Just locked in a redemption. 50k points a night. Cash rate was 1,075 a night. Feeling like I did a good thing here.
Wow, what was the property at $1075 a night?
Now that’s a real proper redemption value right there, wannabeplatinumpremier at 2 US Cents per point! Where is it?
Great value, well done, especially post-merger. It seems the higher end properties have generally gone up in points required.
A week ago I would have answered "No, I've never topped that." But. . .
Right now, I'm halfway through a 5 night stay at Domes of Elounda in Crete. I booked it pre-merger at 45,000 points per night and got the fifth free bringing the total to 36,000 per night. I got upgraded to a two bedroom Suite with a jacuzzi on the balcony (in addition to the one in the Master Bath). This room is perfect for my wife and I and the 3 kids and commands over 950 Euros a night this time of year. However, the reservation was for a 1 bedroom with jacuzzi before the upgrade averaging 660 Euros, and I suppose if I paid cash, I would have still gotten the upgrade. Either way, by far the best redemption value I've ever gotten and the only one of mine that beats your example (other than travel packages).
And wannabeplatinumpremier has thrown down the gauntlet! This is going to be a fun ride.
Based upon today's Euro to USD exchange rate (mid-Market 8/31) Gatorlitigator's current stay has USD value for redemption of $1101.91 to Wannabeplatinumpremier's $1075...a close call.
BUT, WOW, both are awesome!!!
That's a very nice redemption! Congratulations.
I love seeing points put to such good use. I have friends that spend their MR points with total disregard for redemption value. If they got 'em they use 'em.
I redemeded 180,000 points for a five-night stay in London at Marrtiott Grovesnor Square, before de merge. I am in doubt, this hotel costs around £ 250 a night. Do you think I've done well or I'm wasting my points. Thanks in advance
This face is not helping me. !!!!! wannabeplatinumpremier
I’ll try and be the straight guy to wannabeplatinumpremier!
I value a Marriott point at 1UScent, so 180,000 points should redeem at $1,800. With Grosvenor Sq costing £250/nt over 5 nights that’s £1250 which is ~$1,620 you’re just a little short, but not that much. If I had over 500,000 points I reckon I’d do it, if not, I’d probably hang fire and wait for a better opportunity. It’s not great value but it’s certainly not too shabby. And if you’re the type who only redeems full service in gateway cities or Resorts then in reality your points have certainly been devalued in the new scheme and I’d say it would be a keeper.
This is at Comso in Las Vegas. The City of wild rate jumps. Going on a very busy weekend. Will still get hit with the old resort fee, roll out bed fee, etc but points got me in the game at the property I want to be at, if I had to pay cash I'd be at a lower property. I'm sure the room is fine but its more a case of supply and demand that weekend.
Love the Cosmo!
I like the Cosmo too. Staying a week at Thanksgiving, only thing that I don't like is that table games don't give you identity points, so I play at the M life resorts.
I stayed in JWM in Kuala Lumpur early this year for 10 days with 120k points, as a PP Elite, got an upgraded to a one bedroom suite, including laundry, cost me $10/day for local tax, can't beat this one.
That is an awesome deal for 120K points....12,000 points per night and the room looks fabulous.
Funny that you started this thread. I just booked a redemption stay at the W South Beach, an all-suite property. It’s costing me 120K points for 2 nights for a room that would normally cost $2476.00 AAA Rate for those 2 nights!
And in 2019, a redemption there will go up to 85K points per night (standard), so I’m saving on the points, as well.
Hoping to get upgraded to a bigger suite
I forgot that I also spent 100K points for 2-nights in an Oceanfront room at The Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott that would otherwise cost $1332.
Best I have done is 280000 points for 5 night stay so 56000 per night where I was upgraded from a $1000/per night room one that is $1600 per night plus tax and service charge (13% for jut the service charge) so the 5 night stay would have been ~$10,000 (that's using package rate also). Also, have a booking this winter to ski for 144000 (beat both the increases in old rates last March and an increase with the new program in Aug) for 5 nights (~29,000 per night) for a room that goes for ~1000 per night.
And here I was feeling good about redeeming 60,000 points for an $850/night room at the Los Alcobas Napa Valley. But I upgraded us to a premium view room for an additional 20,000 points per night because I don't want to take chances as the property is VERY SMALL.
wannabeplatinumpremier, be sure to request a renovated room when you check in. I went this past May and had a DREADFUL experience with a tired, old room that wasn't working quite right and a number of other issues throughout my stay. Review coming soon.
Not sure if people are including taxes etc into their prices - I am, since they are unavoidable. I have a booking at the New York St Regis in November for 60k points and the equivalent inclusive cash rate is $1317.
Well, in that case, my $950/night room at the Los Alcobas actually comes out to $1,085/night.
8000 points for night (40k for 5 nights) = 350$ for night and 1750$ for 5 nights in hotel Ankara (Turkey). My best deal.
