Here is the list of Marriott brand hotels moving up one category to Category 6, 7 and 8 on March 15, 2012 and organized geographically. The basic trend is easy to see with major international cities around the globe rising one category level for high-end Marriott brand hotels. In the USA the major cities and resort locations see rises.
Florida, Hawaii, Boston, Chicago and New Orleans are locations to see numerous properties rising in hotel reward category. London, Amsterdam and Paris have multiple hotels rising. Hotel rewards will increase the points needed for hotels in these cities.
The fact that 132 hotels rise to be in category 6-8 leaves the majority of upward changes in Marriott Rewards, nearly 400 hotels, rising one level from their current category 1-4 level. I will post those changes by geographic location in separate posts.
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Marriott Rewards Hotels with Category Drop on March 15, 2012 (table showing list geographically)