In October 2021 it was announced that Marriott Bonvoy will eliminate award charts and introduce dynamic award pricing as of March 2022. Then in February 2022 we learned the exact date this policy would go live — Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
This is a reminder that this change is imminent, and you have just a couple of days remaining to lock in redemptions before prices change at some properties. Let’s recap all the details, in case you’re considering any last minute bookings.
Marriott Bonvoy dynamic award pricing launches March 29
Marriott Bonvoy’s new award pricing will be implemented as of Tuesday, March 29, 2022, though it’ll take about a day for pricing at all properties to be updated.
As a reminder:
- With this system, award redemption rates will more closely align with the cash cost of a stay, and occupancy will also be factored in
- For stays in 2022, roughly 97% of hotels will continue to be priced between the current minimum and maximum number of points required
- For stays in 2022 at approximately 200 hotels (3% of the portfolio), the maximum points redemption rates will be higher than they currently are
- For stays in 2023 and beyond, there will no longer be a minimum or maximum number of points required at a particular hotel
How much will Marriott Bonvoy award pricing be increasing?
It’s anyone’s guess what redemption rates will look like for 2023 and beyond (I’ve provided my speculation), but we do now have a sense of how much we can expect prices to increase in 2022. For the roughly 200 hotels that will no longer consistently be priced within current limits, how high should we expect rates to go?
- Some of those hotels will be increasing in cost by a maximum of up to 5,000 points per night
- Some of those hotels will be increasing in cost by a maximum of up to 30,000 points per night
- Of these hotels, roughly 40 hotels may charge more than 100,000 points per night (the current maximum for Category 8 properties)
Here’s the list of hotels that will be increasing by up to 30,000 points per night (sorted by region), which is the biggest increase we’re seeing:
- Asia The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
- Asia The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko
- Caribbean The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
- Caribbean The Westin St. John Resort Villas
- Europe Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Europe Five Seas Hotel Cannes, a Member of Design Hotels
- Europe Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel
- Europe Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel
- Europe Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel
- Europe The Bodrum EDITION
- Europe The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel, Autograph Collection
- Mexico Casa Maat at JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
- Mexico Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
- Middle East The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv
- Middle East The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah
- Middle East The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert
- United States Beaver Creek Lodge, Autograph Collection
- United States Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn
- United States Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, Autograph Collection
- United States Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection
- United States Hotel Park City, Autograph Collection
- United States JW Marriott Essex House New York
- United States JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
- United States Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
- United States Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
- United States Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
- United States The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection
- United States The Cloudveil, Autograph Collection
- United States The Lodge at Sonoma Resort, Autograph Collection
- United States The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
- United States The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
- United States The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
- United States The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
- United States The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
- United States The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
- United States The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection
- United States The West Hollywood EDITION
- United States The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas
- United States The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali
- United States The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
- United States The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley
- United States Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui
Top off Marriott Bonvoy free night awards as of April 2022
In October 2021, it was also announced that it will soon be possible for Marriott Bonvoy free night awards (FNAs) to be topped off with up to 15,000 Bonvoy points to stay at a more expensive property.
In other words, if you have a free night certificate valid at a property costing up to 50,000 points, you could redeem the certificate plus 15,000 points for a stay at a property costing up to 65,000 points. Previously you were limited to staying at properties within the points price range of the certificate, with no option to pay the points difference to stay at a more expensive property.
You can expect that it will be possible to top off free night awards as of late April 2022 (though there’s no exact date yet).
My take on these latest Marriott Bonvoy updates
The band-aid regarding these changes was mostly ripped off several months back, so there’s nothing too surprising here.
I’d say the fact that award redemption rates for the remainder of 2022 will increase by at most 30,000 points per night compared to the current maximum cost is probably good news. That’s of course still a major devaluation, but it could have been worse. Who knows what 2023 and beyond holds, though…
Marriott Bonvoy’s dynamic award pricing will launch for bookings as of Tuesday, March 29, 2022, so this is a great time to lock in any last minute redemptions.
With this, hotels will no longer be priced based on an award chart. However, for 97% of properties, you won’t pay more than the current maximum number of points for the remainder of 2022. For the other 3% of properties, you’ll pay up to an additional 30,000 points per night, and around 40 properties will have pricing that can be over 100K points per night.
Lastly, you can expect that you’ll be able to use points to supplement a free night certificate as of April 2022.
What do you make of the upcoming Marriott Bonvoy devaluation?