I am planning my first trip on my SW using my point and companion pass that will be coming shortly. I have 15 Silver Elite points (one night in Cat 4 Marriott Hotel) and some Hilton Honors points. I have never redeemed for Hotel Loyalty so am unsure of how this works. It shows the Cosmopolitan on the Marriott website as a Cat 7. If I call Marriott am I going to be able to use some of my points to reduce the cost of the hotel vs get the one night free. I guess my question is Am I permitted to apply points to reduce hotel costs of higher category hotels? Are there any tips or tricks you can suggest I have not found yet on the websites I frequent? Also, if I book SW now and pay for it may I then cancel and rebook it with my points and Companion Pass once it arrives? Blue.