Use Factors Advance to Lock In Present Marriott Redemption Charges Earlier than Costs Go Up

Use Factors Advance to Lock In Present Marriott Redemption Charges Earlier than Costs Go Up

When Marriott introduced their award class adjustments that go into impact March 5, I famous that 346 motels would price extra factors and 37 would price fewer. That features 68 which are going as much as Marriott’s new ‘class eight’.

A class 7 resort shifting as much as class eight will go from costing 60,000 factors per night time to costing 85,000 factors per night time. That’s earlier than Marriott institutes high and low season pricing later this yr at a date to nonetheless be introduced.

I initially wrote that you could possibly use factors advance to lock in reservations now on the present charge even if you happen to don’t have the factors, and redeem later (after March 5 when costs go up).

And in reality since most motels have 72 hour cancellation insurance policies (be careful for these which are extra stringent) you could possibly even make a number of speculative bookings now on the possibility you may want them sooner or later.

A number of readers identified to me that Marriott implied of their announcement that this wasn’t the case,

Members who want to e book a factors advance redemption beneath the present Marriott Rewards and SPG award chart are inspired to order redemption certificates earlier than March 5 to lock within the charge. On March 5, redemption bookings are topic to the brand new unified program award chart.

Al Maha Desert Resort

In consequence I up to date my publish to not give anybody this concept whereas I investigated with Marriott. Did Marriott actually change how factors advance works?

  • It could appear affordable to put this type of restrict. In any case, they don’t need members reserving out each week of prime properties, not understanding which week they’ll use, and cancelling most of them.
  • However it might be a change to how this system labored in observe, one which had not been introduced. There’s been loads of chaos with the brand new program because it launched August 18 final yr. Had this modification gotten slipped in?

One Mile at a Time referred to as this a ‘sneaky change’.

Nonetheless Marriott assures me that, actually, nothing has modified.

There is no such thing as a change. We included language within the class adjustments e-mail encouraging members to order redemption certificates earlier than March 5 as a suggestion to assist members lock within the charge as a result of having a certificates hooked up makes it simpler to retrieve the unique reservation and the unique charge. Whereas we are able to retrieve a reservation with out a certificates hooked up, it’s a extra concerned and time-consuming course of requiring the assistance of a CEC agent.

St. Regis Maldives Overwater Villa, credit score: Marriott

I adopted up additional, for avoidance of any doubt, and was informed that while you make an award reservation utilizing Factors Advance “[t]he charge is locked in.” So that you simply must have the factors in your account 14 days previous to check-in.

This can be a very beneficiant method by Marriott. It’s one which little doubt some members abuse. Nevertheless it’s good to know that it’s nonetheless out there, so that you could extra successfully make plans to journey subsequent yr at present award charges for the 346 of Marriott’s 6900-plus properties whose factors costs are going up in three weeks.