Why is it that I can't use reward points in a cat 1 Fairfield Inn & Suites in North Bismarck, North Dakota after labor day (9/8/10) but I can still get reservations online if I want to pay the price for the night? Is this some secret adventure?~ lz
lz_blogger, Every hotel participating in Marriott Rewards’ No Blackout Dates makes standard rooms available for redemption every day. However, as you have experienced, there may be times when a room is available for cash sale but not for point redemption. On a limited number of nights, hotels may limit the number of rooms available for redemption. You may be trying to redeem on one of these nights where the hotel has sold out its redemption inventory but still has cash inventory available. I hope this information helps - thanks!