AMAZING! Marriott’s New Award Chart Is A Dream Come True For Aspirational Hotels; Roundup Of The Hotel Category Changes

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Marriott has stunned the points world today with the release of their combined hotel categories. They have taken all-suite SPG hotels like the S. Regis and W hotels in Bora Bora and the Maldives that currently go for 120K-360K Marriott points per night and will drop the rate to just 60K points in August!

Getting a $3,500/night room at the S. Regis Maldives for 60K Marriott points (20K SPG points) sounds too good to be true, but that’s what the new award chart states. Plus, every 5th award night is free, so on a 5 night stay you’ll pay an average of just 48K Marriott points (16K SPG points) per night!

 

Short on Starpoints?

In August, Marriott will start to merge their Rewards program with Starwood. Everyone’s Starpoint balance will be multiplied by 3 to convert into Marriott points.

August 2018 through January 2019 will be a great time to book top hotels at bargain rates. You can even book travel for up to a year in advance and the lower rates will apply!

In February the programs will get a new name and another new award chart.

Here is the current SPG chart (with pricing in Marriott points to make things comparable), the current Marriott chart, the new chart coming in August, and the new chart coming next February.

 Previous Starwood ChartPrevious Previous Marriott ChartAugust 2018 Combined ChartFebruary 2019 Combined Chart
Category 16,000 (Weekends)
9,000 (Weekdays)
7,5007,5005,000 off-peak
7,500 standard
10,000 peak
Category 29,000 (Weekends)
12,000 (Weekdays)
10,00012,50010,000 off-peak
12,500 standard
15,000 peak
Category 321,00015,00017,50015,000 off-peak
17,500 standard
20,000 peak
Category 430,00020,00025,00020,000 off-peak
25,000 standard
30,000 peak
Category 536,000 off-peak
48,000 peak
25,00035,00030,000 off-peak
35,000 standard
40,000 peak
Category 660,000 off-peak
75,000 peak
30,00050,00040,000 off-peak
50,000 standard
60,000 peak
Category 790,000 off-peak
105,000 peak
35,00060,00050,000 off-peak
60,000 standard
70,000 peak
Category 8-40,000-70,000 off-peak
85,000 standard
100,000 peak
Category 9-45,000--
Ritz Tier 1-30,000--
Ritz Tier 2-40,000--
Ritz Tier 3-50,000--
Ritz Tier 4-60,000--
Ritz Tier 5-70,000--

 

If you want to book hotels that will be going up in price you should do that before August to lock in current rates.

If you want to book hotels that will be going down in price you can either book them at the current rate and call in August for an adjustment, or you can wait for August to book.

It’s worth noting that while more Marriott hotels are going up than SPG hotels, Marriott hotels will no longer have capacity controls on standard award rooms, which is a new benefit for Marriott.

All hotels below will also qualify for every 5th award night free!

Here is a sample list of hotel category changes. You can search for all hotels here.

Sample hotels getting less expensive:

  • Aloft Beachwood, OH, now 21K (SPG category 3), will be 12.5K (Combined category 2)
  • Sheraton Eatontown, NJ, now 21K (SPG category 3), will be 17.5K (Combined category 3)
  • Residence Inn Miami Beach Surfside, now 30K (Marriott category 6), will be 25K (Combined category 4)
  • Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach, now 35K (Marriott category 7), will be 25K (Combined category 4)
  • New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, now 40K (Marriott category 8), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Atlantis, Coral Towers, Bahamas, now 40K (Marriott category 8), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, now 40K (Ritz tier 2), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Residence Inn Beverly Hills, now 40K (Marriott category 8), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Turnberry Isle Miami, now 40K (Marriott category 8), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • JW Marriott Phuket, now 40K (Marriott category 8), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Renaissance Aruba, now 40K (Marriott category 8), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Sheraton Kauai, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 35K (Combined category 6)
  • Westin Harbour Castle Toronto, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 35K (Combined category 6)
  • Westin Sydney, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 35K (Combined category 6)
  • Le Méridien Tahiti, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 35K (Combined category 6)
  • Westin Lagunamar Cancun, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, now 60K (Ritz tier 4), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • St. Regis Langkawi, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • W Singapore – Sentosa, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Sheraton Maui, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Westin Maui, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Elma Arts Zichron Ya’akov, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Westin Tokyo, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • S. Regis Mexico City, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Ritz-Carlton South Beach, now 70K (Ritz tier 5), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • S. Regis New York, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • W South Beach, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Bal Harbour, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Gritti Palace Venice, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis San Francisco, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • W Bali, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Las Alcobas Napa Valley, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • G. Rough Rome, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Hôtel de Berri Paris, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Parklane Cyprus, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Wellesley Knightsbridge London, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Aspen, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Bali, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Princeville, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Deer Valley Park City, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Florence, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Vana Belle Koh Samui, now 120K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Naka Island Phuket, now 120K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Le Méridien Bora Bora, now 180K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Bora Bora, now 270K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • S. Regis Maldives, now 270K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • W Maldives, now 270K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • W Koh Samui, now 180K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Al Maha Dubai, now 180K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)
  • Mystique Santorini, Greece, now 180K+ (SPG all suites category), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)

