Earlier statments do not have an award chart on the back. It is interesting that there were no hotel categories, except by brand. And, there were no Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownPlace Suites, Renaissance, etc. hotels listed.
Thought this might be interesting to share. I started a discussion Marriott Rewards History and home some of you long-timers will add.
I found a Marriott timeline: http://timeline.marriott.com/#/?era=2&milestone=6
Looks like the Courtyard Brand was introduced in 1983 and Fairfield Inn Brand was introduced in 1987,
what an interesting tidbit of info from Marriott past. Thanks for sharing it lakersfan. That is one of the reasons why you were insider of the month, coming up with information all like to read about.
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thanks Brian for answering lakersfan. It looks like you are taken care of lakersfan
If I recall correctly, 'choice' and 'select' options referred to the demand period rather than hotel class. I wish I had an award chart from earlier days. When I purchased my first timeshare in late 80's, 110k MR points could get me 7 nights in any hotel/resort worldwide, plus 2 roundtrip coach tickets on most major airlines, plus 1 week free Hertz car rental. I also recall a cruise award component but don't remember the details. At that time, I could deposit my timeshare week for 110k MR points.
Many years later, I still only receive 110MR for my week, but only receive about 5 nights in a Courtyard for it.
Thanks for bringing back good memories. We were fortunate to have traveled a lot during the glory days of travel.
I was a member of both and frequently stayed in Courtyards because I was in R&D (rather than Marketing) at the time and Marriotts often exceded our guidelines. At that time, Courtyard truly led the industry, effectively targeting the business traveler with a high quality product at a fair value (unlike today). They were primarily newer hotels well located in suburban areas. I believe that Courtyard's program was based on receiving free night certificates after a certain number of nights (I think 1 night for every 10). I don't recall receiving anything when programs were merged, but that was a long time ago.
Nice memories on the old clubs.
Some of us longtime Courtyard Club guests in the 90s earned lifetime gold in Courtyard Club. Once the various branded clubs were merged into the single MarriottRewards program, all our accumulated points and stays and current status passed over. But what about the lifetime elite program membership?s
As I recall, earning Courtyard Club Gold was significantly more than MarriottRewards Silver, but a little easier than earning MarriottRewards Gold.
So how has MarriottRewards accomodated those members already grandfathered in at Courtyard Club lifetime Gold?
Courtyards were my go-to hotel for business travel in the 80s and 90s. Absolute consistency, just what you need, not a lot of what you don't. I hadn't stayed in one since 2000 or so (had a spell of working for employers who preferred other brands) until a couple of months ago. I stayed at a fairly new Courtyard property in Longmont, Colorado, and was utterly disappointed. No resemblence to the Courtyard experience of days passed. I'd much sooner stay in a Fairfield now (though usually can stay at higher end Marriotts now) than a Courtyard.