Marriott travel packages – a multi-night hotel stay bundled with a transfer of airline miles – used to be one of the great sweet spots of Marriott Rewards, just as ‘Nights and Flights’ was a great value option in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. Effective January 19, 2022 though these redemptions are no more.
The price of these awards rose so much when Marriott Bonvoy was introduced four years ago that they lost most of their luster, but the introduction of peak season pricing gave award category-based certificates a new use case.
If you were redeeming hotel nights during off-peak dates, you came out behind with upper-tier properties – in some cases substantially behind – using these packages. However redeeming for peak nights you could still eek out a savings of 90,000 points if what you wanted was exactly a 100,000 mile transfer and a seven night stay at a category 4 or higher hotel.
|7 Nights +||High Season|
|Category||100,000 Miles||Priced Separately||Savings|
Marriott is eliminating redemption categories (that’s never good) and they’re also eliminating Hotel and Air Travel Packages as well, effective next Wednesday.
According to an update to the program’s terms and conditions which was unannounced,
3.14 Hotel and Air Travel Packages
Effective January 19, 2022, Hotel and Air Travel Packages are no longer available for purchase.
Apparently Marriott released the information in their terms and conditions update earlier than planned, and this blog post isn’t how they wanted members to learn about the change. A spokesperson offered, “The information was published prematurely, and we regret the error. We will have additional details for members in the coming days”
The use case for these certificates has been limited the past several years, so the actual loss here is minimal. But these travel packages played such an important role for so long that eliminating them entirely still feels like part of the denouement for guests obtaining outsized value from the program.