Thanks for the response. I do hope they come back. To take a week long trip to the Caribbean just for being a Marriott rewards member is a very nice benefit. I am going to keep calling and sending messages to the rewards office in hopes of them coming back. It is a shame to see them disappear.
This is a major disappointment. It was the one reward that made my wife tolerate the 125+ nights a year I was away. She is a school teacher. For the past 5 years, we would use the all-inclusive award to spend her spring break on a Caribbean beach where she could veg out. Fortunately, through Insider, I learned that the awards were about to be discontinued and was able to get our Spring 2012 all-inclusive to St. Kitts grandfathered. In the future, who knows what I'll do. Now that I am Lifetime Platinum, maybe I should start building my status with another lodging company. Any suggestions?
I agree with everyone. I am not a 125 night a year traveler, but I do about 95 nights away from my family every year as well. My wife and I were planning to use the points for the St. Kitts trip in the next year. I started a business two years ago and have not had enough time to take a five or seven night vacation. I switched to using Marriott exclusively for all of my travel in order, like many of you, to take advantage of the All inclusive member rewards trips. At least my wife could enjoy something for all of my time away. There is a lot of power in our voice. I will keep sending in complaints to Marriott rewards regarding this. I hope you guys will as well. When I contacted the rewards customer service that is what they recommended. The quote was, "with enough complaints it can bring things back." My fingers are crossed. I like Marriott hotels, but I will use a hotel with the all inclusive options in the future. Thank you all of your comments.
Actually almost any Marriott call be all inclusive if you are Platinum (or really any level just purchase several credits). We were burnt out on Mexico but then came along the $1,000 Marriott Checks you can use at any property!!!! Makes every hotel all-inclusive just charge it and use the $1000 check or instant redemption points to pay the bill. Unless that is gone too!
If you've ever beeen to Bermuda on a dine around program and realized how much money was saved by doing so.....the benefit from the 'all-inclusive' programs at Mariott properties was even better. You could book the all-inclusive package (sometimes at incredibly low prices if your travel schedule was flexible) and, if desired, all food AND drink was included (yes, alcohol too). Every meal...breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It was a great deal.
Another benefit lost....such a shame.
I think this SUCKS! I do 50 meetings a year at the Marriott and our RFPs for hotels are getting ready to launch. I loved this perk. I just looked and even the Platinum $1000 voucers are gone. I believe I might be going Starwood as my company has been pushing for years. Can our Marriott moderator explain WHY THIS MASSIVE CHANGE! We want it back!