Well, let's say we are going to spend a week at a Category eight hotel, plunking down 240,000 points.
But let's look at the equivalent cost per night
Five weekday nights are at $500 a night and cost 40,000 points per night (ignoring the free night), but actually costs 34,286 points when you do include that free one
Two weekend nights are at $300 a night and also cost 40,000 points per night.
Why can't the two nights at $300 cost 30,000 points each? Or if the room was $250, then 25,000 points?
Just wondering, that's all. Doing this would soften the blow of new categories and diminished bang for the points buck!
I don't think the Marriott feels it is necessary to soften the blow..Why should they..their most loyal customers are no longer important to them..with all the business in developing countries (China), they no longer have any Revenue issues, or at least they do not think so!!!
I like your idea of using the points like cash to pay for a stay however I would be surprised if they do it.
Now let's look at your stay. 5 nts for 40,000 Rewards points, that would have cost $2500 would mean that a point is worth $0.0625. A little over a half cent per point. Not much if you are using the Marriott cc and getting 1 point / $ spent. You can get a cc that gives $0.01/$ spent and use that money to pay for that stay and they would give you points for the stay too and have money left over.