Marriott Rewards announced major hotel category reassignments and a new category 9 level effective May 16, 2013. The changes are severe.
The addition of a category 9 hotel award category is not that big a deal for 2013. There are only 13 hotels moving up from category 8. The bigger devaluation is the loss of category 4 hotels and a general shift to higher hotel award categories.
370 of the 725 Marriott Rewards category 4 hotels currently listed are being reassigned and moving up to category 5. This is a loss of 50% of the hotels in category 4 currently available for Marriott’s MegaBonus promotion free night certificate redemption limited to category 1 to 4 hotels.
Here are my estimates of the number of hotels in each category with the May 16, 2013 changes:
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