IHG and others have raised the number of points required to get a free room for 2012. Hope no one at Marriott Rewards knows that or thunks it makes good sense.
I noticed that too. That may be a case of point inflation. As they keep giving away more points easier (higher promos for getting cards, contests, etc), they keep raising the number of points needed to stay, and devaluing the prestige and perks with higher levels. Seems to just be the way things are going.