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Marriott recently announced its hotel category changes for 2019 which will soon see over 285 of its properties charging more for an award night than they do right now. These hotel category changes will be effective for bookings made from 5 March 2019 onwards which means there are only 18 full days left to lock in the exiting rates at properties moving up a category....and I've selected 9 such properties which are worth a closer look.
In a logical, sane and a properly joined-up loyalty program a breakfast benefit should be cut and dry - your status should either entitle you to a complimentary breakfast or not - but with Marriott Bonvoy the benefit is a minefield. The differing Marriott brands handle the breakfast benefit in different ways and some brands don't offer the benefit at all.
Hyatt seems to offer a lot fewer promotions then the other major hotel chains and that's always seemed strange to me when you consider that you'd expect Hyatt, with its relatively small footprint, to have to work harder to earn traveler loyalty. Still, every now and again Hyatt throws us a bone and right now there's an interesting promotion on through 15 May.
While I understand the thinking behind the introduction of minimum spend criteria (customers may take more flights/book more hotel nights just to spend enough to reach the next elite status level) my own circumstances show that, for some people, the minimum spend requirements are causing airlines/hotels to miss out on bookings that would otherwise have been made.
Almost 6 months have now passed since Marriott rolled SPG into Marriott rewards in August 2018 and although some issues have finally been resolved (most people's lifetime status seems to be showing correctly in their accounts now) other issues still remain.
First we heard from IHG, then came Radisson, next up we heard about Marriott's 2019 hotel category changes and now Hyatt has let us know which of its properties will see the cost of an award night change in a few weeks time.
IHG is running a promotion in conjunction with a number of its New York properties in which it's discounting the price of an award night by 25%.
As part of its loyalty program Marriott offers a benefit called “points advance” which allows guests to book award nights at Marriott properties even if they don’t have enough points in their account at the time of booking.
At some point on Friday afternoon Marriott quietly published a list of its properties that will be seeing the cost of an award night change for bookings made from 5 March 2019 onwards. The fact that the news was put out on a Friday afternoon and that no emails were sent out to let members know about the upcoming changes speaks volumes but, nevertheless, I thought it would be interesting to look into the numbers behind the information we've been given.