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Can you convert a Marriott 7 Night Travel Package to a 5 Night Package?

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Short answer: No, you probably cannot convert a 7 night travel package to a 5 night package. Yesterday we wrote that multiple people have recently had success booking Marriott 5 Night Travel Packages.  This is a big deal because 5 night packages are supposed to be only for Marriott Vacation Club owners.  The rest of us are supposed to get the 7 Night Packages.  5 Night Packages are cheaper, so those of us who are…

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Is it still possible to book Marriott 5-night Travel Packages?

We have written quite a bit lately on the value of Marriott Travel Packages, whereby Marriott Rewards members can use points for a package that includes a number of airline miles and a certificate for a stay in a Marriott hotel. There are packages with a number of different airlines, but here is an example that applies to a handful of airline partners: One of the more popular airline partners for these packages has been…

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Investing in change: Marriott / SPG / Ritz new program opportunities

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Airline and hotel mergers are often bad for consumers since they result in less competition.  That said, mergers also create lots of change.  And with change comes opportunity… We saw this recently with the American Airlines / US Airways merger.  There was a short term opportunity to earn top tier US Airways status through a challenge.  And we knew that we would then get top tier AA status, along with 8 international upgrade certificates, when…

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Get more mileage from hotel points with Aeroplan 30% conversion bonus

One Mile at a Time reports that Air Canada’s Aeroplan is offering a 30% mileage bonus on conversions from hotel partners. The Offer What: Earn up to a 30% bonus if you convert hotel points in Aeroplan miles When: Between March 13 and April 17, 2017 How much: 20% bonus when converting hotel points into 2500-99,000 miles 25% bonus when converting hotel points into 100,000-199,000 miles 30% bonus when converting hotel points into 200,000+ miles Which…

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Hours left to book Marriott / SPG before rates go up

  A quick reminder that Marriott and Starwood’s category changes go into effect at midnight hotel time tonight.  Some parts of the world have already passed midnight and are into March 7th. As such, hotels in those time zones should have switched categories (or will shortly). Recently, I reviewed the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Dorpshuis & Spa outside of Capetown, South Africa (pictured above).  That hotels is moving from Category 1 (7,500 points per night) to…

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Which card earns the most United miles per dollar? A surprising answer…

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In a recent post I considered whether it was foolish to use hotel cards for everyday spend.  I concluded that using the SPG card for everyday spend makes sense for many people.  Most other hotel cards only make sense under specific conditions. In response, a reader asked if he should put everyday spend on his SPG card or his Sapphire Reserve.  I said SPG.  Even though the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card earns 3X for travel…

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Protea Hotel Kruger Gate – a Marriott Rewards Sweet Spot

Long before discovering points and miles as a method to travel, my wife and I had a shared dream trip: a safari. I think it’s the child within — the chance to see lions and leopards and elephants in their natural habitats rekindles the amazement of seeing them on TV for the first time as kids. It’s hard to describe the difference between watching Animal Planet and finding those scenes play out in real life…

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The 150,000 point offer everyone should avoid

Last fall, Marriott began advertising a so-called 150,000 point offer for their Marriott Rewards Premier credit card.  The offer was so clearly inferior to the public 80K offer that I never even wrote about it.  To my surprise, I learned recently that Chase and Marriott are still trying to sucker people in with this offer… False Advertising? First I want to point out that this ad is terribly misleading.  It clearly says that you can…

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South African Wine Country on Marriott points: Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Dorpshuis & Spa

As Greg pointed out when introducing me, I am currently on a round-the-world trip — after all, we collect these miles and points with the intent to use them. I think Greg hit the nail on the head when he said that hoarding and cherry picking is the way to go.  I hoard various currencies and then look to maximize the value of my points through strategic redemption. I started this trip in South Africa, where I…

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