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Marriott offers 30K points to those who were travel-package hosed (Updated with Marriott Q&A)

Travel Certificate Downgrades Q&A I’ve asked Marriott the following questions about travel certificates and the ability to downgrade or cancel.  In a few cases we have answers from Marriott: Question: When will we really be able to attach certificates to reservations? It’s not working yet. Answer: “We are in the process of training thousands of associates on the new system and new policies. While most associates are fully up to speed, we expect the issues…

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Marriott Travel Packages: worst-case scenario

The Marriott Travel Package Conversion chart is out, and it isn’t very pretty. The outcome was pretty close to Greg’s worst-case scenario. While I had assumed that Marriott was refusing to tell us how the certificates would map because they intended an overly generous solution, the outcome wssn’t so generous at all: most people who didn’t attach a certificate before are actually losing value, and many could have paid less to get the same thing. It’s a…

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Betting again on top value Marriott travel packages. Analysis of the “no upgrades/downgrades” rule.

As Nick reported a few hours ago, Starwood Lurker IV, via Flyertalk, revealed new information about Marriott Travel Packages: Travel packages set to expire during the booking blackout period (you can not book unattached old Travel Packages certificates between August 18-September 18) can be extended upon request Members will still be able to cancel unused 7-night certificates and get points back at a reduced amount. After 8/18, certificates cannot be upgraded or downgraded, regardless of…

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The case against buying travel packages (even if you want airline miles)

I’ve written repeatedly recently about the value in buying Marriott travel packages before August 18th.  Yesterday, Nick joked with me that we’ve argued in favor of purchasing bottom-tier travel packages, mid-tier packages, and top-tier packages.  “The only side left is to argue against buying Marriott travel packages at all.” And, actually, there’s a very good reason to argue exactly that… even if you’re primarily interested in airline miles. If you buy a category 1-5 travel…

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A case for gambling on top tier travel packages

In the past couple of months I’ve presented quite a few theories regarding Marriott Travel Packages and the transition from the current program to the new merged Marriott / SPG program.  The issue is that stay certificates are based on hotel categories (higher categories cost more points) and there is no clear mapping from current categories to new categories.  Theories I’ve presented include: all certificates will be refunded for points back; certificates will be converted…

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Mapping old to new Marriott Travel Packages

Marriott travel packages are awards in which you exchange Marriott Rewards points for airline miles plus a 7 night stay certificate.  You do not have to book your actual stay right away.  These packages currently offer great value when you select the options that earn 120,000 airline miles (or 132,000 United miles).  On Saturday, though, the new combined Marriott / SPG program goes live and travel packages become a poor value. So… I’ve been encouraging everyone…

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Banking travel certificates for future luxury

I didn’t want to write yet another post about Marriott Travel Packages, but this continues to be a burning topic.  I just may have convinced a number of readers to jump on the last opportunity to buy these travel packages at great rates, and that there’s maybe a 60% chance that the result will be way better than expected. Following my own advice, I had already bought one travel package to add to the one…

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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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