Very impressive! Great post.
Wow...All of you are all making some very impressive redemptions and return on investment for your rewards points!
I lucked out and got 10 nights at the Westin Whistler for 96k SPG points. That was before the Westin went up in category. I transferred my Marriott points over. This is during Christmas break and the rooms are going for 1275CAD/night. I don’t even know how many points I’d need for that same redemption right now
1275CAD=978USD! Not bad at all
I just tried the booking to see. 14363CAD. Wow. I’m so glad I booked it using points!
I think the best value of the points is in hotels of 1st and 2nd category.
A year ago I was in CourtYard Bremen (Germany) 5 days for 30,000 points, the normal price was about 600 EUR (currently 700 USD).
And next year I'm thinking of booking at CourtYard Basel (Switzerland) 5 days - 70,000 points, the normal price is 3423 CHF (3516 USD at the moment), the stay will be in the middle of August.
Top value at Marriott has always lain in categories 1, 2 and 9, plus Travel Packages (TP)
My best values of each type have been
A Cat 1 night at the Houston Brookhollow Courtyard at 7,500 points saving $190 - 2.5c/pt
A Cat 2 night at the Hamilton Residence Inn at 10,000 points saving $230 - 2.3c/pt
A Cat 9 weekend at the Paris Champs Elysees Marriott at 90,000 points saving $2,000 - 2.2c/pt
A Cat 9 TP transatlantic first class flight & 7/nts SoBe Marriott at 390,000 points saving $16,000 - 4.1c/pt
Note however that most of the value in the Travel Package was tied up in the vastly overpriced Easter airfare, and the very high hotel rates in Miami Beach over Easter too.
Interesting thread, this one!
I have made some great redemptions - not only hotel stays but others as well.
1. 2 courtside seats for 2017 US Open Earlier rounds at 165000 points - 1.5c / pt
2. 2 SPG suite seats for 2017 US Open Mens finals at 450300 points - not possible to calculate cash value as you can only book the whole suite and it starts at $90k without F&B.
3. 3 nights at JW Bangalore at 20k points / night - 2c/pt
4. 2 tickets for 2018 Wimbledon championships at 222500 points - cheapest cash value for tickets I found was £3200 so the value is 3.68 c / pt.
5. A 7 night TP at 270k points with AA miles - I redeemed those miles for a business class ticket for visiting family which would have cost about $7k. In addition I have a 7 night certificate which I am planning to use at a cat 4 property which usually goes at abour $250 / nt so 3.6 c/ pt.
6. A C+P stay at 15k points + $75 at Palacio del inka hotel in Cusco when cash rates were at $320 a night so 1.6 c / pt.
7. A C+P stay at 18k points + $110 at Tambo del inka resort in Peru when cash rates were at $500 per night so 2.36 C / pt.
The above reasons are why I love marriott - they have given me great opportunities to tick off items from my bucket list one by one without breaking bank. Also why I will continue to give my money within reason to Marriott.
the intense need to brag is giving Marriott plenty of insights as to where to next turn off the tap on great redemptions. here's the long list of people I advertise to about my great redemption rates: me, myself, I.
...of course Marriott could run the analytics themselves, but something tells me their IT department is busy.
I think the cat is out of the bag. Marriott has changed the redemption rates and the places where we would have seen the most value for our points have gone up quite a bit. There are still value redemptions but I feel that many of the ones that I redeemed at "value" are way too costly from a points perspective for me to do more than one or 2 dream redemptions in a while.
Wow, those are great redemptions! I redeemed 180,000 points for 5 nights in Cancun (4 plus one night free). Have to pay an extra $150/night for Club 91 for two of us. Based on the published rates I guess that works out to only about 1 cent per point.....
Now I feel like I wasted the points
craig59 - Don’t worry too much about your 1UScent redemption value, that is in fact the value I place on Marriott points. It’s important to realise this hairy chested brag-a-thon is just that. Most of us posting this on this thread have burned our way through millions of points each and I suspect this thread represents the very, very best spending of maybe 100 million points between those of us bragging on this page. It’s fun to brag!
Me, my brag is saving $2,420 by redeeming 107,500 points - out of the 3 million total I’ve spent. Yes, there is my 360,000 point travel package, but let’s be clear here - I wouldn’t have spent $16,000 on that vacation. I’d have gone somewhere cheaper, I’d have had to, I didn’t have $16,000 to spend on that vacation! TPs notionally produced outlandish values because peak time first and business class fares are outlandishly overpriced! It does well for a brag, but it’s not really worth that value if I wouldn’t pay it.
My other 2.5million points have redeemed, according to my records, at a more ordinary average of 1.2c per point! And I’m very happy with that, since that represents real values and real savings on rates I would actually have paid...
$1135 a night for 60K points ~ 3 night stay 180K points or $3405 redemption. I'm psyched!
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