On Monday I wrote about four changes coming to Marriott Rewards. The public announcement of these changes is coming next week. But they’ve gone ahead and confirmed them on the Marriott Insiders website.
- Points Advance
Available now! Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members are able to book redemption stays beforehaving sufficient points to cover the cost of that stay.
Beginning Oct. 12, 2015 Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members will have the ability to share points with friends and family. Members can transfer up to 50,000 points from their account each year!
Redemption Stay Credit
Starting Nov. 1, 2015 Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members will earn Elite night credit on redemption nights paid for with points.
NEW Cash + Points
Coming in early 2016, the NEW Cash + Points will give Rewards members the flexibility to use a mix of cash and points to cover single or multi-night redemption stays.
Battle House Renaissance, Mobile, Alabama
As I wrote on Monday ‘points advance’ already exists but wasn’t previously publicized. It isn’t actually a new benefit.
Their announcement over at Marriott Insiders doesn’t include this detail, but points sharing will cost $10 for base members and silvers, and will be free for Gold and Platinum members.
We don’t yet know the rates for cash and points to be able to evaluate the extent to which this is a strong addition to the program. It’s a generally good benefit with Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and IHG… in the former 3 cases offering discounted redemptions out of a more limited inventory pool, and in the latter case offering discounted points purchase along with redemption making the option available all the time.
With the introduction of reward nights counting towards status – something IHG, Hilton, and Starwood already offer – this leaves Hyatt alone among major programs where reward nights don’t count (although Hyatt’s cash and points redemptions do, just not their traditional all points hotel redemptions).
Perhaps we’ll get even more details on Monday with the official announcement of these changes.