I completely agree. I am a business traveler in my second year as Platinum. I also purchased a Marriott Time Share and one of their selling points was that you could cash in your stay every other year for 110,000 points which would buy you 7 nights in a hotel! Not anymore!
I'm gonna burn my points and start the new year with Hilton Honors. Too bad, I really like Marriottbut feel like they really shafted me.
I disagree. I would rather have the no blackout dates and pay higher points for the room. Several times I have had to pay $$$ for one of my nights in a multi night rewards stay because the hotel had no more reward nights left for a particular day. When a hotel is full this is usually not a discounted rate.
As much as I travel for business I don't always get to pick when I travel for pleasure. The points don't do me any good if I am blacked out when I have free time.