Book now – Marriott Bonvoy announces which hotels are going up in points price on 4th March

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Marriott Bonvoy has given advance notice of its 2020 redemption category changes.

As usual, more hotels are going up in price than are going down.  The changes take place on 4th March, so you should book ASAP to lock in pricing at the current rate.

If you have a booking at a hotel which is dropping in price you will NOT automatically be refunded the difference.  You would need to cancel and rebook, after checking that availability is still there.

How many Bonvoy hotels are going up in points price?

Here are the headline figures provided to us by Marriott:

71% of hotels will remain in the same category

22% of hotels will go up one category

7% of hotels will go down by one category

Here is a sample of hotels provided by Marriott which are getting cheaper for redemptions:

  • Hotel President Wilson, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland
  • The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, United Arab Emirates
  • W Aspen, Colorado, USA
  • The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Honolulu, HI
  • JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
  • The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The devil is always in the detail, however.

You can see the list of changes here.  You can filter this list by clicking on any of the column headings.

Moxy Aberdeen Airport

What are the Marriott Bonvoy changes for UK hotels?

Here are some UK highlights and lowlights.  The UK comes out relatively well to be honest.

Going down by one category:

Aberdeen Marriott (3 to 2)

AC Hotel Belfast (5 to 4)

Bristol Marriott (5 to 4)

Courtyard Edinburgh West (5 to 4)

Courtyard Glasgow Airport (3 to 2)

Heathrow / Windsor Marriott (4 to 3)

Moxy Aberdeen Airport (2 to 1, pictured above)

Moxy London Heathrow Airport (4 to 3)

Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Metro Centre (4 to 3)

Northampton Marriott (4 to 3)

Renaissance Manchester City Centre (5 to 4)

Sheraton Heathrow (4 to 3)

Sheraton Skyline Heathrow (4 to 3)

Aloft Liverpool

Going up by one category:

Aloft Liverpool (3 to 4, pictured above)

Bankside London (6 to 7)

Breadsall Priory (4 to 5)

Hanbury Manor (4 to 5)

Marriott County Hall London (7 to 8)

Marriott Park Lane London (7 to 8)

St Ermins London (6 to 7)

The Glasshouse Edinburgh (6 to 7)

The Langley, Iver (5 to 6)

Threadneedles London (6 to 7)

For reference, here is the redemption chart, click to enlarge:

Marriott Bonvoy 2020 category changes

In theory this is not a bad result from a UK perspective, with more hotels moving down than up.  Of course, it is mainly flagship London hotels which are increasing, but even then the vast majority in London are unchanged.

Some other jumps are noticeable.  Aloft Liverpool used to be 2,000 Starwood points at weekends, equivalent to 6,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.  On a peak date, it will now cost 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.  That is an impressive level of inflation in three years.

Marriott 2020 category changes

One other positive move is The Langley, pictured above.  Whilst it is going up, it remains – compared to the cash cost of rooms – a relative bargain as a Category 6.  This means that you could pay as little as 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night for what is a very pricey (at weekends) country house retreat.  The Langley website is here if you want to learn more.

(Our review of The Langley is here.  They have got their act together a bit since then, I am led to believe!  Irrespective of service, the hard product is exceptional.)

Remember that these changes do not take effect until 4th March so you have plenty of time to lock in bookings before then.

You can check out the category changes for yourself on this page of the Bonvoy website.

PS.  Don’t forget that there are big changes coming to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card on 26th February too.  If you missed our recent articles, you can read about the new Marriott Bonvoy American Express card here and here.

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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

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 Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

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

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  1. ankomonkey says:

    I’ve done 3 Marriott Travel Package redemptions in the last 3 years. All 3 hotels are moving up a category in these changes, so glad I got them all when they were better value. I’ve given up on Travel Packages since they devalued them.

    • Me too, although I might use for Lufty if they come back.

    • Matthew says:

      Remember they are more valuable again now peak pricing is in place. So if you use your travel package on a peak week you get much better value. From memory, cat 1-4 and 5 offer best value for travel packages. So for example, cat 5 is 390,000 points. 100000 miles is 240,000 points, so 150,000 gets you 7 nights peak cat 5. This would normally cost 240,000 (assuming one night free for elites) on peak dates so the travel package saves you 90000 points.

      • ankomonkey says:

        Agreed! But they require far more points than they did. The value of Bonvoy points in general is lower than it was, making alternative chains/options more attractive.

