After suffering a year of Marriott's falling stock price, Marriott has further "rewarded" those of us who put our faith (and dollars) not just in its products, but the company itself, by severely depreciating the value of Marriott "Rewards" points. The marketing gurus who attempted to mask this insulting devaluation of the points program by removing blackout dates and offering a 5th night free on a 4-night reward stay have so missed the boat they should soon find themselves awash in a sea of discontented members once those members realize that a 5-night stay with a 5th free night now requires more rewards points than a 5-night stay under the old program. Taking away the "discount" that required less points for multi-night stays is a true slap in the face to those of us who have spent years accumulating points with a specific vacation in mind. So now not only do we have to work more years before retirement since Marriott's stock price has tumbled, once we have the opportunity to travel, we'll have to use substantially more reward points after 1/15/08 for hotel stays. Hy-ho, Hy-ho, it's off to Hyatt I go.