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On April 16, Marriott shared many key details of its new combined loyalty program, incorporating elements of both Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. Many of our most pressing questions were addressed at that time, but a few still remain, including the fate of Marriott’s entirely useful Points Advance feature. Long story short, it isn’t going anywhere this August.
Points Advance allows Marriott Rewards members to book an award stay without yet having the necessary number of points in their account. So if your planned stay requires 100,000 points but you only have 10,000 in your account, you can still confirm an award.
You’ll then have until 14 days prior to check-in to achieve the required balance, either by purchasing points, earning from stays or credit card transactions or transferring in from a partner, such as Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you don’t have enough points accrued by that time, your reservation may be canceled — even if it isn’t, you’ll need to have the correct number before your stay.
According to Marriott, Points Advance is sticking around, and it’ll even be expanded to SPG hotels:
Points Advance will continue to be available at brands participating in Marriott Rewards leading up to and after the August transition. As SPG brands convert to the Marriott technology platform beginning in August, Points Advance will become available to members at those brands as well.
This is great news — you’ll soon be able to book stays at thousands more properties, and then work to build up your balance to cover the trip. It also presents an opportunity to lock in current rates at properties that are expected to jump once the new chart kicks in this August — get booking!
The Points Guy has comprehensive coverage of Marriott’s new loyalty program — read all our stories at “The New Marriott.”
Featured photo courtesy Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete
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