Hotel Category Changes
Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hotel category (Marriott®) or tier (The Ritz-Carlton®)?

Hotel categories determine the number of Marriott Rewards® points necessary to redeem for a free night. For instance, a Category 1 hotel requires 7,500 points per redemption night, while a Category 4 hotel requires 20,000 points per redemption night. Hotel categories should not be confused with any form of star rating, level of service or quality.

Marriott Rewards® Hotel Categories: Award Chart

Hotel Category

Points Required Per Night

 
Category 1 7,500

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is 

FREE!

        
Category 2 10,000
Category 3 15,000
Category 4 20,000
Category 5 25,000
Category 6 30,000
Category 7 35,000
Category 8 40,000
Category 9 45,000

 

The Ritz-Carlton® Hotel Tiers: Award Chart

Hotel Tier

Points Required Per Night

 
Tier 1 30,000

Redeem

4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is 

FREE!

Tier 2 40,000
Tier 3 50,000
Tier 4 60,000
Tier 5 70,000

 

How many hotels are affected?

82% of the properties remain unchanged.
62% of the properties will remain in Categories 1-4.
18% of the hotels are changing. Of those changing, 30% are decreasing by one category and 70% are increasing by one category.

Will my existing redemption reservation be impacted?

All redemption reservations booked on or before March 24, 2016 for stays beginning March 24, 2016, will be honored at the point price booked. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to March 24, 2016, call Guest Services to request the lower-priced certificate before your stay. Any changes made to existing reservations after March 24 will be subject to the new category level.

How long can I book a redemption stay using the current hotel categories?

You may book redemption reservations up to 50 weeks in advance of your stay, even before having the required points in your account. For example, on March 1, 2016, you may book your redemption stay as far out as February 15, 2017.

You can also use the NEW Cash + Points to book your redemption stay starting March 24, 2016. Learn more about Cash + Points.