Marriott offers ‘travel packages‘ where you redeem points for airline miles and a seven night hotel stay (there are also 5 night packages, intended for timeshare owners, these have become tougher to get if you aren’t a timeshare owner).
The value here is that you get transfers of points to miles at a rate that’s good enough you’re more or less getting a free hotel stay thrown in.
The specific pricing varies by airline partner. For instance, here’s the chart for American and Delta transfers and free nights:
The new travel package pricing costs more.
Since I never actually book 7 night hotel stays I will never use this.
Travel packages were an exceptional value for anyone who valued the stays at all, even dropping a few nights off the end of the 7 nights. It’s not surprising to see this devalued in the new program which launches in August.
You can still book the old rates before the program transition happens. It’s still not clear what exactly will happen to stay certificates issued under the old rates where you aren’t actually making the reservation for a hotel now. It would have been nice, for instance, for Marriott to publish terms and conditions for the program we’re all about to be members of.