Ends Today? Will Marriott Travel Packages Prove To Be A Hedge Against The Upcoming Bonvoy Devaluation Or Will They Get Bonvoyed?

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Before the brutal Marriott-Starwood merger, both companies offered lucrative redemptions for booking a hotel award and transferring points to miles at the same time.

Unfortunately, Marriott took the low road and devalued travel packages that were purchased before the program merger.

They also significantly raised the price they charged for travel packages after the merger.

However after Marriott devalued their program with peak night awards, there was once again some value to be had from travel packages, though it was still not massively compelling.

And here we are again with another potentially lucrative opportunity.

Today is apparently the final day to buy a travel package from Marriott, though that hasn’t been confirmed by Marriott.

In March, Marriott will kill their award charts, so I’m not surprised to see category based travel packages being killed off as well.

For stays in 2022, 97% of Marriott hotels will still charge rates that correspond to their current rates, but 3% of Marriott hotels will see immediate and potentially massive point requirement increases.

For stays in 2023, all bets are off. Points required will be fully variable with no cap and will align with paid rates.

My guess is that points will be worth between 0.5-0.7 cents each when the program goes fully variable, killing most of the value in the program.

What does that mean for a category 8 hotel? For example, a room at the S. Regis Bal Harbour on February 1st goes for $1,410 plus a $45 resort fee and $160 in taxes. Or it can be booked for 85,000 points plus a $45 resort fee. That’s a value of 1.66 cents per point compared to the base rate or 1.85 cents per point compared to the rate after tax.

If Marriott points are valued at 0.6 cents compared to the base rate, you would be looking at needing 235,000 Marriott points for that night. If Marriott points are valued at 0.6 cents compared to the after tax rate, you would be looking at needing 261,667 Marriott points for that night or more than triple the current rate.

Theoretically, buying a Marriott travel package today could be an excellent hedge against that devaluation.

The chart below compares the value you can get from each package, depending on which category you use and if you redeem for nights during off-peak, standard, or peak dates. However the real value might be unlocked when Marriott starts charging variable pricing for hotel awards, though that’s not reflected in the chart below.

Travel Package Category:Cost for 7 nights and 110K miles:Value if redeemed at off-peak rates:Value if redeemed at standard rates:Value if redeemed at peak rates:
Category 1-4330K Marriott360K Marriott
(30K savings)
390K Marriott
(60K savings)
420K Marriott
(90K savings)
Category 5390K Marriott420K Marriott
(30K savings)
450K Marriott
(60K savings)
480K Marriott
(90K savings)
Category 6510K Marriott480K Marriott
(Negative 30K savings)
540K Marriott
(30K savings)
600K Marriott
(90K savings)
Category 7570K Marriott540K Marriott
(Negative 30K savings)
600K Marriott
(30K savings)
660K Marriott
(90K savings)
Category 8750K Marriott660K Marriott
(Negative 90K savings)
750K Marriott
(No savings)
840K Marriott
(90K savings)

Marriott also sells 5 night travel packages, though those are officially for Marriott timeshare owners. However some agents will sell you a 5 night travel package even if you don’t own a Marriott timeshare.

  • 110K miles and 5 nights at a category 1-4 costs 270K Marriott points (60K fewer points than 7 nights).
  • 110K miles and 5 nights at a category 5 costs 310K Marriott points (80K fewer points than 7 nights).
  • 110K miles and 5 nights at a category 6 costs 390K Marriott points (110K fewer points than 7 nights).
  • 110K miles and 5 nights at a category 7 costs 430K Marriott points (140K fewer points than 7 nights).
  • 110K miles and 5 nights at a category 8 costs 550K Marriott points (200K fewer points than 7 nights).

The hotel portion must be used within 1 year of purchase of the travel package, though Marriott has been extending the expiration date of packages and free nights since March 2020. Marriott also unofficially offers a 1 year extension on certificates if you ask for it.

But, how will Marriott allow redemptions for a specific category after they eliminate hotel categories? I’d hope they would refer to the category that the hotel belonged to before the elimination of categories.

But I wouldn’t put it past Marriott to be evil.

They could do that by making it impossible to find a rep that knows how to book a hotel with the hotel portion of the travel certificate.

Or worse yet, they can give you a credit of points towards what a 5 or 7 night stay would cost today and disallow using them for more expensive properties. I don’t think even Marriott would do that, but they sure have lost a lot of trust since the SPG merger.

Will Marriott do the right thing this time or find a way to take the low road? Will you try to buy a travel package today as a hedge against program devaluation?

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in the original email they sent out it said that “Hotels and resorts will still have a minimum and maximum number of points for redemption rates that will more closely align to how they’re categorized today.”
doesn’t that mean that there would be a max points that the hotel can charge?


seeing the road that Marriott has taken so far, I wouldn’t put it past them to completely screw everyone over. That’s why i will not be buying a package as I can very well see them messing over many customers


Will this end up being a good thing for lower level hotels? Seems like a lot of cat 3-5 go for under $150 a night


It’s only worth buying a travel package if you see yourself booking a 7 night stay somewhere, correct?


@Dan I got a travel package (7 nights Category 1-4 )about two years ago which they keep extending. It expires 6/30/22. Do you know if I can trade it in for points?


Do you recommend I take my boatload of Bonvoy points and transfer to miles ahead of the devaluation??

mark n

Do NOT buy a package if you’re unsure of days. All must be booked by Feb 28th and if you even CHANGE a booked package after March 2 the hotel points will be refunded (good luck having them decide how many hotel points) … this was posted on Marriott insiders on fb 2 hours ago

Eve cohen

Hi Dan,

Had an old package tier- cat 6- that was valued for a Ritz in Hertzliya. Then came Covid and my reservation was cancelled and then the packages were devalued so I could no longer use it for Ritz Hertzliya. I emailed the hotel at the time and said I dont want to cancel I want to rebook but they said I can’t because the certificate was devalued. Now there are no hotels in Israel with the lower value. Do you think an email to the CEO would help even after this long time? ( Wasn’t able to get into Israel for 2 years because of lockdown).

mark n

Marriott did confirm that today is the end.


I have a 7 night Category 6 package. If I do not book by February 28, will they refund 7 x 60k = 420,000 points?