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New Marriott Rewards Property Categories and Travel Package Requirements effective Aug '18

Discussion in 'Marriott Vacation Club' started by jmhpsu93, Jun 28, 2018.

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  1. NiteMaire

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    I have 4 unattached certs. If they give back points, I'll leave them unattached. I did it purely for the air miles (had 1 already, "purchased" 3 additional 2 weeks ago) and wanted to maximize them before the devaluation on Aug 1. I almost called and asked if I could get any points returned by canceling the hotel portion. Maybe I'll be TUG's guinea pig for unattached certs and report back what happens.
     
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    I would wait a while after the change on 8/1/18 before trying to get points back from the ACs. I would even consider extending them another year (which I am speculating can still be done based on past practice). This would put the 'big' program change pretty far back in the rear view mirror and increase the odds of getting points back IMHO. Good luck and do report back whenever you do attempt this.
     
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    My link may help you out. Go to column F and sort. You can see the biggest changes there.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18FzZIgto3Ms8CrV3caJOpuhbMFIiWtcYldO5Uon31ec/edit?usp=sharing
     
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    I have 2 questions:

    1. Where can you find the NEW PACKAGES on the Marriott web site? I contacted the Marriott Rewards & the lady I spoke to could not find the new packages and I could not either.

    As you said, the increase for the higher category hotels is astronomical! If I am reading the before/after charts correctly, the points need for a 7 night package at a Category 8 hotel goes up from 290,000 to 675,000 points! Could that be right?

    2. 5 Night Packages

    It seems that everyone thinks the 5 Night Packages are a better deal. Currently a 5 night package is 230,000 for a Category 8 hotel. I think the 7 Night Package is a better deal (as long as you want to stay 7 nights). What am I missing?

    P.S. A Marriott Rewards rep told me this about the 5 Night Package (650T) in an email, "However to answer your question they are getting rid of it. They have yet to tell us what they are replacing it with. But we are sure it will be a better package if not the same, with a different name."
     
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    1. I don't think they will 'publish' them on the Marriott website until they take effect. A link that someone was able to get their hands on and provide for TUG users is in the original post. We're lucky to get a 'peek' into what lies ahead (and have the opportunity to plan ahead how best to respond based on our individual needs).

    2. The advantage of 5 night packages is that you are 'paying' for 4 nights and getting the 5th night free. With a 7 night package, you are paying for 6 nights and getting 1 free. The average MRP cost per night of accommodation is lower using a 5 night package. Consider a Category 6 property currently costing 30k MRP per night:

    5 Night Accommodation Certificate - 120k MRP total with an average cost of 24k MRP per night stayed.
    7 Night Accommodation Certificate - 180k MRP total with an average cost of 25,700 MRP per night stayed.

    Over the course of a 7 night stay, that extra average of 1,700 MRP per night will add up to close to 12,000 MRP more than you would for a 5 night stay at the same property. Likely not a deal breaker for anyone, but a free night somewhere with those saved points in a Category 1 or just about a Category 2 property is still a free night. I guess the take away could be if you are going somewhere for 7 nights, you may want to consider stringing two 5 night packages together (since the lowest averages occur in 5 night increments).

    P.S. - If what you were told is true about Marriott getting rid of 5 night packages that will be the scariest thing I have heard today.
     
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    I just had a chat with an MVCI representative. She could not confirm that 5 night Travel Packages will be available after 8/1/18. All she could confirm was that any 5 night Travel Package purchased before 8/1/18 would still be honored.
     

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    However what does "still be honored" mean?

    It would be nice if an authoritative Marriott source would clearly state that (at a minimum) an unattached 5 day hotel certificate from a travel package that currently is good at a hotel that requires x number of rewards points per day today will be valid for 5 days at a hotel that requires the same x number of reward points per day after August 1st (even if the reward level has changed). For example, that today's level 7 hotel certificate (35,000 MRP's per night) will become a new level 5 hotel certificate (35,000 MRP's per night after the new hotel levels go into effect in August). This would eliminate the possibility that on August 1st Marriott would "cash out" and return only what it deems to be the point value of an unattached 5 day hotel award from a travel package - which is only a fraction of the point value of a 5 day hotel stay. For example, it has been stated by some that until now when a 5 day, level 7 hotel reward certificate from a travel package is cancelled at a Marriott account member's request, only 45,000 MRP's are returned rather than 140,000 MRP's, which would be the regular value of a 5 day, level 7 hotel reward certificate that was not a part of a travel package.

    I don't think that anyone has reported a definite response from a Marriott representative that clarifies the policy that Marriott will adopt as of August 1st with unattached hotel certificates from travel packages.
     
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    5 Night Accommodation Certificate - 120k MRP total with an average cost of 24k MRP per night stayed.
    7 Night Accommodation Certificate - 180k MRP total with an average cost of 30k MRP per night stayed.

    There is some bad math in the above which I copied from an earlier post above, 120k/5 does = 24k per night but 180k/7 does not = 30k per night. Closer to 25.7k per night which is still pretty good for a 30k per night hotel and gives you a full week of vacation.
     
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    Just for fun I tried to look for availability at Domes of Elounda. A room for 4 adults/teens is bookable for 7 nights only until 10/25/18. It is sold out from then on through June of 2019 (which is as far as the reservation window currently goes on Marriott.com).
     
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    Good catch. I only divided by the 6 nights paid for, as opposed to the full 7 night stay. I have corrected/amended my previous post. Thanks.
     
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    Domes of Elounda closes for the winter, like many tourist hotels in Crete, which usually close from the end of October until at least a few days before Easter. I read on FT that Domes of Elounda opens its reservations for 2019 only at the end of August 2018.
     
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    Thanks for that info. From the photos it looks like a great property. I had no idea they have up to 3BR residences. Mamma Mia!

