After months of speculation, I finally rolled the dice on some travel packages as we’re going down to the wire. These amazing packages will be discontinued tomorrow.
- I redeemed for a 5 night category 9 travel package for 345K Marriott points rather than the standard 7 night package for 390K points. I rarely stay in a hotel for 7 nights, so although the savings is just 45K Marriott points, I took this route when I found an agent willing to sell me a 5 night package. Most agents will only sell this package to Marriott timeshare
suckersowners. My analysis shows that category 9 certificates are likely to map to a category 6 hotel or a value of about 50K points per night. However I also attached my category 9 certificate to a stay next July at the Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection. That property will skyrocket from a current category 9 currently costing 45K points per night to a unified category 8 which will cost 60K points per night in August and then 85K points per night next February. It will remain valid for my stay, but what will happen if I want to change the dates or change to another hotel? I rolled the dice and will hope that just maybe Marriott will go with the long-shot, option 5, and will allow it to be used at any category 8 property. This is certainly a long shot and I’m not counting on that happening, but even at a category 6 there are lots of great properties to choose from, including several great options in Israel.
- I “split” a tier 1-3 package (420K Marriott points) and a tier 4-5 package (540K Marriott points) with my brother-in-law. Neither of us are likely to stay 7 nights in one hotel and you can’t buy a 5 night travel package for the Ritz tier packages which are likely to map to the best hotels. My brother-in-law redeemed for a tier 1-3 package and I redeemed for a tier 4-5 package. The plan would be for him to use part of the tier 1-3 hotel stay and part of the tier 4-5 hotel stay while I’d use part of that same tier 1-3 hotel stay and part of that same tier 4-5 hotel stay. That will take some coordination to happen, but that way we can also hedge our bets based on how Marriott maps the old tiers to the new categories. My guess is that the tier 1-3 certificate will be good for hotels that are a unified category 7 or about 60K points per night. That would mean if we book a stay with that certificate by January that it should be valid in any SPG or Marriott hotel. My guess is that the tier 4-5 certificate will be good for hotels that are a unified category 8 or about 85K points per night. That would mean we would have more time to book a stay in any SPG or Marriott hotel and it would work even after January when category 8 properties go up from 60K points per night to 70K-100K points per night. We attached the tier 1-3 certificate to the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, which will become a category 7 property and we attached the tier 4-5 certificate to the Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour which will become a category 8 property.
As for the miles, I chose 120K Alaska over the 132K United. I love my United miles, but they’re so easy to earn thanks to the Chase quadfecta, so Alaska was an easy choice.
Of course if you just want the miles at an amazing rate and a less expensive hotel stay you can book a category 1-5 certificate and attach it to the Calgary Airport Marriott as that hotel will be a unified category 5 hotel and you might just luck out and have your certificate remain valid for a category 5 hotel. Just be prepared for questions about why you’re spending a week in an airport hotel like DDF reader “zow” encountered 😀
I don’t see any good reason to leave a certificate unattached to a hotel at this point.
You’ll get many more miles by buying a travel package that just transferring points into miles, read this comprehensive post for the exact numbers.
Are you buying travel packages before it’s too late? The new devalued certificates go for sale on Saturday.
- You must call Marriott at 800-321-7396 if you want to book a miles+nights travel package. They can’t be booked online.
- The miles will post within a few days of the transfer, regardless of when or if you use the 7 night certificate. You may also be able to pay to expedite the mileage posting.
- The 7 night electronic hotel certificate expires in 1 year, though Marriott currently will extend them for 1 additional year if you contact them.
- You don’t need to choose the hotel at the time of a nights+miles redemption.
- The certificate must be used at one property for 7 consecutive nights.
- You can have the certificate issued in anyone’s name.
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