  2. My wife and I stayed at the Langley shortly before Christmas and found the attention and service to be largely exceptional (having expected it to be a little indifferent). By far and away the best redemption around London. But, Sssshhh! Don’t tell anyone!

  3. The pic of the Moxy is Moxy Heathrow, not Aberdeen.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      All the UK Moxy’s are pretty much the same design (localised lobby area and artwork). They’re pretty much all operated by the same company in Europe as well.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      also having been to Heathrow that’s not it the revolving door is central and under a canopy/roof with a massive moxy sign over it

  4. JWM Venice is going up a category 🙁 – was a good purchase at 50,000

  5. So lock in rates now with points, as the points advance rate won’t be honoured when the adjustments take place?

    • Yes – also screenshot your confirmation as the points price may change on your booking and this is the only way to prove the original number needed. I did this with my booking for the Langley on points advance which was originally 65,000 points but had gone up to 75,000 by the time I had the required points. I emailed the screenshot to customer services and they agreed to only charge me 65,000 points.

      • So points advance rates if holding insufficient points will still be honoured?

        • Matthew says:

          Points advance used to lock in the rate at the time you booked and not when you had enough points. Now all you are doing with points advance is guaranteeing a room as an award stay and you pay whatever the points rate is when you have enough to redeem.

  6. RussellH says:

    2000 Starwood points for the Aloft in Liverpool was an amazing bargain! Equiv £30 for a £100+ room when we stayed.
    If Liverpool were playing at home prices were often well over £220 per night, and if you booked far enough in advance (I would not have done so) you could still have got a room for 2000 points.
    Silly pricing, TBH!

  7. Is Langley recommended for a one night stay, or is two nights really needed? Was thinking of one night Oxford and one night Langley, but could do two nights Langley if there is sufficient reason.

    • Peter K says:

      Depends on how quickly you settle in. A couple of hours in the spa, a few drinks in the churchill bar and a nice meal in (or out) is most of it. If you can arrive early and relax straight away then an overnight fine I suppose. Personally I think 2 nights would get you a lot more of the feel of the place.

      • At the other end, is 4/5 nights here too long?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          2 to 3 nights is perfect. You’d still enjoy 4/5 but only if you plan on visiting the surrounding areas and using it as a base.

      • We did 1 night but I get 4pm check-out with status so it worked OK for a weekend (arrived about 2pm, left at 4pm).

    • We stayed Friday-Sunday, were offered a late check-out, and were told we were welcome to stay in the spa for as long as we wanted on the Sunday…

      2 nights was a nice length of time there, 1 would fine though (and if going for a solo trip might do this). I think I would find 4/5 nights too long – unless you are just looking for a place to base yourselves

      • Peter K says:

        I stayed 5 nights and, as you say, it’s fine as a base, but I felt I had seen everything the hotel had to offer before then.
        Apart from the spa, the lounge/bar and walking in the park there’s more much else.
        As a place to chill and go out on the occasional excursion it was great.

    • Well, we’re coming with a toddler, and can’t eat the food anyway, so it’s more just enjoying the grounds.

      • Peter K says:

        Depends on what you want to spend on food but there is a hungry horse just up the road. A chef and brewer nearby and the Three Oaks was lovely. Lots of options at nearby Uxbridge as well.

  8. “That is an impressive level of inflation in three years.”

    This is my main take away from the latest round of changes. Someone commented on a USA blog that the hotel they used had increased 4 times in the last 2 years, now it’s a hotel they used to use. Whilst this may be balanced across the UK it’s not across the rest of the world with major towns and cities appearing to be the worst hit. This plus the recently introduced peak pricing and their increased ability to black-out dates makes the whole scheme less attractive. Plus you can now earn less with their credit card! Occupancy rates are high and they are flexing their muscle, earn and burn was never more applicable than it is today.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Aloft Liverpool was always a bargain.

      £30 a night (points equivalent value) for a hotel which was pretty much always £100+. 30k might be too much but then reward nights will drop off and it may go down to reflect that.

      with Cat 8 peak pricing some hotels cost far too much and was expecting those to fall a cat but doesn’t seem to have happened this time round.

  9. Mikeact says:

    Be aware….. my son has just told me…. New Blackout dates are effective from today, not March as per other changes.

  10. O/T, if I apply for the Bonvoy Amex in the next month or so, will the 15 elite nights post for this calendar year or next?

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