I am evaluating rewards programs for credit cards and have some points with Mariott already. I have enough to book a few nights in europe already. What I'm finding is insane booking fees with hotels. Specifically, both hotels in Venice are asking for ~40k and upwards of 200E/nt!!!!
Am I doing something wrong? I mean the rack rate on these is not so bad that just paying out of pocket would make sense.
How can they justify such high redemption costs? Or is this like flying American to Europe on point, it's just something you don't do?