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Re­ward and re­demp­tion news

Re­wards pro­grammes Mar­riott Re­wards and Star­wood Pre­ferred Guest (SPG) will be chang­ing the re­demp­tion cat­e­gories of some of their prop­er­ties as part of their an­nual re­demp­tion category re­view, ef­fec­tive March 6 on­ward.

The num­ber of points Mar­riott Re­wards and SPG mem­bers need to spend in or­der to re­deem a per-night stay at a hotel is based on each hotel’s category, which is de­ter­mined by fac­tors such as its lo­ca­tion, av­er­age room rate, ren­o­va­tions and ameni­ties, among oth­ers. The higher the category, the more points it costs to re­deem a stay.

For Mar­riott Re­wards, the changes will af­fect about 26 per cent of the prop­er­ties within the pro­gramme, with 21 per cent increasing in category (and cost) and 5 per cent de­creas­ing.

Mar­riott Re­wards has nine prop­erty cat­e­gories, which range from 7,500 points per night for a stan­dard room to 45,000 points. The cat­e­gories and their re­spec­tive rates are as fol­lows:

• Category 1 – 7,500 points per night

• Category 2 – 10,000 points per night

• Category 3 – 15,000 points per night

• Category 4 – 20,000 points per night

• Category 5 – 25,000 points per night

• Category 6 – 30,000 points per night

• Category 7 – 35,000 points per night

• Category 8 – 40,000 points per night

• Category 9 – 45,000 points per night

SPG, mean­while, has a to­tal of seven cat­e­gories, which range from 2,000 points per night for a stan­dard room to 35,000 points. The cat­e­gories and their re­spec­tive rates are as fol­lows:

• Category 1 – 2,000-3,000 Star­points per night

• Category 2 – 3,000-4,000 Star­points per night

• Category 3 – 7,000 Star­points per night

• Category 4 – 10,000 Star­points per night

• Category 5 – 12,000-16,000 Star­points per night

• Category 6 – 20,000-25,000 Star­points per night

• Category 7 – 30,000-35,000 Star­points per night Mar­riott Re­wards and SPG mem­bers can still re­deem at the cur­rent rates un­til March 6, so it may be worth tim­ing your re­demp­tion ei­ther be­fore or af­ter the changes take ef­fect de­pend­ing on the hotel you wish to book.

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