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.
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
Package 3 Southwest Airlines
Package 4 JetBlue TrueBlue & Virgin America Elevate
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)
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:
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.
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.