Marriott just announced that over 500 properties are now moving to a different category (some higher and other lower).
Here is a link to the announcement from Marriott
Points Reward for 1 Night Stay
Marriott has 9 tier award and the tier 1 hotels can be redeemed for 7,500 points and saver awards for 6000 per night. The top tier category is tier 9 and a one night stay at these hotels cost a whopping 45,000 point and 40,000 point using saver awards. Also remember if you Redeem 4 Nights. Get the 5th Night FREE!
Right now is a good time to apply for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit card as it will earn you 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3000 in the first three months from account opening. Also, earn additional 7,500 bonus points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening. That is almost 90,000 points which can be used for FREE 12 nights or more at Tier 1 Hotels worldwide. The card does have an annual fees of $85 that is not waived. Another HUGE benefit from the card is that you Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date which very well justifies the $85 annual fees.