Marriott’s Award Terms
Marriott switched to the new peak and off-peak award pricing a couple of months ago. The new award pricing will apply to all 7,000+ hotels. So now a night will set you back anywhere from 5,000 points for an off-peak Category 1 stay to 100,000 points for a peak Category 8 room. Here’s the award chart:
To make matters worse, the following line was added in the Marriott Bonvoy Terms & Conditions:
Select properties may have redemption rates in excess of the Category 8 Redemption Rates.
Base on that, some hotels could be priced even higher than the 100K point required for Category 8 peak pricing. For now the news is not as bad as first thought. TPG reports that the change in terms was made because of the addition of North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles into the Marriott International portfolio. Marriott is looking to make this property available for award stays in the near future.
Marriott also confirmed that “there are no current plans to raise prices at existing Category 8 properties”.
Charging over 100K points per night for a North Island stay makes sense. The property only has 11 ocean-view villas, hidden amidst 201 hectares of exquisite natural beauty, each measuring over 450sqm with private plunge pools and direct access to the beach.
But adding the new link in the terms of the Marriott Bonvoy program, also opens the door to other properties going up in price. Marriott says that there are no current plans to raise prices at existing Category 8 properties, but since the option is there, those plans might change in the future.
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