Over 3 million points. I can’t recall any redemption quite that big. There was the 1 million points to throw out the first pitch in Game 7 of the World Series. That seems kinda cheap compared to this.
Marriott announced award category changes for 2019. Most of the changes involve properties getting more expensive, costing more points to redeem. But, there are a small few getting cheaper.
Have you ever looked back on something you’ve written and known that you were right at the time, only to find out a year later you really weren’t? I did recently. Oddly, it involves travel. Take a seat and hear me out.
2018 was a year of ups and downs. Most of the ups were improvements in the Hyatt program. The downs were mostly owned by Marriott. Here’s a brief look at my year in hotels and what I think the future holds.
The Sheraton Porto is a bright, clean hotel in downtown Porto. Elite members will enjoy the club lounge. The hotel has a large, well-equipped fitness center and spa as well as multiple restaurants. It’s located a short ride or long walk from the heart of downtown.
One more bite of the apple? Marriott has announced that the increased category 8 pricing for awards won’t go into effect until at least March, 2019. We had assumed this would happen in January. That means you may still have time to book at least one or two more “once-in-a-lifetime” vacations at unbeatable redemption rates.
Two weeks is enough time to work out the kinks on the Marriott/SPG integration, right? How about two months? Apparently, that’s not long enough, either. While members continue to have these issues, Marriott sits mostly silent. They do find time to tell investors things are great. It doesn’t seem they’re spending the time to ask customers if that’s actually the case.