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Greg’s Travel Package Advice

With Marriott and SPG set to merge in August, I get questions every day regarding Travel Packages.  Should you book now or wait until later? And if you do book now, which package should you get? Marriott’s Travel Packages let you exchange Marriott Rewards points for a 7 night stay certificate plus a bunch of airline miles.  The best value packages are always the ones that return the most miles.  These offer such good value…

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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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Six ways to secure a Southwest Companion Pass without flying

If you want to be free to fly around the country (and slightly beyond), with a friend, the best deal around is the Southwest Companion Pass.  The deal is simple: earn 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year and you’ll get a Companion Pass valid for the rest of that year and all of the next year.  While the Companion Pass is valid, it can be used an unlimited number of times.  Simply book a…

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Analysis of Marriott Travel Packages: 5 Night vs. 7 Night

Marriott 7 Night Travel Packages

Last week I wrote “Marriott 5 Night Travel Packages exist, but they’re secret.”  5 night Marriott Travel Packages aren’t advertised.  They’re meant only for Marriott Vacation Club owners.  But, in some cases, Marriott Rewards representatives will let people book these packages anyway.  Based on the comments in the aforementioned post, it looks like Marriott representatives are more likely not to allow it unless you are a vacation owner.  Still, some people have been persistent and…

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Marriott 5 Night Travel Packages exist, but they’re secret.

Marriott 7 Night Travel Packages

UPDATE: Since this post was originally written, it has become increasingly difficult for those who are not Marriott Vacation Club owners to book 5 night packages. People still report success every now and then, but most report the inability to book these. I recently wrote up a comparison between Marriott’s Travel Packages and SPG’s Nights & Flights packages.  I found that both types of packages offer good value in specific circumstances.  One quibble I had…

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SPG Nights & Flights vs. Marriott Travel Packages

Marriott 7 Night Travel Packages

When Marriott announced their acquisition of Starwood Hotels, most SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) loyalists were not happy.  Where SPG is often regarded as one of (if not the) best loyalty programs, Marriott’s program is usually, at best, considered middle of the road.  In the post, “Hey Marriott: Here’s how to keep SPG loyalists loyal,” I argued that Marriott would have to make significant changes and generally bend over backwards to keep SPG enthusiasts from jumping…

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