Every day we picked the essential award travel news to keep you stay informed. Today, we are bringing you-Big Changes to Marriott Rewards Hotel Categories & SPG Best Rate Guarantee Policy; 3 other award travel news today.
Monday blessings and award travel has some housekeeping to do. It’s time for the annual loyalty program changes among major hotel chains, and it is Marriott’s turn this time. The sad news is, it is worse than the SPG one earlier. Starting effect March 6 this year, 1,330 Marriott Rewards hotel categories will be changed, and 81% of the changing hotels are moving up. Uh-oh. Marriott runs many decent hotels out of Categories 1-5, which is where most of their free night certificates are valid. So even when they are not adjusting the number of points required for a stay, the value of Marriott Rewards programs is silently devaluating.
SPG adjusted terms and conditions for its Best Rate Guarantee on February 8, although the revision date they have posted online is January 22, tricky. Just so you know, this is the second time amend it, with the goal to align with Marriott’s policies better. Specifically, they adjusted the discount from 25% to 20%, and the cut seems to be only available for targeted members.
New rate plan from SPG for Asia Pacific premium rooms and suites. Members can get up to 15% of their room rate back in hotel credit + 1,000 Starpoints if they book this offer by March 17. And this promotional rate is valid through July 31, 2018.
If you didn’t know this already, IHG Rewards Club offers 1,000 points Birthday bonus. What is even better, and more importantly, no stay required! Friendly reminder, you need to register to be a member of IHG Rewards Club (duh).
Today is a day full of promotions. New double bonus miles offer from AccorHotels to Etihad frequent flyers. This promo is eligible for stays between February 9 and March 30. You can access this promotion via AccorHotels’ website. However, their website is still a mess, and you need to change your earning preference to earn the double miles. Award Travel wishes you the best luck!