Sample hotels staying the same rate:

  • Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel, now 35K (Marriott category 7), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro, now 35K (Marriott category 7), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, now 50K (Ritz tier 3), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, now 60K (Ritz tier 4), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Ritz-Carlton Aruba, now 60K (Ritz tier 4), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Ritz-Carlton Cancun, now 60K (Ritz tier 4), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui, now 60K (Ritz tier 4), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • SLS Los Angeles, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Westin Europa & Regina, Venice, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Park Tower Knightsbridge London, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • W Paris – Opéra, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 60K (Combined category 7)

Sample hotels getting more expensive:

  • Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, now 30K (SPG category 4), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Four Points by Sheraton Miami Beach, now 30K (SPG category 4), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Sheraton Kona, now 30K (SPG category 4), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • Le Méridien Chiang Mai, now 30K (SPG category 4), will be 35K (Combined category 5)
  • W Fort Lauderdale, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Sheraton Hong Kong, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Great Northern Hotel London, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Westin Grand Cayman, now 36K (SPG category 5), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Beverly Hills Marriott, now 40K (Marriott category 7), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Atlantis, Royal Towers, Bahamas, now 40K (Marriott category 7), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • New York Marriott Marquis, now 45K (Marriott category 9), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Boscolo Venezia/Grand Hotel Dei Dogi Venice, now 45K (Marriott category 9), will be 50K (Combined category 6)
  • Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas, now 40K (Marriott category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons, now 40K (Marriott category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, now 45K (Marriott category 9), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Cove, Atlantis, Bahamas now 45K (Marriott category 9), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • Ritz-Carlton Osaka, now 50K (Ritz tier 3), will be 60K (Combined category 7)
  • S. Regis Rome, now 60K (SPG category 6), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February  (Combined category 8)

Sample hotels getting less expensive in August before getting more expensive in February:

  • Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami, now 70K (Ritz tier 5), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February (Combined category 8)
  • Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, now 70K (Ritz tier 5), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February (Combined category 8)
  • Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, now 70K (Ritz tier 5), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February (Combined category 8)
  • Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, now 70K (Ritz tier 5), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February (Combined category 8)
  • Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park, now 70K (Ritz tier 5), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February (Combined category 8)
  • Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, now 70K (Ritz tier 5), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February (Combined category 8)

Which other hotel changes stand out to you? Which hotels will you be booking with the new award chart?


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Agoldsc1

Will these be bookable with the 7-night packages?

Avi

If we wanted to book a stay at the August to January rates, when should we start booking the hotel

Glushtygiz

So hows it gonna work with Marriott certs for ritz tier 1-3? I see the tiers are gonna be split up …

yanks10952

Sheraton Eatontown Hotel was 21,000 now 17,500

Berry

Dan, If a current SPG hotel doesn’t show up on the rewards chart does that mean that they will no longer be a Marriot/SPG hotel?

BrooklynCPA

Unfortunately, as there will be better rates for some high end hotel, Travel packaged are getting majorly devalued!!!!

Agoldsc1

Why is this a devaluation of 7-night packages?

It\'s happening

Any word on how 7 day vouchers will be handled?

Bunim1

So the Ritz Carlton in Bal Harbour, is going up to 85k points from 70k, a bummer, many other Ritz’s in the USA are going down to as low as 35k points!

Which is nice since some of those you can redeem with your annual free night.

Example, the Ritz in Westchester only 35k now…

Rit

Do you get annual free nights with the Ritz Carlton cc? Thought only the first year.. Please advise.

