rockyrock wrote:Do you just not stay at hotels as frequently as you once did? Or you're finding there are too many blackout properties for the Marriott free night? Or other hotel chains offer a better value?
Maybe a little bit of all. For many years, I couldn't use the certs at all unless I traveled to the mainland. There wasn't a Cat 1-5 hotel in Hawaii...now I'm in California so that isn't an issue. I'm trying to consolidate my point earning and this seems to be the best way to do so. I haven't swiped the Marriott card for years.
I only value the certificate if it takes the place of something I would have done anyway. If I was planning on staying at a Marriott (already) and had a cert then it's a bonus.
I don't travel the same way I used to and in the same style. Before, I would always stay at Hiltons and Marriotts and the occasional Sheraton--only three and four star properties. Now when I travel, I aim for the 2.5 star properties. It doesn't matter to me as much and I don't travel for leisure as much.
My stockpile of Starpoints is pretty good so if I want to stay at a higher end property I'm covered. Marriott and Hilton points are junk!