When the year started the most expensive award price at any Marriott property was 60,000 points per night. Then they added category 8 raising the top price to 80,000. Then in September the introduced peak pricing raising the top price to 100,000.
Now Marriott Bonvoy terms and conditions have been updated to say that category 8 high season pricing of 100,000 points per night is no longer the highest price a hotel can get.
Select properties may have redemption rates in excess of the Category 8 Redemption Rates.
Back in March we learned that $7000 per night all-inclusive North Island in the Seychelles would be joining Marriott’s Luxury Collection and I confirmed that it would become part of the Bonvoy program for earning and redemption.
Credit: North Island
A Marriott spokesperson tells me that the new terms are in preparation for bringing North Island into the program.
We recently welcomed the addition of North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles into the Marriott International portfolio and look forward to making this spectacular property available for award stays in the near future. In order to price the resort properly for redemptions, the change was made to the terms and conditions.
I don’t think anyone expected to be able to use 100,000 Marriott points per night at North Island, that would have meant redemptions 10 times the average value of their points.
My concern is that once there’s a mechanism in place for charging more points than the award chart’s top category peak season price, that it’ll be tempting to expand the practice to other expensive or unique properties. For instance Al Maha, where every guest has their own villa with private pool, includes meals (even room service) and activities.