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Marriott is out with some changes in award category that will take affect March 24, 2016. If a hotel that you are interested in is going up in category, be sure to book now before the category change happens. Here’s our complete list of hotels that are changing categories or tiers in 2016. The category or tier determines how many points are required for free nights.

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How many hotels are affected?

82% of the properties remain unchanged.
62% of the properties will remain in Categories 1-4.
18% of the hotels are changing. Of those changing, 30% are decreasing by one category and 70% are increasing by one category.

What is a hotel category (Marriott®) or tier (The Ritz-Carlton®)?

Hotel categories determine the number of Marriott Rewards® points necessary to redeem for a free night. For instance, a Category 1 hotel requires 7,500 points per redemption night, while a Category 4 hotel requires 20,000 points per redemption night. Hotel categories should not be confused with any form of star rating, level of service or quality.

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Marriott Rewards® Hotel Categories: Award Chart

Hotel Category

Points Required Per Night

Category 1 7,500

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is

FREE!

Category 2 10,000
Category 3 15,000
Category 4 20,000
Category 5 25,000
Category 6 30,000
Category 7 35,000
Category 8 40,000
Category 9 45,000

 

The Ritz-Carlton® Hotel Tiers: Award Chart

Hotel Tier

Points Required Per Night

Tier 1 30,000

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is

FREE!

Tier 2 40,000
Tier 3 50,000
Tier 4 60,000
Tier 5 70,000

Bottom Line

Check out the full list of category changes and be sure to book which ever hotels that are going up in category before March 24, 2016 to save points on that reservation.

Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or suggestions expressed on this site are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer. For details on current offers visit the card issuer’s site.

About The Weekly Flyer

The Weekly Flyer writes about travel from a business traveler perspective. He travels the world every week accumulating points and miles along the way.

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