Posted by William Charles on September 16, 2019
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Published on September 16th, 2019 | by William Charles

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PSA: Check Existing Marriott Reservations To See If They Have Decreased In Price After Peak/Off Peak Introduction

Over the weekend Marriott introduced peak and off peak pricing among a number of other changes. This means some properties are now cheaper than they once were if they fall under the off peak pricing. Unfortunately Marriott doesn’t automatically refund you the difference, so you need to cancel and rebook. Marriott has said that peak/off peak dates will be recalculated monthly, but it’s not clear if this will happen on the 1st of the month or some other date. In any case it does mean that you’ll want to be rechecking prices monthly to ensure you pay as little as possible for your bookings.



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Rick
Rick

I had one reservation that went up 2.5k points and another one that stayed the same. The changes for them to go down are almost 0 I think.

Julian Banks

I had checked and found 5 of mine went down. I got 75k refunded, so it’s definitely worth a look!

Lantean
Lantean

Did you have to cancel and rebook?
Thanks.

Steve
Steve

I checked a res I had that was 50k per night for six nights, a total of 250,000 points. Checking same dates it was now 290,000 points. I checked day by day to figure out how this wacky number was calculated. Nights were 60k, 50k, 50k, 60k, 60k, 60k. Any given day could be peak in their estimation. And of course, the lowest night is the fifth night free. These people really are asses.

Hari
Hari

Facepalm for people like me accumulating Marriott points slowly in hopes of redeeming something next year.

Tyler
Tyler

Didn’t have any go down but did have a nice $250 “extra person fee” show up on one reservation that wasn’t there when booking! Then when I called in to get it removed, the CSR rebooked me at the new peak rate without asking me and then could not reverse it. Now they have to open a case with the property to rebook me at the old rate or refund me the difference in points if the property refuses. So that’s fun! Just some noise around the edges, guys.

Lrdx
Lrdx

Recalculated every month? This is not peak/off-peak pricing, but simply dynamic pricing.

Lawrence
Lawrence

Went to one last weekend before the change just in case and sure enough now it went up $5k points. This would mean I couldn’t use my free night certificates.

I was looking to book one night in Italy in May and that went up 5k points PER NIGHT!

rediff
rediff

@Doc or others .. does any one know when does Home Depot Appliance purchase order posts to credit card? Chat rep mentioned appliances will post immediately like in couple of days while all other orders post when they ship .. just wanted to see if anyone has actual experience with this?

trying to see if it can be posted before benefits change that is coming up on 22nd for Citi Double cash card!!

Jonathan
Jonathan

it posts when delivered

rediff
rediff

Thank you Jonathan

Actually transaction posted yesterday … purchased late evening on 12th .. delivery date is 24th and transaction posted yesterday ..

So the Rep is correct in the sense that they will charge and it will post even before delivery.

Mazz
Mazz

Thx for the heads up! Saved 5k

Kyle
Kyle

A 7 night stay at a Cat 7 came out to 360k points (with 5th night free), but after the changes, it has gone down to its off-peak pricing for a total of 300k points. Thanks for the reminder Doc, def worth checking. Never thought I’d benefit from a Marriott change but I suspect my case is in the minority LOL.

travellight
travellight

Yes, our 2-day reservation went from 100K to 160K.

Henry
Henry

Yes, book Westin Las Vegas early dec. Was 35k, now 100k+. Lucky I booked. Thanks doc.

Alex
Alex

Booked a 7-night stay with Marriott a while back, went back and checked and was happy to see the rate was dropped to off-peak and I would save 60k points! But I found out the bad news…called Marriott multiple times and found out that Marriott would not give me a price adjustment because the type of room I booked is now “sold out”.

Anyone have ideas on this one?

CongestionCharge
CongestionCharge

Can you just cancel and rebook? If not I would HUCA

MattR
MattR

I have a reservation that’s 1 night cash, 2 nights points, and of course I booked the cheapest night as the cash night. So now that night is 5k less than the other 2 nights. If i switch the points night to that night, the cash night for the other days is higher. Not much I can do really.

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Almost didn’t bother checking but glad I did –

I was expecting all my bookings to get more expensive, most did which I expected would happen during peak tourist season.

But I was able to cancel and rebook properties that did drop and was able to upgrade to three nights at Autograph Collection Hotel – so if I get walked it worth $200 USD and 90K.

P1/P2 SUB last fall for SPG Amex Business cards Pretty sweet ROI on that ($0 AF 1st year) SUB – 12 nights +/-$3,500 in rooms (including an upgrade to a $1K Deluxe Sea View Suite @ the Jaffa in Tel Aviv (50K old price).

So may cancel and signup for Chase Marriott cards @ 24 mo post bonus if a decent SUB is running then – cancel before 2nd year AF posts but will play it by ear – depending on how 35K night certs pan out before next fall.

Do wish I had speculatively booked Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando to use 35K certs- as one of the nights I wanted to book now only has revenue rooms – (decent Cat 5 Avg night runs $250+, but also $30 resort fees and $24 self parking). Oh well may book 1 Night with points and one cash – and watch for changes.

Thanks for the heads up.

Van
Van

I cancelled and rebooked my reservation saving 7.5k worth of points, thank you!

Andy S
Andy S

Had the TownePlace Suites in NYC booked next month for 35K pts, went down to 30K…was easily able to cancel & rebook the same room/night…thanks DoC!

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