Just received this notice which said, among other things:
One of the many benefits you receive as a Marriott Rewards® Cardmember is a $100 Bonus Buck after you spent $25,000 between January 1 and December 31 each year® on your card. As of September 1, 2011, we are changing this benefit to a Free Night e-certificate at one of Marriott's® category 1-4 properties.
That's disappointing. Of course, the bonus bucks were more flexible. But one particularly frustrating aspect is that - with the old bonus bucks - you got credit for a paid night.
Granted, it's tough to complain because many of us received TWO (2) bonus bucks coupons this year (because the first set had premature expiration dates).