Marriott Changing Hotel Categories: How It Will Affect Your Disney Vacation

Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive Review

Marriott will change the amount of points you’ll pay for more than 2,000 of its hotels on March 4th. And it’s mostly bad news. Almost 1,700 of those hotels will cost more points. Disney World is largely unaffected. The Swan and Dolphin are staying put at 50,000 points per night (standard price for Category 6 hotel).

Disneyland and Universal Orlando hotels most affected include:

  • Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance – Category 6 to 7 (From 50,000 to 60,000 points per night)
  • Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim – Category 4 to 5 (From 25,000 to 35,000 points per night)
  • Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive – Category 4 to 3 (From 25,000 to 17,500)

Analysis

Most of our favorite theme park hotels under Marriott’s umbrella are unaffected. But, Marriott is no longer a travel point that I actively collect. If you earn Marriott points because you stay at Marriott’s regularly, there are still some hotels where you can get good value. But, for the most part, it’s not worth your effort to earn Marriott points with a credit card.

We’ve stayed at all three of the hotels listed above. We would not pay points for the two going up any longer. While the Four Points in Orlando is not a great hotel, and a little bit of a long walk to Universal Orlando, at 17,500 points you’ll probably get a good deal using points.

If you’re planning to book something that is going up, do so before March 4th. You can find the full list of changes HERE.

Hat Tip: Miles to Memories