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On March 7, 2017, Marriott and Starwood will do an annual adjustment of categories for their properties. The biggest thing for Starwood and Marriott fans like myself to do is to review this list. Basically, if a property that you had planned on booking is going up in category (and therefore will cost you more points) book it now before the change happens. Conversely, if a hotel you want is going down in category, it is a score for you and you can wait to grab the reservation when it costs less points on March 7, 2017. Here are the lists and some stats on the changes.
Marriott Starwood Category Changes
Marriott: view full list of category changes here.
On March 7, 2017, 23% of our hotels and resorts will change category. This year, of those that are changing, 60% will move up and 40% will move down.
You can review the preliminary list now and plan how to maximize your Marriott Rewards® points. Then decide if you’d like to redeem your points prior to or after the changes take place on March 7, 2017.
Starwood: view full list of category changes here. (TIP: Use the search feature on the upper right corner.)
Our annual category changes will take effect on March 7, 2017. Take a moment to review these changes now to maximize your Starpoints®. If your favorite hotel or resort is moving up to a higher category, you can still book now at the current redemption rate before the 2017 category changes go into effect. Please note that the hotels and resorts listed below are only the hotels and resorts with category changes and are subject to change.
Take some time to look at these lists to see how they may affect your travel plans this year. Hopefully, any hotels that you were planning on booking will be going down in category or if they are going up, you can go ahead and get that reservation booked before the change on March 7, 2017 to save some points.
If you’re looking for a way to earn even more Starpoints, you may want to consider the Starwood credit cards, Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express.