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An Idea about Category 5 Certificates

phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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Over the past couple of years, there have been numerous posts on Insiders with the complaint that the Cat 5 certs are not easy to use.  Cat 5 certificates are often received either as an annual benefit for using the Marriott Chase Visa, or as part of a Mega bonus promotion.

 

Here's a suggestion:  Why not allow people to upgrade from a cat 5 for 5,000 points for each level of upgrade.  A cat 5 hotel costs 25,000 points per night.  A 6 is 30,000, a seven is 35,000, etc. up to 45,000 for a cat 9.  A lot of people would be much happier with these cat 5 certs if they could upgrade them in this way.  I rarely have a problem finding cat 5 hotels, but it does happen, occasionally.  Any thoughts on this, friends?

(For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • 1. Re: An Idea about Category 5 Certificates
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    I'd love this, but I have serious doubts that Marriott will ever implement. More likely is if they devalue to many properties, they might bite the bullet and start giving out Cat 6 certs.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • 2. Re: An Idea about Category 5 Certificates
    brightlybob Platinum 10 Reviews
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    The different categories are fixed by reference to Marriotts costs on our redemption activity. Cat1 hotels cost the least, Cat9 the most. The certs encourage redemption at those properties that don't carry their fair share of redemption activity. The IT could be easily put in place to allow upgrading but that then negates the purpose of the certs, namely to encourage lower category redemption activity. Don't expect any changes.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    I don't expect any changes that benefit us, in fact probably the opposite.  But I love your idea phctourist and wish we were offered options even though I have no problem using the Cat 5 certs.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    stelzer001 Platinum 2 Reviews
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    Pchtourist: You have a great point here. Marriott lets me use points then pay cash for an upgrade (have don't this last several years at Christmas holiday time) so what';s the big deal about allowing 1-5 cert plus cash or points to upgrade to a higher cat hotel?

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    pilam76 Platinum
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    absolutely brilliant idea!!!!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    renaissanceman1944 Platinum
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    I think that this is a great idea phctourist...I would be very interested in this if they ever offered it.  Thanks for the suggestion.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    californian Platinum 37 Reviews
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    This has been suggested before and Marriott didn't bite.  Good idea but probably no chance.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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    Never gonna happen.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Sadly, I agree!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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    It's a good idea. brightlybob has nailed it as to why it won't change, though.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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    Why would Marriott do this? They are content with letting these certificates expire because it is so difficult to find category 5 or less hotels to book!!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • 12. Re: An Idea about Category 5 Certificates
    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    But it is not that difficult to find a cat 5 hotel.  Just don't look in a high priced city.  Smaller cities and highway stops offer many cat 4 and 5 options.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • 13. Re: An Idea about Category 5 Certificates
    bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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    I put together what I thought was a pretty good list of options.

     

    Re: Where can I use my category 1-5 certificate in the USA?

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • 14. Re: An Idea about Category 5 Certificates
    phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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    Excellent point, Bob.  If the British, in 1776, had you advising them, you might have won, or avoided the war with the colonies and we might all be one country!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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