Marriott has made some negative changes to ‘Points Advance’. This feature allowed you to book an award stay even if you’re short on points as long as you pay in full 14 days before your stay. You now need to earn the required points within 60 days of making the reservation, for example if you make a booking for January 2022 now then you’d need to earn the points within 60 days of making that reservation rather than just needing the points in your account 14 days before your stay. To make matters worse the new rules apply to existing bookings as well (you have 60 days from May 27 to earn the required points). The fine print states:
Effective May 27, 2021, Members who seek to make an Award Redemption reservation with an insufficient Points balance may book an Award Redemption reservation (“Points Advance Redemption Reservation”) that is at least thirty (30) or more days from the arrival date, and hold it for sixty (60) days from time of booking, or no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the Member’s arrival date, whichever occurs sooner. Points Advance Redemption Reservations booked prior to May 27, 2021 will be placed on a 60-day hold beginning on May 27, 2021, or held no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the Member’s arrival date, whichever occurs sooner.