In a about 9 days, Marriott’s still unnamed new loyalty program will start. Perhaps the most time sensitive change has to do with the new cost of award nights. While some hotels especially high end SPGs will cost less at least until December many others will cost more points. This Marriott site can help one decide if it makes sense to book hotels before or after August 1st. In my case, most of the hotels in cities I’m interested in will cost between 5,000 and 15,000 points more. However, things can be worse, for example if you are interested in Rome, the St. Regis Rome will cost 25,000 points more!

What will your strategy be?

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