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New Marriott Travel Packages: a first glance

As you may have read this morning, Marriott has released its new program award charts. We now also have the new chart for Marriott Travel Packages (found here). There is definitely some devaluation here, though the packages are simpler, which represents a smaller devaluation for some airlines. Most people would be much better off redeeming for a Travel Package today, though the hits to travel packages probably don’t destroy their value in the future. Don’t misunderstand that: this is…

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Which airlines are best for Marriott Travel Packages?

Yesterday, Greg wrote about the potential for a huge win with Marriott Travel Packages. Of course, we don’t know that there will be a huge win — it’s just potential. Still, I know many readers are probably looking at these packages and wondering which airlines are the best transfer partners. While United offers the most miles at 132K with the largest (best-value) packages, they don’t necessarily offer the best value in terms of award pricing.…

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Potential huge win with Marriott Travel Packages before August

Marriott travel packages are awards in which you exchange Marriott Rewards points for airline miles plus a 7 night stay certificate (or a 5 night certificate for timeshare owners).  You do not have to book your actual stay right away.  You have a year to do so, and Marriott Rewards has been very generous about extending the validity of the certificate for another year when asked.  So, many of us will have 7 night certificates…

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Marriott Travel Package Arbitrage

In a post written over a year ago about the Marriott SPG merger (Investing in change: Marriott / SPG / Ritz new program opportunities) I wrote the following about Marriott Travel Packages: “there’s a chance that having an active 5 or 7 Night Stay certificate in-hand will be a big win.” My thinking was that the merger would open up the ability to use the Marriott stay certificates at Starwood properties. I also thought that…

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Why are Marriott Travel Packages a good deal?

We recently posted a quick deal because availability for the JW Marriott Phu Quoc is wide open for 2018, and we noted that it is a great option for a 7-night Marriott Travel Package. A reader later wrote to ask a question that comes up every now and then: Why are Marriott Travel Packages a good deal? More specifically, they asked: Why do you say the Marriott Travel Package is a really good deal? Seven nights…

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[Expired] 30% transfer bonus from Marriott to AA…probably not worth it

When we posted about the current Aeroplan transfer bonus earlier today, I was reminded that the Aeroplan transfer bonus isn’t the first time recently that Marriott Travel Packages have been excluded from a transfer bonus promotion. There is also a promotion going on to convert Marriott Rewards points to American Airlines AAdvantage miles that excludes travel packages. This bonus began on October 21st and runs through December 5th. While it is “old news”, we wanted…

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[Expired] Transfer bonus to United: 30%, more or less

Through November 30th, United is offering a transfer bonus on hotel points converted to United miles. The transfer bonus is being marketed as a 30% bonus, though in truth it’s 30%….or maybe more….or maybe less. The Deal A 30%-ish bonus on points-to-miles conversions from hotel points to United MileagePlus Maximum bonus is 25,000 miles Ends 11/30/17 Direct link to promotion Quick Thoughts If you’re like me, when you hear “transfer bonus on hotel points to airline miles”, the first 3…

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[Expired] Avios transfer bonus: solid use of SPG/Marriott points

Today through October 31, 2017, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus on transfers from hotel programs. This can be best maximized through Marriott Travel Packages. Alternatively, IHG Credit Card Holders who need to top up for a British Airways award might be interested in this promotion as well. Read on. The Deal Get 35% bonus Avios when converting hotel points to British Airways Avios through October 31, 2017 from the following hotel programs: Carlson Hotels Hilton Hotels Hyatt Hotels &…

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Upgrading Marriott Travel Packages

A couple of readers have recently reported problems with trying to upgrade their Marriott Travel Packages.  This is a quick post just to affirm that it can still be done.  I just did it.  And, as expected, upgrading or downgrading has the benefit of extending the expiration date of the certificate. If you’d like background on Marriott Travel Packages, please see: 12 things you need to know about Marriott Travel Packages. Starting from Category 1-5…

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