Marriott Rewards Category Changes 2018


Marriott Rewards has come out with its Award Category Changes for 2018. As we;ve come to expect, the timing is aligned with that of SPG, with the changes coming into effect from March 6, 2018.

In a way, the Marriott changes are somewhat more brutal than the SPG changes. Putting the statistics of the changes in Marriott’s own words:

This year, 74% will stay the same, 21% will move up and 5% will move down.

That is, there are more than 4 times as many going up compared to the number going down. The full chart has been published by Marriott here.


As with the SPG changes, hotels are only moving between categories. There are no changes to the point levels, and no new categories are being introduced.

As a point of reference, here are the Reward Categories for Marriott Rewards (excluding Ritz Carlton)

Category Standard Rewards PointSavers
1 7,500 6,000
2 10,000 7,500
3 15,000 10,000
4 20,000 15,000
5 25,000 20,000
6 30,000 25,000
7 35,000 30,000
8 40,000 35,000
9 45,000 40,000


For Ritz Carlton, the chart is as follows

Tier Standard Rewards PointSavers
1 30,000 20,000
2 40,000 30,000
3 50,000 40,000
4 60,000 50,000
5 70,000 60,000


In Australia, 2 hotels are moving up a Category, as per the following table. Unfortunately, none are moving down.


Category or Tier

Category or Tier

Marriott Vacation Club at Surfers Paradise 7 8
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa 7 8


As with the SPG changes, it worth perusing the changes to see if you may be affected. As there are far more properties going up in Category, it is more likely you will be seeing an increase. If this is the case, you should consider making your booking before March 6, to take advantage of the current rates.

On the other hand, if it is moving down, then may want to consider booking later.

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Mark is the founder of FlyStayPoints, and caught the travel bug early in life. He discovered the benefits of travel loyalty programs in 2001, and is always learning how they can make travel better. While work takes him between Perth and Melbourne, he is always plotting his next adventure.