Just started shopping for hotel rooms (using points) under the new program. JW Marriot Cancun 7 nights, previous points 130,000,....now 180,000. Looked into 3 and 5 night stays for the same location over the next several months and found multiple instances of unavailable rooms. Very disappointed with this change. I will be actively looking for a new reward program. 2 Thumbs down Marriott.
I just tried to make a reservation with "points" for any day in the coming six months at the Grand Flora in Rome. It was not possible - even though it was going to cost almost double the points because of the change in points and BECAUSE Marriott changed the level to an 8!!!