Marriott Points Advance Policy Change: No Longer Available If You Have Sufficient Points

Marriott has made a change to its Points Advance policy without giving any notice. It’s now only possible to make a Points Advance reservation if you don’t have a sufficient number of points.

In the past, Marriott gave you a choice when booking an award stay when you had enough points to cover the cost – either pay in full with those points, or make a Points Advance booking and ensure you have enough points to cover the reservation within 14 days of your travel date.

Now, you only have the option to pay with the points that you already have:

Marriott Purchase Points - More Than 1 Month With Sufficient Points

Points Advance is still available for members that don’t have enough points to cover the stay, although it’s only available for stays more than 30 days away.

Marriott Purchase Points - More Than 1 Month

If you don’t have enough points and want to book a stay that’s more than 7 days but less than 30 days away, Marriott won’t allow you to do that. Instead, it’ll advise that either your account is too new or you’ve purchased the maximum number of points already, even if neither of those scenarios are true.

Marriott Purchase Points - Within 1 Month

If you don’t have enough points for a stay within 7 days, Marriott will allow you to purchase points instead. That’s unlikely to provide good value though, so it’s not ideal.

Marriott Purchase Points - Within 1 Week

Ultimately, this change to Marriott’s Points Advance policy won’t have a huge impact on most people because the majority of people booking a stay for which they have enough points will choose to use those points for the stay rather than doing a Points Advance reservation.

There will be some people though for whom this is yet another example of them being Bonvoyed given that Marriott gave no notice that this change would be implemented.

h/t Jeffsetter

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Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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Nick
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Nick

Make a refundable booking (outside cancellation window) elsewhere to use your points. Then make reservation you want to… problem solved.

Pam
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Pam

Not as though you’re earning “interest” by holding onto the points anyway, not sure what the motivator is for your work-around? Especially since there have been previous DPs with Marriott increasing points on reservations not locked in with earned points?

Nick
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Nick

To use credit card certs you haven’t earned yet.

Pam
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Pam

I have been unsuccessful with Marriott replacing existing point reservations with certs.

OhBoy
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OhBoy

How do you replace the points reservations when you get the certs? Do you call in and just ask them to do that?

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Bob

My question: If I have an existing reservation using advance points and I now have enough points for the reservation, will Marriott “Bonvoy” me by applying the points w/o contacting me? Or will the old policy still apply until/unless I try to make changes to the reservation or the cut off date for applying points arrives (the reservation is for Aug 2019)? I actually have accumulated a couple of certs I can apply, reducing my points needed by half (I’d rather use the certs than do the 5-days for 4-days of points option Greg discusses elsewhere).

wise2u
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wise2u

bonvoyed again

Pam
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Pam

Hi Stephen, if booking a stay more than 30 days out, what is the advantage in trying to replace a Points Advance stay v an Earned Points stay with a cc cert? Seems to me points are points? Thanks

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