I am very discouraged over the pending changes in the MR program for two reasons: 1. the changes will negatively affect my rewards stays. 2. it seems to me that Marriott is sneaking in some of the changes. First, I enjoy booking seven reward nights in a row. No matter how I figure it, the new 4-nights-plus-one-free stay will cost me MORE points for the seven nights. And that is before the change in category comes into play. I feel strongly that Marriott is losing my loyality because of these changes. Several years ago, I was Diamond at Hilton but switched to Marriott after Hilton greatly increased the points needed for seven-night stays, by as much as 50 percent. Between now and the end of the year, I intend to explore the possibility of Hilton to honor my Marriott status in return for a promise to stay the 75 to 100 nights a year with Hilton properties in 2009 in stead of Marriott properties. I encourage others to do the same.