Marriott Rewards (replaced by Marriott Bonvoy)

Marriott Rewards category 2 USA hotels priced 7,500 to 12,500 points lower since Aug 18

There are 1,279 category 2 hotels worldwide and 921 of those hotels are in the USA (72%) in the new Marriott Rewards system in place since August 18, 2018.

538 of 921 category 2 hotels at 12,500 points per night were more expensive in points cost last week. That means 58% of the new Marriott Rewards category 2 hotels decreased in points cost for free nights with the August 18 changes.

483 of the 538 hotels that now cost fewer points, the vast majority of the hotels that dropped in reward cost, were former Marriott Rewards category 3 hotels at 15,000 points placed in the new Marriott Rewards category 2 hotels for 12,500 points. These 483 hotels cost 16.67% fewer points in the new Marriott Rewards.

The focus of this post are the other 55 hotels of 538 USA hotels in Marriott Rewards category 2 that are now 7,500 to 12,500 points lower than last week.

New Marriott Rewards Hotel Category reward chart

Category 2 hotels will be 12,500 points for the remainder of 2018.

In 2019 there will be a reward rate range including some Off-Peak (10,000 points) and Peak season rates (15,000 points) at some hotels.

Alabama to New York

North Carolina to West Virginia




  • Joseph N. August 22, 2018

    Not a single one in N California. I went to my high school reunion just 3 years ago and paid 7500/night. Now there is no Marriott/Starwood within a 3 hour drive of my high school that is less than 17500 a night. A heckuva a lot of inflation in 3 years. Goodbye Marriott. I’m taking my 100 Marriott nights and going back to Hilton.

  • Doug August 22, 2018

    I opened a Hilton AMEX and looking there as well. As an SPG Platinum I would shop SPG, Hilton and Marriott and always found Marriott to be much higher in my areas, San Diego, Denver and Las Vegas. I should be Marriott Platinum for 2019 as well and am planning to burn off my points and stop earning there on the cards for sure.

  • Ric Garrido August 23, 2018

    I rarely use points for hotels in California. There is generally a better deal to be found booking a low rate rather than using points.

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  • MaryE August 25, 2018

    Is this a paid post by Marriott? All the shady stuff going on with this company and this is relevant? Oh Boy, Marriot had 40 something properties in the entire USA that are at a lower point rate. How about all the people they scammed with their travel package pump and dump including lying CSRs and hiding the new category map? Get on that story!

  • Ric Garrido August 25, 2018

    I have seen many blog stories about Marriott’s Travel Package issues. That has been covered by others more familiar with the matter.

    Low category hotels are my primary interest. I want to know where I can go with my 20,000 points. I have never had enough Marriott Rewards points to even consider a travel package.

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