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Preparing for dynamic pricing: Marriott's Lowest Rates Calendar is now visible in search results

Feb. 22, 2022
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Marriott Bonvoy will drop its award charts sometime next month. Although nightly award rates for 97% of properties will stay within their existing off-peak to peak award chart bounds through the end of 2022, we'll still see a lot more fluctuation and possible rates within these ranges. Further, rates will presumably fluctuate more significantly for the 3% of properties that will soon have unbounded award rates.

Alongside the impending switch to dynamic pricing, there is some positive Marriott Bonvoy news, though: you can now check a Lowest Rates Calendar for multiple properties from one results page (as first noticed by Frequent Miler).

Marriott has offered a calendar search for individual properties for a while now, but this new functionality lets you quickly compare paid or award pricing across multiple properties and dates. And that will become increasingly important for flexible travelers once Marriott removes its award charts.

Here's how it works.

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Using Marriott's Lowest Rates Calendar for paid stays

Start at marriott.com as normal. Select dates, click the "My dates are flexible" box and then click "Find hotels."

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

You'll see a new Lowest Rates Calendar drop-down option for each result on the next page.

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

Click on the Lowest Rates Calendar drop-down for any hotels you're interested in. You'll see a price calendar for the hotel as follows:

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

Sadly, this calendar doesn't show all taxes and fees even when "Show rates with taxes and all fees" is checked. For example, here's the same Lowest Rates Calendar with this box checked.

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(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

You can click through to other months in a hotel's Lowest Rates Calendar. If you decide you want to stay on a different date, click on your new check-in and check-out dates in the Lowest Rates Calendar and then click "View rates."

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

Then, go through the rest of the booking process as you typically would.

You can also see the Lowest Rates Calendar for a specific property from its main page. Just toggle from "Specific dates" to "Flexible dates," enter the other relevant information and click "View rates."

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

Related: Possible impending Marriott devaluation: What dynamic pricing could mean for travelers

Using Marriott's Lowest Rates Calendar when redeeming points

Best of all, this new feature also works when redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points. Follow the same steps as above, but check "Use points/certificates" on the first search page before clicking "Find hotels."

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

As with paid rates, you'll see a Lowest Rates Calendar drop-down option for each result on the next page.

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

Click on the Lowest Rates Calendar drop-down for a result. You'll see a price calendar as follows:

(Screenshot courtesy of marriott.com)

If you want to check the Lowest Rates Calendar for a different hotel in your search results, click that property's drop-down. Doing so will make the calendar disappear for the previous property.

If you're looking to earn more Marriott Bonvoy points for your next award, consider applying for a Marriott Bonvoy credit card. Alternatively, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy, both at a 1:1 ratio.

Related: Why I'm not so nervous about Marriott's upcoming switch to dynamic award pricing

Limitations and issues with Marriott's Lowest Rates Calendar

Overwater rooms at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay (Photo by JT Genter/The Points Guy)

Unfortunately, some aspects are still lacking in Marriott Bonvoy's Lowest Rates Calendar. For example, I'd like to exclude particular rates, such as rates that don't allow for free cancellation until shortly before my stay. I'd also like the Lowest Rates Calendar to include all taxes and fees when I check the appropriate box.

Additionally, note that you may experience some issues when using the Lowest Rates Calendar. For example, I ran into the following issues while writing this article:

  • Results in which every Lowest Rates Calendar showed no availability (there was availability when I searched on a different device).
  • A search that likely would have never completed but didn't time out.
  • A search where the Lowest Rates Calendar drop-down disappeared after I selected it.

If you run into issues, open a new window and start a new search. If this fails, log out of your account and try searching while logged out. I didn't have any persistent issues when using these techniques.

Related: 10 Marriott properties to book now before the award chart disappears

Bottom line

Marriott's Lowest Rates Calendar can now help you compare paid rates and award rates across hotels and dates at your destination with ease. There's nothing new about the data and information you can see. Instead, the win here is that you can now quickly check rates on surrounding dates for multiple Marriott hotels in the search results for a destination.

I expect this will be extremely useful once Marriott's dynamic pricing starts next month and I want to quickly decide when to visit a destination and where to stay.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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