My question is do all Marriott's have to let you use or points any time you want
Or they have restriction l was told I couldn't use my points at the Hollywood Marriott in fla las t March they told me
Is black out that week they offered me other properties in the area. But I saved my points and went any way
Just like airline awards tickets hotels put a limited number of rooms per night that are available for reward bookings. Some properties are in such high demand that quite often you cannot even find a room using reward points as they sell out the property most nights, particularly during their high seasons. However; once in a while you might luck into a spot that has reward nights available on short notice when six months before nothing was open, so always check and recheck those places you wish to visit especially if you are able to travel on short notice.
This post follows a long tradition where Marriotts "no blackout date" speil creates an expectation that it's possible to reserve a hotel room for points if there's a room available for cash. It's not.
No blackout dates means every Marriott must offer its entire standard room inventory for redemption every night of the year except a few dates, where, with permission from corporate, the hotel can restrict the numbers of redemption rooms available. Hence whilst there are no blackout dates when the hotel refuses all redemptions, there are a few dates in every hotels year (and it varies property to property) where the number of redemption rooms are heavily restricted, meaning you have to book very early to get one of the few redemption rooms available.
For true "last standard room" redemption availabilty you have to look to Hilton and SPG.
Its important to realise however that Marriott points are really easy to redeem, when I was reserving my monthlong USA/Canada roadtrip I was able to redeem every night at local Marriotts had I chosen to do so. In fact I find Marriott points far easier to redeem than IHG points or Airline miles.
I received an anniversary card from Marriott Rewards a few day ago (digitally) congratulating me on my 14th year. They mentioned that I have earned during that period over 6 million points. As of today I have under 100,000 in my account (those 45000 nights at the Essex House add up).
Needless to say - THOSE POINTS PAID FOR MANY STAYS, MANY MILES AND MANY GIFT CARDS!!