So how does this register with the new MVCI hotel category plan? Or is this moot as of July 16?
"You can trade a full week at Grande Vista for 100,000 Marriott Rewards points.
Important: Marriott Rewards points may not be used for accommodations at Marriott Vacation Club resorts."
However it doesn't make much sense to trade a week for 100,000 points when one could only get 3 days using points to stay at cat 6 or 7 MVCI one bedroom.
And the benefit is....?
What does this really mean? Does Marriott anticipate fewer MVC deposits for points and therefore will have few MVC units available for rental or as rewards? Do they plan an internal MVC exchange program?
Some of the MVC hotel category classifications make no sense at all. Ocean Pointe, supposedly one of the highest demand locations and an ocean front property is a category 5, while Horizons in Branson is a category 6. What's up with this? There are only two reasons I can think of for the lower category for OP:
1. They anticipate very few units to be available for reward travel.
2. They need a place for potential Oceana Palms buyers to stay at lower cost. Oceana Palms is located just up the beach.
I hope there will be some positive news for MVC owners in the near future because everything Marriott has done recently makes ownership less and less appealing.
"What does this really mean?"
Hopefully, it means tighter brand integration between MVCI and Marriott Rewards. There are huge gaps and owners fall between them.
"Do they plan an internal MVC exchange program?"
Contrary to what Patricia Potts told you, Owner Services said an internal exchange program is in the works.
"Some of the MVC hotel category classifications make no sense at all."
You gave good examples. Branson, MO is not what I would call a demand destination and probably gets the higher category because of the proximity of the ever popular sport, GOLF which is not on resort property, but .5 miles away compared to 15+ miles from Ocean Pointe.