5 SPG and Marriott Properties You Need to Book Today!

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Today is the last day to lock in Marriott and Starwood properties at the current rates before the annual category changes kick in tomorrow, March 7, 2017. I highly you encourage you to look at the full details of the changes as linked above and make sure there are no properties on the list that you are considering for the next 12-18 months, or you may accidentally end up spending more points than you need to. While nothing can replace looking at the full lists, I’ll also highlight five popular spots you absolutely want to book today before they will cost you more points tomorrow and beyond!


Five SPG and Marriott Properties You Need to Book Today

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino Increasing from a Marriott Category 5 to 6

This Marriott beach resort property is a favorite of those looking to make use of the Marriott Air + Hotel packages which include a stay at a Marriott Category 1-5 property, however it will be going out of range of the 1-5 certificates effective tomorrow, so don’t delay in locking up a stay at this property.

Renaissance Curacao Resort

Renaissance Curacao Resort

San Jose Marriott in Costa Rica Increasing from a Marriott Category 5 to 6

This property looks really charming with a colonial style set on a 30-acre coffee plantation, but it will also be going out of range of the Marriott Category 1-5 certificates effective tomorrow.

marriott costa rica

Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant, Quebec Increasing from a Starwood Category 4 to 5

This Canadian property is right next to skiing and located in a European style village and will be going from a flat 10,000 points per night to anywhere from 12,000 – 16,000 points per night. It will also be going out of range of a Nights and Flights package effective tomorrow.

Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant

Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant

La Posada de Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa Increasing from a Starwood Category 4 to 5

This is a new-to-SPG property in Santa Fe that looks to have some amazing rooms, and a few you may not want quite yet, but as long as you don’t get one of the less desirable rooms it looks pretty amazing and full of character. Just like with the Tremblant property it will be going from 10,000 points to 12,000 – 16,000 points per night effective tomorrow.

Posada Santa Fe

The Westin Toronto Airport Increasing from a Starwood Category 2 to 4

This property may not be a vacation destination by itself, but it could be quite convenient for an overnight near the Toronto airport and today it can be booked for 3,000 – 4,000 points per night, but tomorrow that will more than double to 10,000 points per night.

Westin Toronto Airport

Did you book any Starwood or Marriott properties before the annual category changes kick in tomorrow?

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  1. […] Last Day to Lock in SPG and Marriott Properties at Current Award Rates:  Some properties will go up in price on March 7, 2017 due to their category changes.  If you’ve been considering award stays at SPG or Marriott, I highly encourage you to take a look at the list of changes to make sure you don’t spend any more points than you have to. […]


  1. Yep! Just got the confirmation this morning that we are good to go with our stay next January at the Curacao resort. Had to jump through a few hoops to do it as the hotel doesn’t come up when you put our dates in, but Marriott facilitated things, and I can breathe easier now. We are flying all over with our SW companion pass, and looking forward to the warmth of Willemstad next January!

    • Are you also using the SW companion pass to get there? I also have the companion pass and was looking to book this hotel but didn’t think SW flew to Curacao. Or MP, do you have any good suggestions on places to go using the 7 Day Marriott certificate, while using the SW companion pass to get there?

      • Southwest does NOT fly to Curacao. At least, not yet. I purchased a 300.00 AA gift card with my Chase Sapphire Reserve, and so, it was basically free with the travel credit. Out of pocket, we are looking at around 750.00 in airfare, and I really don’t think that’s too bad for a wonderful week in sunny Curacao next January! ☀️

  2. The Marriott San Jose is remarkable. I stayed there with my wife in November and it was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica

    • That’s good to hear! I just booked it for my Marriott Hotel + Air package for next January. I was hesitant since it’s not on the beach but the property looks beautiful and it seems to be a good location to base ourselves to do lots of day trips. It was a toss up between this property and the Renaissance Curacao – I chose this one since we could also use our SW Companion Pass to get there : )

  3. can the le westin hotel be booked using the 1-5 Marriott nights and flights certificate? Not sure they were allowing the cross over?

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