Shay

What about the miles+nights packages? Same amount of miles? And if I’m buying now, what will be the new category for the 7 nights certificate?

Morris

When did they open a Ritz in South beach?

Bunim1

Its been closed for repairs recently…

farmbochur

But 60k won’t get you an OWV at St Regis MLE, will it?

Geshmak25

This is a great time to book Marriott Newport Coast Villas in CA. Has availability for the whole yeshiva week. Currently Cat 8 (40K), increasing to new Cat 7 (60K). Best redemption is with the current travel package before the travel package devaluation on 8/1

JustWingIt

I cannot wrap my head and this. Iv would really appreciate it if you (or anyone here) could please explain why are you saying the hotel-air travel packages are being devalued after the 8/1 merger date. Thanks you in advance.

Geshmak25

I’m assuming that Dan will come out with a post on this topic. But there are two parts of the deval 1. For comparable packages it will cost more points on 8/1 to buy the package then it currently does 2. They no longer offer the 120K (/132K United) mile package which was generally the best redemption value.

Geshmak25

Current Cat 7 (35K) = New CAT 5 (35K). In current travel package you can buy 7 nights + 50K miles for 260K points, in the new package it will cost 315K. For the 100K mile, in the current package it costs 310K, in the new package it will cost 390K. Otherwise known as a deval.

JustWingIt

@Geeshmak25 – thanks for the details. I guess what was making it hard for me is I have not been following this topic too closely over the past 1/2 year and have not seen the proposed/new hotel-air travel package ‘prices’ (in MRP’s) yet.

Shaul

Isn’t it not warm enough in most of SoCal during January for this to really be worth it for Yeshiva week? Who wants to be on the beach with highs in the mid-60s?

Leib

@Dan

Any idea on how this affects the yearly Marriott Cat 1-5 Certs? Will I be able to use those certs for SPG hotels with the new points structure?

Joe

Would it be correct to surmise that it’s better to reserve the Marriot packages now before the merger based on this new award chart?

Eric From Dallas

Dan, is it worth transferring AMEX Reward points into SPG? Will that extend the life of my points? A quick internet search shows that SPG points expire after a year of inactivity, but my last stay is more than a year ago, and my points have not been clawed back. Is that unusual? What can I do to make sure the points survive until Auguest when they are shifted over to Marriott?

Thanks for all this great research!

Eli

Would my SPG points be worth more money to sell. After the merger?

needavaca

Is there value in these points for transfer to airline miles?

SRBOB

If I booked SR BOB for after august with the Non standard rate, as they only had superior villas available, will that rate also go down?

LAXTraveler

Any thoughts on SPG suite redemption – if we book a suite at pre-August rates and want to take advantage of new rates in August do those rates even exist or is Marriott going to no longer allow suite redemptions as SPG currently allows?

uk

I would like to know this too. And also, what happens if we book an SPG award now but cancel after August, do we get our SPG:Marriot conversion of 3x?

Leah

Dan so can we the s. Regis now for full fare and ask for adjuvant in August for 60k per night?

Mountain Man

Will free nights and one week stays continue to be category 5 on the new chart?

Shaul

Unfortunate to see that some popular mid-tier hotels are getting more expensive, such as the Four Points Miami Beach. That’s a mainstay for many people who go in peak season on a budget (points or otherwise).

Shaul

Residence Inn Surfside is going down at least.

joel

W Fort Lauderdale is also going up alot

Nic

Is it worth getting the Ritz chase card now if I’ve never had? That should get me two free nights anywhere or is that still up in the air

bigissy

Im confused because some of their numbers are messed up. Take for example Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh they say that its currently 36k points which would be 12k spg points, but if you go to book a 4 nights stay its 16k a night, a 5 night stay works out to be 12800. then its starts going up again. So where are they getting their numbers

Maifriend

With SPG you get the 5th night free. So 5 night will cost 16 x 4 = 64K which equals 12.8K per night on a 5 night stay.

elli

Is it still worth getting a spg card at this point?

a

i never understood how the word capacity control means limiting number of rooms what does that have to do with the word capacity?

yman

Dan, you mentioned about earning starpoints with a Chase credit card. How can you earn Starpoints from getting a Marriott Chase credit card that says you get 100,000 marriott points ? Am I missing something here?

chicago rocks

perhaps a post on best way to get to BOB or MLE?

