I've used the travel plans to stay 7 days in Paris and 7 days in Rome and have enough points to stay for another trip (even with the changes). For a trip to a category 8 hotel with 120,000 airline miles, it's a 33% increase. I've had very little problems with blackout days. That change seems to me to be camouflage. The real change is the category 8 hotels. Count me as a disappointed, soon to be disappeared client of Marriott.