I need to wait until the last possible minute to book as my itinerary is subject to change. With American Airlines points I had to book 2 weeks in advance (minimum). Does Marriott have similar rules?
I haven't ever experienced a minimum lead time when booking award stays, nor am I aware of any formal policy (theoretically, you could pay through the nose with the Instant Redemption - so it makes me think that there are not any deadline issues).
Of course, the risk you take when waiting as late as possible, is the lack of availability of award rooms (don't be mislead into thinking there are guarantees for award nights always being available, just because a room is available).
You can make award reservations without withdrawing points (or even having earned the amount of points yet until a week in advance, at which time you must have the points), so here's what I recommend; add one or two nights to each end of your targeted itinerary, make an award reservation for that extended period and then when you firm the dates, call and adjust accordingly. If you can't project that extended window of stays, then yeah, you just take your chances and hope rooms are available for points, and if not for the entire stay, be sure to pay for the cheapest nights (check night by night) and use points for the most expensive ones.
Great insight, erc! As long as the hotel has redemption rooms available, you can book the reservation on the same day as your expected arrival. If you are booking on points for the same day as your arrival, it is best to call the reservations line. That way, you can be sure everything is set up properly for an easy checkin.
No rules. Everything will depend on the availability that is managing the hotel or hotels you intend to get, as someone said here the best thing is that when the time comes you call the reservation line and see that you can get
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