I would not be suprised...Marriott has made a clear statement that they no longer care much about their most loyal customers since the economy is picking up and the new management have put their priorities elsewhere and hoping that the gulible Marriott Insiders continue to give their loyalty and their dollars,.
Well, I will note that prior to BOGOs being removed*, several incidences of customer service reps and General Managers stating that it was already dead (as far back as March 2012) were observed, and yes, the most recent prediction of severe category increases was abuzz prior to the actual posting; so, oh boy, as Carly Simon sang, Anticipation, buckle up.
*This is why I sincerely feel for Michellel when she gets hung out to dry on bogo, alisonh when she toes the company line about Courtyard free coffee, or Andy when he attempts to convince intelligent humans that Marriott discontinued the gift cheque program because the maker of the cheque stopped making it. I don't feel for Arne when asked by Simon Hobbs of CNBC if he was watering down his loyalty card system, and he responds, "Well, I, I, I'll confess, I don't know precisely what level this J.W.Marquis in Dubai is at".
That's good stuff Cal. Michelle is already covered with her statement, that some will like the changes; all heavy users of the Panama Marriott will now be able to use their Cat. 1-4 certificates. And to IAH, your Astros may win the World Series. and now I return to my regularly scheduled program of digging through the Marriott matrix finding good deals (actually the new JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, which btw opens as a lowly Cat. 6, is offering some great weekend rates in March for a 581 sq. ft. room for around only $182, let's all go).
Astros, what is an Astro......I've heard of Lastros, might that be similar to something you find at the bottom of everything? Some of us Texan fans wish that guy some refer to as a quarterback #8 would join the Astros!
Yes back to our regularly scheduled program, I see the Marriott's Maui Ocean Club - Lahaina & Napili Towers are showing Cat 7, is this the new Cat or will it jump to Cat 8 soon?