In September of 2019 the Marriott Bonvoy program officially started using Off-Peak and Peak pricing on top of standard award night rates. Off Peak and Peak award night pricing is where they charge less or more points per award night based roughly on how much the hotel is charging or how full it is for that night. To refresh your memory, here is the Marriott Bonvoy reward night redemption chart indicating the points required for each category for Off Peak, Standard and Peak pricing:
And now that travel is slowly and I mean really slowly starting up again Marriott has launched a promotion to encourage booking at their hotels by offering Off Peak pricing at roughly 5,500 of their 7,000+ hotels globally. We’re not sure if 5,500 is chosen as that is how many of their properties are actually open for business or if there is another metric for them choosing that amount of hotels. This offer is good for bookings made by June 30 for stays completed by July 31, 2020. Simply log in to your account on Marriott.com and start searching for availability at the hotel of your choice to see it is one offering Off Peak pricing. You will however want to compare cash pricing versus points pricing to see if it is worth redeeming as many hotels are offering some great cash prices right now. For example I found the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge in the Canadian Rockies was pricing as low as C$185 or 40,000 points for the same night – that’s getting under 1/2 Canadian cent per point value which is very low value when you can easily get 1 cent or more. Granted with travel curtailed and the likelihood of jetting off to some far flung destination where hotels are $1,000 per night and getting more value for your points is not likely happening until 2021 you may be inclined to just use up some points now for a stay closer to home and while the value may be less you would be keeping that cash in your pocket.
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