Marriott Award Rates Change Soon – Book Now! (If It’s Getting More Expensive)

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Just a quick reminder that Marriott Bonvoy’s annual hotel category changes are going live on 3rd March – so if you’ve got your eye on one of the hotels going up in price, book now. You can find the full list of which hotels will cost more points and which will require fewer here.

Marriott Bonvoy Redemption Chart

Overall, the changes are quite modest, with just 201 hotels changing – 150 going down a category and 51 going up. When you consider that there are about 7,500 hotels that are part of Marriott Bonvoy, 201 moving to a different category isn’t very significant.

From a UK perspective, there are few things to be aware of though.

The bad news is that The Langley (which some readers will have enjoyed when flying to/from Heathrow) is moving up a category for the second year in a row. From 3rd March, it will be a Category 7 property, requiring 45,000-70,000 Points per night.

The other changes are more positive. The following hotels are all moving down from Category 4 to Category 3 (13,500-20,000 Points per night):

  • Delta Hotel Milton Keynes
  • Moxy Edinburgh Airport
  • Moxy York

Elsewhere in Europe, most of the changes are positive too (eg. Moxy Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, and the Sheraton Istanbul City Centre, both moving from Cat 4 to Cat 3).

Moxy York

Bottom line

There is nothing to get too worked up or excited about here, though from my personal point of view, the Moxy York getting cheaper is useful.

The bigger question is why are so few hotels changing category? – you would think that with most of the world still locked down, it would make sense to see more widespread category reductions…

Have you spotted anything interesting in the changes?

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