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I have a 7 night bonvoy certificate which expires this week. Since it has been extended a year ago they are unwilling to extended again, only to give me 5000 points for it. Any suggestions?
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #120 on: February 05, 2020, 12:33:43 PM »
looked thru 6 pages of changes, seems like the trend is,

Nicer and more desirable hotels that had value in points redemptions are GOING UP. This includes many ones where DDF members redeemed at.
Cheaper hotels no one even heard of are going down.
South african hotels are going up by the dozen. (one is going down)
Many Many so called premium brands going up categories.
I'll summarize:


Properties with points value will lose said value. Those without any value will stay as is.  >:(
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #121 on: February 05, 2020, 12:35:38 PM »
By next year I'm sure categories will go away like Hilton and hotels will just be charged at whatever they want.

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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #122 on: February 05, 2020, 12:39:38 PM »
I'll summarize:


Properties with points value will lose said value. Those without any value will stay as is.  >:(

I think 2%-2.5% cash back will be king. There will be select days (when not blacked out) where it might be worth redeeming but other then that I just don't see it.
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #123 on: February 05, 2020, 12:46:02 PM »
I think 2%-2.5% cash back will be king. There will be select days (when not blacked out) where it might be worth redeeming but other then that I just don't see it.
Yup. Hybrid points are the way to go.
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #124 on: February 05, 2020, 12:59:27 PM »
Even before this, earning Marriott point was generally lost opportunity (lower earning potential vs MR, UR, or airline points).

Now even chasing bonuses is becoming less worth it.

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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #125 on: February 07, 2020, 11:48:35 AM »
How come if you suppose to get the "5th" night free does it cost more points? 4 night @145K but if you add the 5th night it goes up tp @160K? (its not allot of points, but wondering)

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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #126 on: February 07, 2020, 12:10:03 PM »
How come if you suppose to get the "5th" night free does it cost more points? 4 night @145K but if you add the 5th night it goes up tp @160K? (its not allot of points, but wondering)
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #127 on: February 07, 2020, 12:20:08 PM »
post a screenshot
I see it by numerous hotels...is it maybe for taxes or fees?

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« Reply #128 on: February 07, 2020, 12:38:03 PM »
I see it by numerous hotels...is it maybe for taxes or fees?
post a screenshot

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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #129 on: February 07, 2020, 12:40:56 PM »
How come if you suppose to get the "5th" night free does it cost more points? 4 night @145K but if you add the 5th night it goes up tp @160K? (its not allot of points, but wondering)

Because 5th night free only gives you the cheapest night of your stay free. The 5th night that you're adding isn't the cheapest

@Dan discussed it at the end of this post: https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/milespoints/marriott-dynamic-peak-award-pricing-coming-next-month-points-advance-5th-night-free-awards-will-devalued/
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #131 on: February 11, 2020, 11:29:14 PM »
https://viewfromthewing.com/marriott-eliminates-elite-telephone-reservations-for-silvers-and-golds-without-notice/

And this is the program that everyone prefers 8:1 over SPG....

For the savvy, makes no difference. But crazy that they feel hey can do whatever they want and whenever they want, WITH NO NOTICE.
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #132 on: February 11, 2020, 11:30:25 PM »
For the savvy, makes no difference.
Me wana be savy as well, pm open 8)

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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #133 on: February 11, 2020, 11:42:02 PM »
For the savvy, makes no difference.
Are you taking about foreign customer service numbers?

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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #134 on: February 12, 2020, 01:20:12 AM »
Are you taking about foreign customer service numbers?
I dont think it is.
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #135 on: February 12, 2020, 05:36:31 PM »
Just got off the phone with the Marriott Bonvoy Gold phone number and and was asking some simple questions about how many nights I need for elite status.... answer I got was,"Well I can't do math in my head"!  :-\

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« Reply #136 on: February 12, 2020, 06:01:06 PM »
Just got off the phone with the Marriott Bonvoy Gold phone number and and was asking some simple questions about how many nights I need for elite status.... answer I got was,"Well I can't do math in my head"!  :-\
Why doesn't this surprise me? LOL
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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #137 on: February 12, 2020, 06:41:30 PM »
At the time I tried to reserve my rooms in a single hotel (category eight) there wasn't availability for all of the nights I wanted.  Eventually I was able to get all of the nights I wanted, but it was on 4 separate reservations.  Because there weren't 5 nights on any of the reservations they would not give me the 5th night free.  The hotel said that they would combine the reservations on their end so that I wouldn't have to change rooms in the middle of my stay but they couldn't combine it so that I could get the 5th night free!

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Re: #Bonvoyed - Master thread - Post all Bonvoyed related content - Only Negative
« Reply #138 on: February 12, 2020, 06:52:49 PM »
When you book using the app they dont let you put child's age, so hotels that charge for extra person will add on a additional fee. Online you can add in child's age (infant) and then no charge. (In my case was almost $300 in fees and I was in a rush so just figured it was resort fees or taxes, then I decided to check what the actual fees are)

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