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New Marriott Rewards category 7 hotels to book before August increase and 2019 category 8

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This is a series of posts on the new Marriott Rewards program launching August 2018 for 6,864 hotels worldwide. This article covers Marriott Rewards new Category 7 hotels at 60,000 points per night with a list of hotels increasing in reward cost Aug 2018. These are hotels you should consider booking at their lower rates in July 2018 for stays into June 2019.

210 New Marriott Rewards Category 7 Hotels at 60,000 points as of August 2018

210 of 6,864 hotels worldwide are placed in the new Marriott Rewards category 7 at 60,000 points per reward night and 240,000 points for 5th night free stays.

31 of 210 hotels in category 7 (14.8%) will cost more points in August 2018.

61 of 210 hotels placed in MR category 7 remain there temporarily for 2018 until a new category 8 is added in 2019 at 85,000 points per reward night. A new Category 8 at 85,000 points will be added to the Marriott Rewards chart in 2019, along with peak season rates.

The gift to Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalists with large account balances is a 5-month window from August to December 2018 to book the highest category 7 hotels at 60,000 points at hotels that are currently 70,000 to 90,000 points.

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection, Greece sets the high category record for biggest points increase to come. This hotel is currently MR category 9 at 45,000 points and will be category 7 at 60,000 points, then move to category 8 at 85,000 points in 2019.

Domes of Elounda is 180,000 points for a 5th night free reward booked in July for a stay through June 2019. This hotel rises to 240,000 points next month and then 340,000 points for a 5th Night Free reservation in 2019. 180,000 to 340,000 or even 400,000 points in peak season 2019 gives this hotel the trophy for biggest reward cost increase among Marriott’s 6,864 hotels worldwide.

Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas Beaver Creek wins the August 2018 increase trophy as it rises from SPG category 5 at 12,000 Starpoints/36,000 MR points to 60,000 points as Marriott Rewards category 7. This is a 24,000 points per night increase. 5th night free rises from 144,000 to 240,000 points.

4 Marriott Vacation Club hotels rise 20,000 points when they change from old MR category 8 at 40,000 points to new MR cat 7 at 60,000 points.

  • Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons – Kalanipu’u
  • Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas
  • Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
  • Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club

21 hotels in old MR category 9 at 45,000 points increase to 60,000 points as new MR category 7 hotels.

4 Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Tier 3 at 50,000 points increase to 60,000 points at new MR category 7.

113 hotels in new MR category 7 are already priced at 60,000 points as SPG category 6 hotels and Ritz-Carlton Tier 4 hotels.

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3 Starwood Hotels drop 30,000 points from current SPG category 7 (30,000 Starpoints/90,000 MR points) to new MR category 7 at 60,000 points. These hotels are big savings in August, especially since peak season rates in place now are removed for stays booked in 2018 before Marriott Rewards brings back Peak Season reward rates in 2019.

3 Ritz-Carlton Hotels drop from Tier 5 at 70,000 points to new MR category 7 at 60,000 points.

47 Starwood Hotels currently in SPG category 7 at 30,000 Starpoints/90,000 MR points will be available at 60,000 points per night for bookings made in 2018 before they change to new category 8 hotels at 85,000 points per night.

2 Starwood Hotels currently in SPG category 6 will not see a points increase in 2018 as they remain 60,000 points per night in 2018, however, these hotels rise to 85,000 points in 2019.

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11 Ritz-Carlton Hotels currently in Tier 5 at 70,000 points drop to category 7 in August for 60,000 points. These are hotels to book between August and December 2018 at 60K before they rise to category 8 in 2019 at 85,000 points per night.


  • Christian July 6, 2018

    I think these charts you are doing are great but I think it is worth mentioning that a large number of the hotels going up that are in “resort” or “vacation” type destinations will be virtually impossible to book into summer 2019 at the old rates since they will NOT load their rates for next year until after the increases are in place!!! The three properties above in Greece (Blue Palace, Domes Elounda and Domes Chania) are a prime example of this PROBLEM.

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