|Current System (Points)||No Points|
|What You Get Now||What You Would Get if there were NO Points in Marriott Rewards|
|Earn points with stays (ten points per dollar or more is using the MR Visa card)||Status and stay frequency trumps, no points given (Marriott keeps track of your loyalty for you, always recognized at check in) at checkout.|
|Upgrades uncertain||Upgrades to be guaranteed, based on your level of achievement versus that of other status holders at time of check in--might be guaranteed 24 hours in advance sometimes, or a lot.|
|Megabonus, other points earning venues||No special earnings, no points, but free nights based on stay frequency and Elite level|
|Chance to buy merchandise||Discontinued|
|Alliances with airlines for miles rather than points||Could continue, but without points to trade, seems to a thing of the past|
|Points equal nights, can use for things or nights (subject to categories of hotel chosen)||Status, Stay frequency would allow for nights to be earned on a ten per one basis (or some other formula) Categories of hotels discontinued|
|Bottom Line||Bottom Line|
|You get points, you spend points, you take your chances on upgrades||You stay, get rewarded with upgrades more often, have free nights credited based on your stay frequency, and smile a lot more|
We remain loyal because of the perks we get, even if they seem to be less frequent. But a points earning system is not as efficient or rewarding as the Stepping Stones Pointless Rewards System (SSPRS) above. Why not give us the things we want at the time we check in, including upgrades and status recongition instead of a future promise of points sent to an account to be redeemed later?
Cut out that middleman, the points, and give us a reward at the time we show up!
Just my musings on a Friday night in January before a long, very long Status-enhancing Marriott trip!
Comments, suggestions, critiques, agreements, disagreements?
I think I prefer the points-based system that exists across industries presently. The main reasons the quantifier of having x amount of points that have value. the value may not always produce everything you want, but they are real and they are yours. I believe the system you are proposing leaves too much power in the hands of Marriott and less in the hands of the traveler. just my opinion.
I agree with newhilton, but not necessarily with Shoeman.
Actually, I like the points. I'm numbers driven. I enjoy when the numbers go up and feel the loss when the numbers go down. I'm not a points hoarder, but appreciate sitting on a boatload. I normally use them cautiously, thoughtfully, and best bang for the buck. I will be spontaneous, but that's usually for the benefit of friends or family.