Marriott and SPG have announced their annual hotel category changes that will take effect on March 7, 2017. These changes are announced annually, usually a month ahead.
This year about a quarter of Marriott properties are changing categories. Out of those, 60% will move up and 40% will move down.
Less than a quarter of SPG properties are changing categories. Out of those, 63% will move down and 37% will move up.
Take a moment to review these changes now, and check if any properties are part of your upcoming plans. You can still book now at the current redemption rate, before March 7th. If your hotel is moving down a category, then wait till after to book your reward stay.