BREAKING: New Marriott and SPG reward chart now LIVE (Travel Package pricing added)

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I am dropping this in as a ‘rough and ready’ article as I am out in Paris this afternoon.  I will take a proper look later.

You can see the new combined Marriott and Starwood reward chart by clicking here This pricing will be active from some point in August.  Current pricing continues until then.

It looks as it there will be some excellent deals between August and December, when pricing will be capped at 60,000 points per night until Category 8 launches in January.

The current all-suite resorts, like W Maldives, will be bookable for the first time at standard rates – so just 60,000 Marriott points per night!  Closer to home, Pine Cliffs in Portugal – probably the best European beach hotel in quality terms – will be just 60,000 points per night.  What we don’t know, of course, is how much availability there will be.

Marriott has also now released the new Travel Package pricing which you can see here.

New Marriott Travel Package pricing

These packages are going to be less of a bargain going forward, frankly, although it depends which airline you wanted to use.  Those which gave fewer miles before, like Lufthansa, are now more attractive.

When doing the maths, remember that you get ‘5 nights for the price of 4’ when doing a straight redemption so you should multiple the nightly rate by 6 and not 7 to get to the 7 night price.  It isn’t clear how peak and off-peak pricing will impact here

The rest of this article is a cut and paste from what Marriott sent me:

New Marriott and Starwood reward chart released

Points Go Further Starting in August with the New Award Chart:

Nearly 70 percent of all participating hotels can be redeemed for the same or fewer points (52 percent of hotels will move to a lower redemption rate and only 31 percent will go higher.)

6,300 hotels can be redeemed for just 35,000 points or lower

Members can save up to 25,000 points per night by redeeming future Category 8 hotels that are priced at Category 7 rates until early 2019

For the first time, SPG’s all-suite hotels such the W Maldives, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, or the Phoenician Residences, a Luxury Collection Residence Club in Scottsdale, are now included in the published award chart. These sought-after properties can be redeemed for 5,000 fewer points.

Also, please note a number of our most popular redemption hotels are becoming more affordable:

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 will redeem for 10,000 fewer points in the new program.

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 will redeem for 5,000 fewer points in the new program.

Full details can be found here.

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Comments

  1. Stu_N says:

    RC HK gone from 70k to 85k. Best get that locked in for next year before August.

  2. Nearly every hotel I’m interested in has seen the points required increase! Currently sat on over 1.8 million Marriott Points. Looks like my best option is to take out a stack of travel packages at the current prices

  3. Is there a way to combine MR across a household or restrictions on transferring multiple MR to one SPG /Marriott account? Saving towards a travel package which I could buy next month if I can combine.
    Thanks

    • You can only move MR points to an SPG account in your name, but you can transfer SPG points online between 2 people at the same address as long as the accounts are 30 days old. Takes 5 days.

      • Genghis says:

        My transfer this week took a day. Initiated Wed, noticed on AW yesterday. A lot quicker than a month or so ago

    • Stu_N says:

      It’s faffy as you can’t move MR points between individuals directly.

      Say you have a couple at same address, A and B
      1) transfer MRs to SPG for A and B as required. Multiples of 400 MRs = 200 Starpoints. Takes about 3-4 days to do this. (If you’re setting up a new SPG link you need to add 4 zeros in front of the SPG number or it won’t accept it)
      2) transfer SPG points from A to B – you need to do this in multiples of 1,000. You can do this online – takes about 3 days IIRC. Addresses need to match exactly to do this
      3) move combined points from B’s SPG account to B’s Marriott account – multiples of 1,000 SPG = 3,000 Marriott. Note that you can move the other way as well, 1000 Marriott points = 333 SPG, useful for moving <1000 SPG points. Say you have a loose 400 SPG points, you can push 2,000 Marriott points to SPG = 666 SPG. This gives you 1,066 SPG points and you can move 1,000 back to Marriott. These transfers show up near-instananeously – you sometimes need to log out and back in again to see them.

      SPG don't seem to have any limit on what you can move and don't charge for this (for Starwood gold members anyway, which you get via Amex Platinum). You can also move Marriott points between people (max 50k) via call centre but never tried that route and I think there is a processing fee for doing that.

      • Mark2 says:

        What Stu_N says is correct.
        Transfers between Marriott accounts very easy – ring 020 7012 7312; you usually speak to someone in Ireland. You can only receive 50,000 points per year unless you need the points to pay for a booking. You may need to press hard on this.

    • Cheers for the info folks. Faffy but doable.

      • Stu N says:

        I’ve just started this process myself so I can report back on timings.

        It’s worth working back from the Marriott rewards you want to end up with, factoring in the transfer units, so you move the right number of MRs for the redemptions you’re after.

  4. Czechoslovakia says:

    Anybody here know if the current travel packages let you book Marriott vacation club? Searched everywhere to no avail… When booking purely with points I have to buy an upgrade voucher also. Tia

  5. Ammar says:

    Slightly confused, Just to clarify – If I book the W Maldives for next June 2019- I can book at the 60k Marriott Rewards Points/night between August – December this year, but as soon as the new category is launched in the new year that redemption will jump in price? And 5 nights costs 4 so that means 240000 points if booekd in AUg 2018 for June 2019?
    This sounds too good to be true – is the catch the availability or will they not just block bookings until the higher redemption rate kicks in the new year?
    IMO the TP are still good value especially if you secure a cert for a high catergory?

    • the real harry1 says:

      it’s correct – the ‘catch’ is that for 60K you don’t get the ‘best’ suites but the ‘standard’ suites (in an all-suite resort that’s not too bad & you might get something better, after all)

    • Correct

  6. Mohammad Salehzehi says:

    I’ve been waiting for this to redeem for the st Regis Maldives for 5 nights, does anyone know if 60,000 is for the garden villa only or would it be the same for the overWater villa too?

  7. rachael says:

    Oh my word. Those packages are really bad now on the surface. Looking at Marriott Marbella Beach resort under the old package it was cat 7 so 310,000 points and 100K miles. Now although it will be cat 6 under the merger it will cost 510,000 for the same deal. WOW

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