With the elimination of blackout dates, Marriott Rewards members will have greater access to redemption nights at the company's brands.

"In today's world of travel rules and regulations, people are looking for ways to take a trip on their own terms," said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards. "Especially in today's economic environment, our program is all about making life on the road more productive and more rewarding - no blackout dates is another major step in that direction."

Additional new enhancements to Marriott Rewards include:

- For every four-night stay redeemed, members will receive a fifth redemption night free for that stay.

- Platinum Elite members' bonuses will increase from 30 to 50 percent of the total points earned during their stay.

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