Feb102018

Marriott Rewards 2018 changes, 88 hotels cat 1 to cat 2; 241 cat 2-3

Marriott Rewards is raising the points category for 1,083 hotels on March 6, 2018 and dropping points category for 248 hotels. This post lists 88 hotels rising from category 1 (7,500 points) to category 2 (10,000 points) and 241 hotels rising from category 2 to category 3 (15,000 points).

Two previous articles cover hotels in categories 5-8 going up.

Analysis – Marriott Rewards category 1,083 hotels up, 248 down March 6, 2018 is an overview of the number of hotels rising in each category and going down in each category. I also included a comparison to the hotel reward category distribution for Marriott Rewards properties in 2010 compared to 2018.

This article has a list of 124 hotels in category 5 rising to category 6. These are the hotels to consider booking by March 5 for dates later in 2018, if you have a free category 5 reward night from the recent Marriott Rewards MegaBonus or Marriott credit card.

Marriott Rewards 181 category 6-8 hotels going up March 6, 2018 is simply a list of hotels by reward category for the high end hotels rising in points cost March 6, 2018.

Category 1 to Category 2 shift at 88 hotels

(66 USA, 22 International)

Marriott 2018 cat1-2 int22hotels

Courtyard Pilsen in Czech Republic is a hotel I enjoyed staying at in July 2017 on points. Pilsen is an hour bus ride from Prague and the location is great for a tourist walking around Old Town. Pilsner Urquell Brewery is a short 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Courtyard Pilsen CZ category 1 reward stay.

When the African hotel chain Protea first became integrated into Marriott Rewards nearly all these hotels were category 1 (57 hotels) and category 2 (28 hotels). There has now been a couple years of redistribution along the Marriott Rewards category scale, yet most of the Protea hotels are still in category 1 or 2.

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards 100 Protea Hotels in Africa are mostly category 1 and 2 hotels (Jan 5, 2016).

Marriott 2018 cat-1-2 USA66

I have not stayed at any of these USA category 1 hotels. My favorite category 1 Fairfield Inn Tehachapi, California went to category 2 in one of the recent annual shifts.

Loyalty Traveler – I gambled and won! Fairfield Inn Tehachapi, California is great Marriott Rewards Category 1 hotel award.

Marriott Rewards Category 2 to Category 3 shift at 241 hotels

37 international, 204 USA

Marriott 2018 cat2-3 int-37

Ritz Carlton Dubai shifts from RCR Tier 2 (40,000 points) to Tier 3 (50,000 points).

The shift from category 2 at 10,000 points reward nights to category 3 at 15,000 points is the biggest shift proportionally with these hotels requiring 50% more points for free nights as of March 6.

Moxy Milan MXP is a hotel I wanted to stay at when it was category 1 a couple years ago, but I never ended up transiting through Milan on my travels.

USA 204 hotels shifting category 2 to category 3 on March 6, 2018

Marriott 2018 cat-2-3 USA

262 hotels moving from Marriott Rewards category 3 to 4 is the largest number of hotels shifting on March 6, 2018. My next post will list Marriott Rewards category 3 to 4 hotels and 185 hotels moving from category 4 to 5. 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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