I have spent years travelling for the "perks" of Gold Elite. I saw this new and improved 2009 Marriott Program just to find that the amount of points required for stays have substantially increased. If you stay in one place to get the fifth night free, then it is not that bad, but if you need to stay one to four nights using points, be prepared to use a lot more of your points. I am really disappointed with this and no longer feel any loyalty to this hotel chain. I am going to pursue Hilton Honors next year. I am already silver and they have better perks then this program. Marriott your cost saving tactics are going to cause you to lose a large customer base. Stupid move.