Marriott to Charge More Points for Disney Area Hotels

Marriott is increasing the cost of using points at a number of hotels close to our favorite Disney vacation destinations. Of all the hotels changing across Marriott brands, we found 11 changes to Disney area hotels. All of them are going to cost more points starting March 5th. Here they are:

Disneyland

  • Courtyard Anaheim/Resort Convention Center – (25,000 to 35,000)
  • Four Points by Sheraton Anaheim (17,500 to 25,000)
  • Residence Inn at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center (35,000 to 50,000)
  • Residence Inn Anaheim Resort Area/Garden Grove (25,000 to 35,000)
  • SpringHill Suites Anaheim Maingate (25,000 to 35,000)

Disney World

  • Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre (17,500 to 25,000)
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Kissimmee/Celebration (17,500 to 25,000)
  • SpringHill Suites Orlando Kissimmee (17,500 to 25,000)

Aulani

  • Courtyard Waikiki Beach – (35,000 to 50,000)
  • Sheraton Waikiki 6 to 7 (50,000 to 60,000)

SeaWorld Orlando

  • Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® (25,000 to 35,000)

Analysis

First, notice hotels going from 35,000 to 50,000 points like the Courtyard Waikiki and Residence Inn in Anaheim. Those are important because the Marriott (and Starwood) credit cards offer a free night at hotels that cost 35,000 points or less. You’re losing these options for your free night.

For Disney World, there’s not much to see here. Marriott did the damage last year when the increased the Swan & Dolphin to 50,000 points. The hotels on this list are largely budget level hotels 10-15 minutes away.

It hurts a little more at Disneyland. The Four Points by Sheraton in Anaheim was a good budget hotel within walking distance of Disneyland. At only 17,500 points per night, it was a good deal. Also the Residence Inn we mentioned earlier was another great option, being located just across from Cars Land and offering really large rooms with your free nights.

You can find the full list of hotel changes here.

Our Take on Marriott

We’re slowly backing away from Marriott. The devaluation at the Swan & Dolphin was a big hit. And they seem to keep chipping away at some of the great values that were out there. For now, we’re keeping our Starwood Amex because of the value we get from Amex Offers. But, we’re not working toward earning Marriott points like we used to.

Hat Tip: View from the Wing