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Which Marriott hotels are going up or down in points price in March?

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Marriott Bonvoy has published its annual list of points price changes.

You can see the list here. 201 properties, representing just over 2% of the portfolio, are changing price.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of moves are downwards. However, this still means that over 98% of Marriott Bonvoy hotels will not be cheaper for points in 2021.

Marriottt has a second way of changing prices, however – by moving hotels between peak, standard and off-peak pricing. This makes it harder to judge what is going on overall. If 98% of hotels are not going down in price but more off-peak dates are available, this is good news. A hotel could also drop a category but see fewer off-peak or standard dates available.

Marriott Bonvoy Category changes

What changes should you know about?

There are only four changes in the UK:

  • Delta Milton Keynes drops from Category 4 to Category 3
  • Moxy Edinburgh Airport drops from Category 4 to Category 3
  • Moxy York drops from Category 4 to Category 3

The last one is frustrating but not altogether surprising given how expensive this ‘country house’ hotel is for cash. It is also very pleasant as my review of The Langley shows – hopefully it is now less chaotic than it was at opening.

Here is the Bonvoy pricing chart by category. Click to enlarge:

There isn’t much to report elsewhere in Europe.

One that stood out was Schloss Lieser in Germany, which jumps from Category 3 to Category 5. A two-category jump implies that the hotel must currently be a bargain, and it is. It is around €200 per night in Summer, getting you around 1p per Marriott Bonvoy point. Our ‘target’ return is only 0.5p. The hotel website is here.

(EDIT: Marriott has now changed its website to show Schloss Lieser only jumping from Category 3 to Category 4. This may have been a genuine mistake as it was the only hotel out of 201 to be moving two categories.)

When do Marriott’s category changes take effect?

These changes come into effect from 3rd March.

This means that you still have a month to lock in bookings at the current price for any hotel which is becoming more expensive.

Marriott does not automatically refund you if the price of your hotel goes down. If you have an existing booking at a hotel which is getting cheaper, you will need to rebook from 3rd March.

The same rule applies to moves between peak, standard and off-peak pricing of course. If you have any Bonvoy redemption booked at peak or standard pricing you should be monitoring it on a regular basis to see if it has moved to standard or off-peak pricing.

The full list of hotels changing category can be found on this page of the Marriott website.


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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.

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Comments (31)

  • Harry T says:

    Schloss Lieser looks great but how is anyone meant to get there? Looks like it would require a flight to Frankfurt and a decent drive.

    • Baji Nahid says:

      Harry, when there’s a will there is always a way. Being a Marriott connoisseur your luck may just come in handy 😉

    • pauldb says:

      Quite a bit closer to LUX.

    • Patrick says:

      LUX then highway, should be less than a couple of hours’ drive

    • Genghis says:

      Frankfurt Hahn is closer

      • Stu N says:

        It’s right in the middle of the Mosel wine lands, looks like an interesting area to visit. Very easy drive from Luxembourg, Cologne or if you’re willing to go Ryanair then Hahn is just down the road.

        Western Germany is massively under-rated as a destination IMO.

        • RussellH says:

          It is an absolutely gorgeous area.
          In my tour operating days I sold a cycling trip along the Mosel which went past the front door of this hotel.
          There is fabulous walking country both to the north – the Eifel and to the south – the Hunsrück – I sold walking holidays in both areas.
          And now there is a great walking route along the tops of the Mosel valley too.
          And even if you do not want to drive there it is a very easy train journey from London. Nearest station would be Bernkastel-Kues, I would think, without checking.

      • Harry T says:

        Bit tricky if you live in the North to get to Frankfurt Hahn, it seems. Have to fly from the South, I think.

      • kitten says:

        Erghhhh….croak…does that mean *Ryanair*?

        • Erico1875 says:

          Nothing wrong with Ryanair.
          Hahn was one of the destinations you regularly got for £15/£20 EW.
          Add an imaginary child (free seat selection for children) so a couple can experience Club Europe ,Ryanair style

          • Mike says:

            Gosh the school fees would be much cheaper on an imaginary child too !!

        • Harry T says:

          Can’t find these flights though from EDI now – would be very interested in them though.

    • RussellH says:

      Why on earth would you want to fly?
      You are visiting one of the premium wine-growing areas in Europe, and you think of travelling by a method that prevents you bringing anything home with you.
      It is only a short drive from Calais, Dunkerque or Zeebrugge.

      • Stu N says:

        Brexit has rather scuppered this – 18 litres (24 bottles) per person permitted duty free now which is pretty limiting for a specific wine buying trip.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Short 5 hour drive lol

        • Harry T says:

          Yes, why bother travelling to your destination in a timely manner when you could enjoy retired life!

          • kitten says:

            And it’s always raining in Belgium that you have to pass through 🙂

      • Alan says:

        Plus 8h drive to get to Dover! No thanks.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    The table is an old one the rates for off peak are 10% lower for the whole of 2021

    • Rob says:

      Only if you book by next week.

      • MKB says:

        I have just booked for September 2021, and I was charged the peak rate of 20,000 points per night? Where does the 10% discount come from?

  • Jordan D says:

    Guess the disappointment is that The Langley has gone up categories for the second year in a row.

    • Anna says:

      It’s currently 36k pn on some week nights well into the summer if you want to go!

      • Anna says:

        Though it looks like the new points rates have already been applied – I thought the changes didn’t take place until March?

        • Anna says:

          Doh – I was doing a 2 night search. There is still 36k availability.

  • BJ says:

    Fairfield Inn hotels in Japan is a good result. I believe most are relatively new and I think the brand includes breakfast for all which is welcome given costs in Japan.

  • @mkcol says:

    Astounded the Delta in MK is as high as category 3, it’s a dump.
    It was when it was Hilton also. Crossroads Motel is the best description for it.

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