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 (or even better ratio with United).
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 -read the small print as last time Travel Package redemptions were excluded from the AA conversion bonus).
– 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.
– You can also purchase SPG Starpoints and convert them to Marriott Rewards points at 1:3 ratio. This option goes away once SPG program ceases to exist.
– You can redeposit unused hotel part of the Travel Package back to points and get something back (not a lot). Better to use it.
Here are the available Travel Packages:
United Airlines MileagePlus + 10% Bonus
Participating Airlines: Aeromexico, Air Canada*, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic
Participating Airlines: Aeroflot, Air China, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, ANA, Asia Miles, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA LifeMiles, China Eastern, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air SKYPASS, LAN, Lufthansa Miles & More, Multiplus, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Saudia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways Voyager, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines
Package 3 Southwest Airlines
Package 4 JetBlue
Points To Miles Conversion (Without Travel Package)
As is the cse with Travel Packages, Marriott has five separate “packages” for points to miles conversions. None of these make any sense.
(Aeromexico, Aeroplan (Air Canada), Alaska, American Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic)
If you would like to convert points to miles with these airlines, you would need 336,000 Marriott Rewards points to 120,000 airline miles where you only need 270,000 points when you issue Travel Package + you get one week at category 1 -5 hotels! Doesn’t make much sense, doe it?
Here’s My United Redemption:
United was offering up to 25,000 bonus miles for hotel to airline miles conversion back in 2016 and in 2017 too. I issued one Travel Package and got total of 157,000 MileagePlus 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).
I have burned all the Travel Packages that I have had sitting on my Marriott Rewards account (two for the JW Marriott Phu Quoc last year) and will issue new one when United has next points to miles conversion offer.