Changes for Marriott Rewards
We've already mentioned changes at Starwood and Hilton, we don't want to forget about Marriott as well. Starting May 16, 2013 Marriott Rewards is implementing also implementing changes to its reward categories. Marriott is also adding another reward category, going from the current eight to nine categories.
If you have Marriott points to burn, now may be the time to cash them in. Current point redemption values are in place until the new changes go into effect in May. The new top tier category will cost members 45,000 points per night. For 2013, only a small group of hotels will be included, but it's sure to grow. Many hotels are jumping up in categories and only a handful are going down.
Changing reward categories and requiring more points for free nights seems to be the trend this year.
Marriott has posted all of the changes on the Marriott Rewards page of their website.