One of the hidden gems in Marriott’s brand portfolio is Protea Hotels. The brand offers a number of hotels in Africa. These are rarely spectacular luxury hotels, but regularly offer great value when using your Marriott points.
But starting on March 1, 2023, these hotels will become less attractive to Marriott Bonvoy members.
Instead of Marriott’s standard 10 points per US dollar spent, Marriott Bonvoy members will only earn 5 points per US dollar spent.
Even worse, one night spent at a Protea hotel will no longer be worth one elite night credit. 2 nights will be equal to 1 elite night credit. Since you cannot earn half-night credits, this means that you will receive no credit for 1 night stays. Similarly, a three-night stay will only count as 1 elite night.
Fortunately, Bonvoy members will still receive their elite benefits (such as breakfast) at Protea Hotels. But one does wonder whether other Marriott brands are going to join Protea in being downgraded…