Maximize your points as our programs become one this August.

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  1. Marriott Concierge
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    As you may already know, SPG®, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® will become one program this August. You’ll be able to redeem for free nights and unforgettable experiences at over 6,500 participating hotels across 29 brands.

    Our Free Night Award Chart will be updated and give you more power to redeem your points. Even better: More hotels are moving down in redemption rates than up – so chances are that you’ll be able to redeem fewer points for free nights at the hotels you love.

    Here are our top eight tips to help you maximize your points:
    • Plan ahead. Explore the full list of hotel category changes and decide if you want to plan your trip before or after the updates take effect. Here are just a few examples of hotels that are moving to a lower category in August:
    - REDEEM FREE NIGHTS FOR 10,000 FEWER POINTS
    Hotel Talisa in Vail, Le Méridien Barcelona, W Punta de Mita, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali, The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, and Le Méridien San Francisco

    - REDEEM FREE NIGHTS FOR 5,000 FEWER POINTS
    The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel, The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East, Autograph Collection’s Hotel Punta Islita, and Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Napa Valley

    See the complete new award chart here.

    • Take advantage of future Category 8 hotels. Future Category 8 hotels will be available at Category 7 rates from August until 2019. Redeem now to save up to 20% and guarantee your rate even if the stay occurs after new rates take effect. Explore future category 8 hotels.
    • Use Cash + Points. Stay for as little as $55 and 3,500 points at more hotels than ever. Your next vacation may be closer than you think. See the Cash + Points Chart.
    • Stay five nights, pay for four. Get a complimentary night when you redeem four consecutive nights.
    • Save more with PointSavers. Enjoy up to 20% off when you redeem points at top destinations. All 29 brands participate, all you have to do is enter the city, state or country along with your dates to find participating hotels. See the PointSavers Chart.
    • Upgrade your stay. Use points to upgrade your room (think suite or a room with a picture-perfect view) during your stay.
    • Enjoy Travel Packages. Travel Packages now include all SPG hotels. Until now, SPG Nights & Flights applied only to SPG Category 3 and 4 hotels. Starting in August, Marriott Rewards and SPG members can redeem points for airline miles and hotel stays at any of the 6,500 participating hotels. This offer continues to be one of the richest offers among travel loyalty programs.
    • Get instant gratification. Instantly redeem points for cocktails, meals, spa treatments or anything else you can charge to your room at participating hotels. Each US$1 is valued at 250 points, so if you would like a spa treatment worth US$50, you would redeem 12,500 points.

    Explore all the changes happening in August and read FAQs now by visiting members.marriott.com.

    Best regards,

    Marriott Concierge
     
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    I am very relieved and happy that this offer will continue, and indeed will apply to Starwood properties as well as to legacy Marriott ones. I do have two questions, though:

    1. At least initially, will the number of points required remain the same, or does Marriott plan to increase the cost?

    2. Will you please consider bringing back the "sampler" offer, where the seven nights can be redeemed at more than one property? For instance, the European Sampler consisted of three vouchers, for 2, 2, and 3 nights respectively, and you could redeem them all at one property or divide them among up to three properties. I think the Hawaii Sampler was something similar. I would really love to see those come back.

    Thanks!
     
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    Well, even though Marriott Concierge didn't bother to respond to the question, another press release issued recently shows a huge increase in cost of the package. Rates will jump on 1 August to:

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    The cost per airline mile increases by 50%, from the current one point per mile (+50,000 miles for +50,000 points) to 1.5 points per mile (+50,000 miles for +75,000 points). The reduced price for airline miles (essentially a penny a mile) was what made this such an attractive program; at 1.5 cents per mile it will still be attractive, but not as overwhelmingly so as it is now.

    You may want to consider redeeming before the price change takes effect, even if you don't have a particular hotel in mind.
     

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