Dan Fan

I saw the rate at which MR transfers into SPG/Marriott changing?

Dave

I have 2 of the 7 night vouchers cat 1-5, I would like to use 1 of them in august and i’m uncertain about the 2nd, what would be the best way to go about it? when should I book, and I would like to upgrade to current category 9 Marriott, (not sure how that will work after august).

el

I only have SPG points, do I have to transfer to book Marriott hotels? Also, when points get tripled, does that happen automatically or do I have to transfer to Marriott? Thanks

100/24

Dan

Do the capacity controls on the Marriott side go away in August or February?

Deal Guy

How can I tell which hotels are going up in August vs the ones that are first going down then up?
It’s written in that chart that has the 1000s of hotels? Or is it a separate chart?

mary maynard

Are any of these hotels all-inclusive?

Dave

Any updates on the 5 night travel packages?

Glushtygiz

Are there taxes and fees on top of Marriott redemptions?

Mark

What am I missing: I do not see where any of the mentioned hotels had a current rate of more than 120K points

PRR

I looked at the list of hotels you linked in the post. Where are you finding the “August 2018” rate you mention? For example, “St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort” in the linked list says 85k under “New Points Required” and your chart in this post says 60k in August. How do I find the official list of August-February points? I read through your examples, but I want to see the other available aspirational properties.

Menachem

Is there kosher food in Maldives or in bora bora?

Peter

Is there a chart for what the current Ritz tiers will be in the new combined categories? I’m trying to figure out what a tier 1 Ritz Shenzhen will be come August. Thanks 🙂

Mark

Dan Is there a way to make sure to get an over the water bungalow at the Maldives, are they a separate award category and which category are they?

Thanks

Jason

I am going on my honeymoon in August, and would love to stay at the Vana Belle or W Koh Samui at the Aug- Jan rate (assuming it kicks in before the 15th), but I do not have enough points to book at the current points rate. Is there any other way to lock in a reservation that is cancelable and can be converted to the new rate of 60k once it goes into effect? Would a cancelable cash booking be convertible to a 60k points booking?

Thanks for the help!

Nati

Hey Dan thanks a lot! You post here that the Sheraton Maui is now 60k and when I just checked it it shows me 7 nights in November for 8579 per night. How is it possible

Nati

And I if I got it right it’s now 10k that is 30k Marriott starpoints for a night and the westin is 12k starpoints that is 36k Marriott!
What did I got wrong?

Bryan S

Sheraton Maui is currently 20k SPG points, August 1 it is suppose to go up to 60k Marriott points.

Not sure how you are see nights at 8579/night but the 5th night is free on points and that is shown when searching. For example 7 nights at the Sheraton Maui should appear as 17,412 points per night [(20,000*7)/6]

The Westin and Sheraton Maui are both 20k spg points which currently converts to 60k Marriott points and both go “down” to 50k Marriott points in August

Baruch

Hi Dan. Thanks again for all your posts! I wanted to ask if it makes sense to do the transfer to marriot points + miles for a tier 1-3 now for the potential to get a 7 night stay at the St.Regis maldives. Or better to wait to book in august as a category 7 for 60k marriott points?

mary e maynard

Dan – just read through this post and hoping to book los suenos marriott in costa rica for January. It says they are “not taking point redemptions at this time.” is that normal for marriott? I have an SPG background. Thanks!

Drew

You may want to update this post significantly, most of the top properties are now excluded from standard redemptions.

Joseph Williams

To get the 5th night free do you have to book on SPG or can you book on Marriott?

Rusty

W and St Regis are being charged at suite rates, the lowest category room at both are 85k points. This has been confirmed by the call centre

dstern

Dan,
I called SPG to try to book Mystique in Santorini, Greece. They said that the only room that could be booked through points is the basic room (60k points). Any upgraded rooms, such as as suites with a private pool, are only available for booking with cash.
I then asked about other hotels in Greece, including a category 5 hotel, and they told me the same thing (only basic room available for points, prices as listed in your posts).

However, I remembered seeing on your post about the St Regis in Maldives that you booked an overwater villa with points.
So I called to ask what rooms are available for booking through points there and they said that the garden room (also the basic room) is the only room that can be booked with points. Any upgraded room, including overwater villas, are only available to book with cash.

Is there currently any way to book upgraded rooms with points?

Thank you

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