Marriott Rewards Travel Packages (7 Night Hotel Reward + Up To 132,000 Airline Miles)

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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

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In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines.

You can access the Marriott Rewards Travel Packages website here.

Here are my Travel Packages tips:

– These are not available online – you have to call.

– The hotel award is valid for 12 months but can be extended by another 12 months at least once by contacting Marriott Rewards customer service.

– They are perfect for those that wish to stay 7 nights at the same hotel. However, the nights can’t be split and shorter stays will forfeit the excess nights.

– If all the nights are not available as awards, you can have paid nights in between. You need to contact Marriott Rewards customer service for this.

– Redeem for these when airlines are offering bonus points for hotel points conversions (at least United and American Airlines tend to do this yearly).

– Due to Marriott Rewards and United Airlines MileagePlus RewardsPlus partnership, you get 10% bonus when crediting the airline part to MileagePlus.

– You can later up your Travel Package to a higher category one by paying the difference in points. Always redeem at the category 1-5 level if not sure where you are going to use it.

– Remember that you can purchase 50,000 Marriott Rewards points every calendar year. You can use those to top up your account for a Travel Package redemption.

Here are the available Travel Packages:

United Airlines MileagePlus + 10% Bonus

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Package 1

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Package 2

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Package 3 Southwest Airlines

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Package 4 JetBlue TrueBlue & Virgin America Elevate

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The number of TrueBlue or Elevate points are limited to more traditional airline miles that are available on other packages. Remember that using TrueBlue and Elevate points for flights have a fixed value and the awards are priced dynamically. Both airlines do have partner airlines with a fixed number of miles required.

Points To Miles Conversion (Without Travel Package)

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You would need to use 336,000 Marriott Rewards Points (prorated) when redeeming for these 50,000 chunks to get 120,000 miles. Travel Package only requires 270,000 and you get 7 night category 1 – 5 award.

Here’s My United Redemption:

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United was offering up to 25,000 bonus miles for hotel to airline miles conversion earlier this year. I issued one Travel Package and got total of 157,000 MileagePlus miles.

I have done something similar with American Airlines when they were offering 20% bonus. AAdvantage history won’t go back more than 6 months so cannot get the graph for this. So, Travel Package award turned to 144,000 AAdvantage miles.

Conclusion

This is the way that I have always used my Marriott Rewards points, as I feel that it is the best bang for the buck. I always but the maximum number of Marriott Rewards points yearly to maximize the number of packages issued (and then convert with United and AA during promotions).

I do understand that it doesn’t fit for those that are unable to stay for 7 nights at the same property or feel that there is very little value in airline miles (really depends which airline program where you credit them to).

Right now I have three 7 night category 1 – 5 Travel Package rewards unused. Should find three nice properties where I could park myself for one week each.

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