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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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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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