Update: Today is the final day to book hotels before their rates go up.
Originally posted on 2/9/17:
Book stays before 3/7 local hotel time to lock in current rates for future stays at hotels that are going up. 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 3/7 when this year’s category changes go into effect.
23% of Marriott hotels will changes categories. Of those 60% will become more expensive and 40% will become less expensive.
This list is subject to change and other hotels can still be added to it.
For example if you have a 7 night category 1-5 hotel certificate and want to go to Curaçao, you’ll want to reserve that before 3/7 when the Renaissance moves to a category 6.
View sample hotels changing in category and more on the Marriott/SPG program after the jump:
Marriott has 9 categories of hotels and 5 tiers of Ritz-Carlton hotels.
Sample hotels going more expensive:
-Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, was 5, now 6
-Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Big Island of HI, was 7, now 8
-JW Marriott Macau, was 7, now 8
-JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, Panama, was 7, now 8
-JW Marriott Hotel Cusco, Peru, was 7, now 8
-JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, was 8, now 9
-The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, was tier 3, now tier 4
-Edition London, England was tier 3, now tier 4
Sample hotels going less expensive:
-AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, was 5, now 4
-Renaissance Sao Paulo, Brazil, was 6, now 5
-AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, was 7, now 6
-Kameha Grand Zurich, Switzerland, was 7, now 6
-JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, was 7, now 6
-The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, was tier 3, now tier 2
-The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Indonesia, was tier 3, now tier 2
Of course you can use Marriott points or Starpoints for Marriott hotels.
-Transferring any Marriott points to Starwood will keep your Starpoints alive for another 18 months, so it’s worth doing it just for that. Marriott points expire after 24 months and you need to earn or redeem points to keep them alive, transfers don’t extend their expiration. However Starwood counts transfers as activity to keep your points alive. Officially Starwood has a 12 month expiration policy, but they don’t enforce it until 18 months have gone by. Starwood is also generous about reactivating expired miles if you plead your case. In short, you should keep all of your points by Starwood until you need to redeem Marriott points.
-You can buy Starpoints here if you need some extra points to top off your Starwood or Marriott account.
-Marriott has 9 categories of hotels that range from 7,500 to 45,000 points per night or 6,000 to 40,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.
-Marriott also has 5 tiers of Ritz Carlton hotels that range from 30,000 to 70,000 points per night or 20,000 to 60,000 points per night when they’re on PointSavers.
-Both chains also offer capacity controlled Cash+Points options that aren’t displayed in this chart.
-Starwood category 5-7 hotels have low and high season dates that are set annually by each hotel.
Chart 1: View how many Starpoints or Marriott Rewards are needed for Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and SPG hotels, along with a few sample hotels from each level (from before the current category changes).
The top number is the points required for a 1 night stay. The bottom number is the points required per night if you stay for 5 nights:
Chart 2: View how many Starpoints or Marriott Rewards are needed for a air+hotel package at Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels.
With these packages you will get miles and a 7 night hotel certificate.
The best value is the largest mileage option, though there are smaller mileage options as well.
-For example for 90K Starpoints or 270K Marriott Rewards points you will get a 7 night hotel stay at Marriott category 1-5 properties and 132K miles if you choose to transfer the miles to United.
-You’ll get 120K miles if you choose to transfer the miles to Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Southwest, or Virgin Atlantic. Transfers to Southwest made by 3/31 qualify for Companion Pass Status which allows you to bring a friend with you for free on all paid and award travel through the end of the year after you qualify.
-The miles will post regardless of when or if you use the 7 night certificate.
-The 7 night hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them. The certificate must be used at one property for 7 consecutive nights. You can have the certificate issued in anyone’s name.
-You can book the category 1-5 certificate and upgrade it later on for a more expensive category.
–There is also a 5 night hotel option, but officially that’s only available for Marriott timeshare owners. On rare occasions some reps will book the 5 night packages for non-timeshare owners.
|Hotel Category||Starpoints required for 7 nights and 132K United miles or 120K miles with other airlines||Marriott Rewards required for 7 nights and 132K United miles or 120K miles with other airlines|
|Marriott Category 1||90,000||270,000|
|Marriott Category 2||90,000||270,000|
|Marriott Category 3||90,000||270,000|
|Marriott Category 4||90,000||270,000|
|Marriott Category 5||90,000||270,000|
|Marriott Category 6||100,000||300,000|
|Marriott Category 7||110,000||330,000|
|Marriott Category 8||120,000||360,000|
|Marriott Category 9||130,000||390,000|
|Ritz Tier 1||140,000||420,000|
|Ritz Tier 2||140,000||420,000|
|Ritz Tier 3||140,000||420,000|
|Ritz Tier 4||180,000||540,000|
|Ritz Tier 5||180,000||540,000|
Chart 3: View how many Starpoints or Marriott Rewards are needed for a nights+flights package at Starwood hotels. This option only exists for SPG category 3 and 4 properties.
With these packages you will get 50K miles credited to your choice of dozens of airlines and a night hotel stay.
|Hotel Category||Starpoints for 5 nights and 50K miles||Marriott Rewards for 5 nights and 50K miles|
|SPG Category 3||60,000||180,000|
|SPG Category 4||70,000||210,000|
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-If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express or the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN you can call to have your Starwood account upgraded to Gold status which will then be matched to Marriott Gold as well!