Marriott rewards program has announced changes to its hotel categories effective March 20, 2015. You have until March 19th 2015 to book hotels in the current categories.
Here are the details.
1436 hotels are effected in this round of changes (Approximately a 3rd of Marriott hotels)
359 hotels are going down in category
1077 Hotels are going up in category
This means 25% of the hotels are down in category and 75% of the hotels are going up in category. This is significant devaluation
This also makes Marriott Rewards credit card issued by chase less valuable because you have less options to redeem the Cat 1-5 annual free night offered with this card.
Are you planning for trip in India?
If you notice the hotels going in category, there are many hotels in India and Asia that are going down in Category, which means you need less points for an award night.
If you are in US for a short term or planning to make a trip to India, you should consider getting the Chase Marriott rewards credit card. The 70,000 signup bonus can fetch you 10 free nights at a category 1 hotel.
The following hotels will be Category 1 hotels effective March 20, 2015, you only need 7,500 points for an award stay at this hotel. There are many Cat 1 & 2 hotels across Indian cities and most of them are fairly new, meaning the stay should be pleasant with all modern amenities.
|Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan|
|Courtyard Pune Hinjewadi|
Marriott rewards is changing hotel categories for approximately one third of its hotel chain and 75% of them are going up. This means that the free annual night offered by Marriott Rewards credit card is less valuable.
In other way, if you are planning a trip in India or Asia, this may be a good change as some of the hotels are going down in category.
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