resort
  • The S. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
  • The S. Regis Deer Valley, UT
  • The S. Regis New York
  • W South Beach
  • Schloss Fuschl, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg, Austria
  • Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort, Barra de Sao Miguel, a Member of Design Hotels, Brazil
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • The Westin Golf Resort & Spa All Inclusive, Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
  • Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Hôtel de Berri, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, France
  • Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, France
  • Le Méridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • The S. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
  • Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete, Greece
  • Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection, Greece
  • Mystique, A Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini, Greece
  • Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos, Greece
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
  • The St. Regis Bali Resort, Indonesia
  • Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
  • G-Rough, Rome, a Member of Design Hotels, Italy
  • Hotel Cala di Volpe, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda, Italy
  • Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice, Italy
  • Hotel Pitrizza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda, Italy
  • Hotel Romazzino, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Costa Smeralda, Italy
  • PalazzinaG, Venice, a Member of Design Hotels, Italy
  • The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice, Italy
  • The S. Regis Florence, Italy
  • The S. Regis Rome, Italy
  • Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto, Japan
  • The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Japan
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, Japan
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan
  • The S. Regis Osaka, Japan
  • The S. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives
  • W Maldives
  • The S. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico
  • The S. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
  • The S. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, Spain
  • Giardino Ascona, A Member Of Design Hotels, Switzerland
  • Giardino Mountain, a Member of Design Hotels, Switzerland
  • Hotel President Wilson, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland
  • W Verbier, Switzerland
  • Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
  • W Koh Samui, Thailand
  • Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE
  • The Wellesley Knightsbridge, a Luxury Collection Hotel, London, UK
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, USVI

Which hotels will you book before rates go up?

HT: mochjas, via DDF

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35 Comments On "Marriott 2019 Annual Category Changes: Category 8 Pricing, 346 Hotels Getting More Expensive, 37 Hotels Getting Less Expensive"

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PRR

If i book a stay, can i MODIFY dates and lengths of stay after 3/5 without getting charged the new rate?

Yossi Fisch

Ouch

pau

thank you dan for this post

shmuel

can we know if the certificates will be bookable into top tier categories after the merger and what happened to the tracel packages

MendyR

+1

jojo

+100

Pad18

Wow, kol hakavod for this detailed information !

jb

” If you have a reservation at a hotel that is going down then just cancel and rebook the stay on 3/5 when this year’s category changes go into effect.” Before the merger I had booked the westin in cozumel for february 2019. The hotel actually went down in price…Do you think they will credit me the points without canceling and rebooking?

Sam

Well now I understand the new program name.
Bonvoy-age Marriott!

JD

The #marriotmassacre continues

Pghtown

Waiting over a week for transfer of Marriott points to United Mileage Plus to go through. Flights now not available with points. Good bye Marriott Bon Voy.

really

Dan, are you absolutely sure about this ‘You can request a points advance to lock in current rates as long as you have the points in your account 2 weeks before your stay.’
I’ve been screwed on this in the past.

Yechiel Z

Think I’m finna close my Starwood finally, just need to get my free night in…

Delta has a 75k promo for the business and personal cards.

dovid

“You can request a points advance to lock in current rates as long as you have the points in your account 2 weeks before your stay.” does this mean I can book hotels 350 days from march 5th 2019 at the old 60k rates even if I know I want get the points for awhile? as long as I have the right amount of points 2 weeks before the stay? are you sure?

Brad

For those with free Ritz nights how will we be affected

zr

If I book with my category 5 certificate a 7 night stay that’s going up to a category 6, then don’t get to use the stay and need to cancel do I get the points back? does the certificate turn into a category 5 or 6?

Steve

Dan, any recommendations on hotels that will soon be joining the category 8 that should be enjoyed this summer? Looking to use about 250,000 points for my parents to relax after a tough winter.

Marriott massacre

What a huge disappointment. It’s not just that 346 I getting more expensive, compared to 37 less expensive. So many of those that are getting more expensive are in Florida, NYC and California, and are being switched from category 5-6, making the free night for anyone but Luxury SPG holders highly deflated.
Make no mistake, this was a very calculated move on their end.

Yossi

Points Advance – Members can book stays when they do not have enough points if they earn or purchase the needed points at least 14 days prior to check-in. Members who wish to book a points advance redemption under the current Marriott Rewards and SPG award chart are encouraged to order redemption certificates before March 5 to lock in the rate. On March 5, redemption bookings are subject to the new unified program award chart.

yman

dan,
https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/terms/default.mi#pointsadvance

would i be able to lock in the renaissance in tel aviv with my free night anniversary by booking by march 5th if i don’t receive the anniversary night until may? i have enough points right now. obviously, i would book it for after our card anniversary.

yman

dan? how does this impact the anniversary nights?

mike

how will the 5-7 nights cert get affected by this? meaning if i currently have a cert attached to DOMES OF ELOUNDA which is cat 8, will i be able to wait until after 3/5 and book stay at St Regis Maldives using that cert? its a 5 night cert

YoniPDX

Locked in reservations @ Jaffa in Tel Aviv 50k vs $700+, Its still baffles me how some US properties are Cat 6 (50k) but are available as low as $179-199 cash.

With AF going up and peak pricing rolling out (doubtful that it will fall in consumers favor).

Will be interesting to see what sign-up bonuses are offered with Bonvoy rollout. Seems like when AF rolls around will have to reassess just how ugly the peak pricing is.

Aps

Just tried applying for spg consumer card for my wife and they told me I wouldnt receive the welcome offer. She never had this card yet and last marriot sign up bonus she received was over 2 years ago and I closed that card a year ago already. And the last amex card she opened was like 3 years ago. Anyone else have this?

Pointdexter

The Miami Beach EDITION
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
The S. Regis Aspen Resort
The S. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
W South Beach

These are all currently Category 7 not 8

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