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Which Marriott Rewards hotels should you book before January when Category 8 launches?

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In early 2019, Marriott Rewards will add Category 8 to their current reward chart.  This is what you should do before it happens.

Selected hotels which have been temporarily placed in Category 7 will be moved up to Category 8.  As you can see from the chart here:

This is going to lead to a chunky 42% increase in the number of points needed to book these hotels as they rise from 60,000 points per night to 85,000 points per night for a ‘standard’ date.

For bookings on a peak date (peak date pricing does not currently exist and also starts in January) you will see a crazy 67% increase in points needed.  Rooms will rise from 60,000 points today to 100,000 points.

I thought it would be useful to publish the full list of hotels moving into Category 8 next year.

Click the text to enlarge – it is actually four separate images.  It was not designed to be readable directly from the article.  It is always difficult publishing tables on HfP because a lot of people read the site via mobile and they distort.

If you still can’t read it, go to this page of and sort the chart by category.  The Category 8 hotels will be on top.

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What does this list mean in practice?

If you had been planning on staying at any of the hotels on this list, you should book before Category 8 comes into effect.  We expect this to be during January 2019.

Your stay can be for any date up to 12 months ahead, so you are OK for the whole of 2019 if you leave your booking until late December 2018.

You will make a substantial saving.  It might be your only realistic chance to try, say, St Regis New York a bargain at 60,000 points (cash rates are $1,100 + tax per night) but toppy at 85,000 points and exceptionally high at 100,000 points, which is what it will be when ‘peak rate’ pricing is introduced.

The hotels in the charts above are a roll-call of some of the most famous hotels in the world.  This is an amazing opportunity to try them out in 2019 for a relatively sensible (60,000) number of Marriott Rewards points.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2023)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (57)

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  • Mark1980 says:

    It’s not on the list but anyone any experience of staying at The Westin Costa Navarino – looks like a good family property…

    • Scallder says:

      No experience personally but have looked into that one myself to use up a Travel package for. Reviews mostly look decent although looks like it’s worth finding out if they have any conferences on when you want to go as can sometime shut off bits of the resort for conference guests only

  • Nate1309 says:

    Just looking at the St Regis Bali, I can’t find any available points for 5 nights online, even with flexible dates. Can it be booked online and there are no dates, or do I have to ring to find dates?

    • FlyingChris says:

      You need to use the SPG app currently to book SPG Cat 7/8 all suite properties as the website directs to the old website with no availability. Also if you don’t have the points in your account it will also keep trying to direct you to the website. Can confirm it’s possible to book this on points.

  • Allan says:

    Do we know the off peak and on peak dates yet?

  • Go says:

    So if I book an original Marriott hotel now without the points is my rate locked in at the current rate? So if it 60,000 today for travel next August and I don’t have the points until say March will i get the rate I booked it at today?

    • Clive says:

      Currently that is correct

    • Rob says:

      No, it seems not (unless it is all some Marriott IT error post merger).

      • AJ says:

        Sorry Rob – are you saying that if I want to get the 60k rate on what will become a category 8 property then I need to book before 2019 and also apply the full points to ‘pay’ for it before 2019?

        • Rob says:

          That is the current position, yes.

          However … I mentioned this to the head of Rewards for Europe at the Frequent Traveller Awards last week and it was the first he’d heard about it. He even made a note of it. Perhaps it is a mistake?

        • Alan says:

          LOL I imagine he’s got a rather big note given the total chaos that has been the merger – Amex points still not posting, stays not posting, weeks before accounts could be merged, zero comms re TPs, etc. 😉

  • D H says:

    Is 50k the max points you can buy? I thought it was more under SPG?

  • Wongster says:

    I’m trying to book, using my cat1-5 7 day travel certificate bought before the merger, an ex-SPG property (new category 4) for May 2019 – Marriott Rewards phone line transfered me to SPG, and SPG’s saying my travel certificate is not valid for SPG properties…. What’s going on?

    Does anyone have this issue? It’s almost a week after Sept 18th, and I want to firm up my travel plans…..


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