I completely agree! It's too bad that Marriott tried to disguise this as i beneficial change to its members. Reality is it actually requires us to burn more points to get the exact same benefit. Even with the increase in Platinum points, I believe it will still be worse for the way most of us use our points.
I like Marriott, and don't have any plans to switch loyality with this change, but if there is another one like it then I most certainly would need to reconsider where I spend 125+ nights a year.
"Most of us who travel on business a lot, use the reward program for extended hotel stays." Six months have passed since your comment, and a whopping 88% of the respondents to the survey question, "Have you extended a business trip for leisure?" agree with you. In that time, prices at the pump rose to over $4/gal in NY across all brands. Now, thank God, they have rolled back to slightly over $2/gal and road trips make sense again. Yesterday, I had to fork over 50,000 points for 2 nights at a Residence Inn for leisure. That's 50% more and definitely NOT an enhancement.