By now, it is a known fact that Marriott Rewards Points are not inflation proof. Marriott Pointsavers may provide a hedge and are "discount hotel stay awards where the limited time special offer is one redemption category reduction in the cost of points for a free night," says Loyalty Traveler's Ric Garrido*. Marriott recently published a new Pointsaver schedule. Looking under the hood, Garrido shares several insights, there were two that caught my attention:
"This may be the year to concentrate points spending on the low tier properties which are holding average room rates much better than resorts." *
"Spending a large amount of points on a high category hotel could provide a relatively low value." *
I agree with Garrido that 2009 may be the year to focus point spending on the hotel categories that deliver the most value. What do you think?