    [​IMG]
     
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    It's a beautiful location.

    There is a long thread on Domes of Elounda in FT that is worth reading. It includes lots of travel reports from people who stayed there. Crete is a wonderful place to vacation.
     
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    These aren't nearlly the big increase that you are thinking. Many of those properties don't have studio/hotel units. The old pricing was based on a hotel size unit and to actually book a 2BR with points it would have cost an additional 10,000 points (5,000x2 upgrade certs) So a property that was 40,000 would have actually cost you 50,000. The new point levels are priced correctly based on the actual smallest unit available at the property. So for Kauai Lagoons, it is priced at 60,000 where the old price was really 50,000 (you were never able to book Kauai Lagoons for only 40,000.
     
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    For the MVCI properties, agreed. I was only looking at the change from an overall category perspective. The changes are more substantial for the non-MVCI properties.
     
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    Any new info on the mapping? It looks like all the categories from 6-9 are really dropping down two levels give or take. I cannot imagine buying a cat 7 package and being able to use it to reserve a new cat 7 category. I just don't see them doing that. That said, is there any harm is buying the highest category packages and then seeing how it plays out? Is there any downside to that, besides not being able to get as many packages before 8/1?

    I am sitting on 1,064,000 points. I am leaning towards doing four Cat 6 packages. If I go any higher in cat, then it drops to only 3 packages. Unless I buy SPG points on my DW and transfer them. Then I could do four Cat 7 packages.

    I have never redeemed for a travel package so I am looking for advice. I definitely want to do them before 8/1.
     
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    I could do 3 cat5's and 1 cat9, or 3 cat6's and 1 cat 8. If 5-night packages go away then I don't know if they will be able to change the categories anymore.
     
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    First, I assume you are maximizing the miles (for me, 132,000 United and 120,000 Alaska are most useful). Marriott’s past practices have been very flexible with the “nights” portion.
    Forgive me if I am stating things you already know, but I hope this is helpful to others too. You could upgrade or downgrade categories, and extend for a year from that date (or from simply requesting an extension). I think many of us are waiting for notification of changes in August. I have just bought two TPs, Cat 8 and 9. I will likely buy a few more (still have over 2mm points), but will wait until I know if they devalue the 5 night TPs similarly to the 7 nighters. Some are also hedging by actually reserving stays with the plans to use them or perhaps protect themselves from Marriott simply refunding a small number of points and canceling the “nights” portion of the TPs. Of course, the miles are already safely moved. This forum is great, as together we can maximize our knowledge and avoid disappointment. Cheers.
     
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    I am trying to maximize miles but I will also use at least two of the 5-nights, although not until Sep 2019, so I will need to extend. For me I think Delta is going to work better, even though it is probably harder to maximize the value since they do not have a standardized redemption chart. I am in Orlando and prefer non-stop flights if possible and Delta has more from here (from what I can tell so far), including some to Europe.

    We do not know for sure that we would be able to change the category on the certification after 8/1. If new 5-nights are eliminated altogether, a rep will not be able to cancel the old and issue a new one. I am sure they would be able to cancel and give points back, if pushed, which should be close enough if we can still book 4 nights and get the 5th for free.
     
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    My head is spinning. It looks like I should be getting a 5 day cert. How many airline miles do I get? I have no idea where or when I want to go. It also sounds like I should book a reservation for the hotel portion before 8/1....correct? Any simple suggestions would be appreciated. We only have 450,000 points & I would like to maximize them.
     
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    You get up to 120,000 miles, or 132,000 on united. I would buy SPG points and transfer them to Marriott to get you enough for two packages. You only need 20,000 more points.
     
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    Anyone consider buying a TP, booking a location you really think you want to go to before 8.1 and then trying to just change the dates of the reservation to keep the 5 night certificate undisturbed?

    For example,
    • Marriott Pulse San Diego is going from current Cat7 (35k MRPs) to new Cat6 (50k MRPs) after 8.1
    • I think I want to stay 5 nights there in 2019, but not sure when.
    • If I buy a 5 night Cat7 TP, I get 120k Delta miles for 270k MRPs
    • If I book a random 5 nights in 2019, I am good to go and "kinda" getting 120k Delta miles for only 70k MRPs
      • 50k/nt for 4 nights (5th night free) = 200k
    • Real question is, do I have a better chance of the 5 night OLD Cat7 cert "sticking" with the reservation if I just change from my randomly selected nights to 5 straight available nights at the same location than?
      • I am assuming if the cert doesn't get attached anywhere before 8.1, I'll get whatever "conversion" Marriott thinks is appropriate
      • I am also assuming if I tried to move the cert attached to the random dates at a property other than the Marriott Pulse San Diego, it will result in a cancellation of the cert and a reissue of it at the conversion value mentioned above
      • Just asking if changing dates only at the same location might not trigger that cancel and reissue at converted value exchange.
    • Of course, if they map OLD Cat7 certs to NEW Cat6 certs (which I don't think they'll do, I think OLD Cat7 certs will get mapped to NEW Cat5 certs), this is an academic inquiry b/c I can then book the Marriott Pulse San Diego whenever available with the cert.
     
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    Log in to your MVC account, follow this link and then call Owner Services.
    https://owners.marriottvacationclub.com/timeshare/mvco/marriottRewardsOwnerSpecials
    You could then get two TPs with the Category and Airlines you prefer. Generally, I suggest maximizing the miles and taking lower rated hotels. You can change later. Ymmv. Cheers.
     
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    As Marriott Gold members, we get room upgrades if/when they are available. If we are using hotel certificates from TPs, is that still a possiblity? Or will they keep us in the category of the certificate no matter what?
     
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    My experience indicates that Marriott can still upgrade you if a better room is available, even if reserved through a TP certificate.
     
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