Recently, I have been bugged by my accountant and my tax adviser and even my broker (and no I am not a one percent-er, yet) about reassessing my portfolio, tax situation, and other things.
So, how about (and I have asked this before) can you weigh in on what the state of Marriott and Marriott Rewards is at year's end? You can choose any metric you want, but how about a year end look back: are you feeling better or worse about the program and why?
Thanks for considering this and hopefully for responding.
Well, look what I stumbled upon in the Forum Review. I was out last night for a dinner and a show at the lovely Reston Va. Town Center (man, I sure wish that was a Marriott, instead of a Hyatt!) and I completely missed this post (apparently so did a boatload of other Insiders - 28 views). But those two events help guide my answer to your post. Starting with my oft repeated disclaimer that given the type of potential issues everyone can face in life, concern about the state of Marriott Rewards is a pleasant diversion that we're fortunate to have.
Erc, I forgot when posting my latest bon mot to send in the usual fee so that it would flash as very important on everyone's MRI screen and obliterate the lesser posts reminder to 'selfie'--next time!
But Stasis for me indicates a steady state, as in when the Titanic is sailing along on its maiden voyage. Stasis is not in my view a downward trend, as in the one you describe. It is a state when opposing forces cancel each other out. But we have no opposing force, other than voting to stay elsewhere, but as we know, there can be no stasis.
I do agree that the Marriott Rewards slope is downward, and the benefits over which we have no control are our iceberg (Titanic reference) in the path. So, it is up to us to steer away if we can.
I agree - the stability of eroding = pre-warned non sequitur
Where's that fee place? Once again, highlighting the benefits of Insiders, learning and sharing
But I smell what you're cooking and agree completely. The issue is where to steer, it's pretty much looking like all the same out there. Thus, the comforts of the known and the avoidance of "switching costs".
There are also other costs, which we all know from our macroeconomic studies, and this is the opportunity cost of a choice: which is the value of the best alternative forgone, in a situation in which a choice needs to be made between several mutually exclusive alternatives given limited resources.
I am a rookie compared to many of the posts I read. I used to funnel most of my stays to Hilton then Hilton changed the points total needed and so I decided to move most of my stays to Marriott. I have had mostly good experience and now Marriott has changed its points stays by changing the cat. of hotels. For the most part I still can find most Residence Inns or the like where I want them on points so I will stay with Marriott but if they make too many hotels out of the points then I might change. Right now I like the insiders and the help they provide.
Well most of my stays at Marriott are derived by my company so I am not looking elsewhere for my stays. When there is a Marriott near my destination and I can stay at a Marriott on points for leisure, I do so. I look at the Rewards program as a wonderful asset for whatever return I get as it is given to me by my company as a perk. They do not have to let me gain the points...they could use all the points for the stays for all employees themselves, but they choose to allow the buyers who travel for them to receive points personally.
I have seen much change in the Rewards program over the years I have been travelling and staying at Marriott hotels. The program is not what it used to be as I once used 120,000 points for a 7 night island hopper vacation in Hawaii which is far from what I can get with 120,000 points nowadays. However, I cannot and will not complain because it is still a gift from which I am grateful to receive.
I am sure if I was paying for all my travels and receiving the rewards that I would look at the program in a different light and expect more for my loyalty to the brand. But again I will say that I am so thankful for all the free stays I have been able to have because I am allowed to gain the points in the Rewards program in the first place. I appreciate the value still, even if it is not what I could have or did get in recent years.
Marriott, Marriott what would I do
If I didn't have points to stay with you?
They may have diminished over the years
But you won't catch me shedding tears
It's all gravy for me you see
So my next stay, Marriott will surely see me...
and thanks to all the insiders who make this board what it is. I've gotten some fabulous ideas and suggestions from the posts and been able to give advice in cases as well. It has been and will continue to be a great tool for that