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.
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 Langley goes up from Category 6 to Category 7
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.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)
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 usually 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.
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)