Marriott Bonvoy is set to follow some other major hotel chains and abolish reward charts in favour of dynamic pricing from 2022. So what does that mean for you?

Historically, dynamic pricing means you’ll end up paying a lot more points for the same product. Sure, there’ll be some instances where a hotel room is being offered at a cheaper rate during a quiet week, but those opportunities are usually rare.

With fixed reward charts, you’ll know how many points a room will cost. Marriott Bonvoy already introduced peak and off-peak pricing for its charts a few years back. But with dynamic pricing, rooms at popular properties and at peak times will likely require significantly more points.

Flexible point redemption rates will mean that more rooms overall will be available for redemption stays because our hotels will be able to better manage room inventory.

The award chart will go away in March; however, we expect redemption rates for nearly all hotels – more than 97% – will continue to range between their current off-peak and peak redemption rates for stays throughout 2022.

That means less than 3% of hotels will have redemption rates in a higher range than where they are currently in the award chart. For stays beyond 2022, we will adjust rates based more closely on hotel rates.

– Marriott Bonvoy spokesperson, 27 October 2021

When will Marriott dynamic pricing kick in?

From March 2022 (exact date unknown), the reward charts will be removed. But for the rest of that year, Marriott tells us that “more than 97%” of properties will stay within the current peak and off-peak rates. That’s mostly good news if you’re hoping to indulge in a stay in 2022.

Hotel CategoryOff-PeakStandardPeak
The existing Marriott Bonvoy reward chart that will soon be gone.

But for the remaining 3% of properties in 2022, as well as every property from 2023 onwards, there’s no knowing how high rates will go. Under the reward chart, the most you can spend on a single night is 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. But that cap will vanish once dynamic pricing is rolled in.

Marriott hasn’t yet told us which 3% of properties aren’t capping their rates in 2022. But we can probably expect that the ultra-luxurious resorts, such as the St Regis Maldives Vommuli, will be the type of properties that are affected in the interim.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Read our review of the St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

At least the ‘Stay for 5, Pay for 4’ offer will remain. This means if you book five nights with Marriott Bonvoy points, you’ll just have to pay for four. Usually, the cheapest night is discounted.

What about Marriott Hotel + Air packages?

If your Marriott Bonvoy points balance has ticked over six figures at some point, you’ve probably considered the popular Hotel + Air packages. These packages neatly tie together a seven-night hotel certificate in the category of your choosing, along with a chunk of airline frequent flyer points.

Hotel Category7 nights + 50,000 miles7 nights + 100,000 miles
1-4255,000 points330,000 points
5315,000 points390,000 points
6435,000 points510,000 points
7495,000 points570,000 points
8685,000 points750,000 points
Current pricing of Hotel + Air travel packages (figures in Marriott Bonvoy points).

At this stage, Marriott hasn’t confirmed what will happen with the Hotel + Air packages once the program moves to dynamic pricing. The main issue is that hotel categories won’t exist after the change.

We’ve contacted Marriott for more information on this. In the meantime, if you do have any points for a Hotel + Air package, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to lock in a stay…

Summing up

Marriott Bonvoy will move to dynamic pricing from March 2022, with the rates to be fully uncapped from 2023 onwards. While there may be more rooms available to be booked with points, you’ll likely need to fork out more points per stay, which is unfortunate.

Marriott is not alone in this approach. Notably, IHG Rewards and Hilton Honors have also shifted to dynamic pricing in recent years, which has certainly resulted in points stays becoming more pricey. If you prefer the certainty of fixed room reward rates, then perhaps the World of Hyatt program could be your next focus.

Marriott Bonvoy moves to dynamic pricing was last modified: November 1st, 2021 by Brandon Loo