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We have 275,000+ Marriott reward points to spend - Where would you go?

We have 275,000+ Marriott reward points to spend - Where would you go?

Old Nov 21st, 2006, 12:01 PM
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Have you considered Australia? We used a similar amt. of points to go to Sydney, and it was a wonderful vacation. We also added a few weeks in New Zealand while there. The only thing is, summer is off season, though still do-able.
We absolutely LOVE Paris, though the area by the Marriott is not my favorite part of the city -- too touristy. And, the area by la Defense is the business area, also not the best choice for a visit.
I have heard that the Budapest Marriott was in a good location, and also very good. My daughter stayed at that location and was very happy with it.
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Old Nov 21st, 2006, 01:56 PM
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Wow, thank you for your responses! This is exactly what I am looking for - how to get the most out of our points. I'm also impressed with how creative you have been in planning your trips using your reward points.

We certainly have a lot of information to pour over this weekend. And I'm sure many questions will arise.

Over the years we have used well over a million reward points for family vacations - it's been great! This year has been a very busy travel year for my DH. Although I would rather have him home, this perk makes travel more available to us. Part of me would like to hold on to these rewards for when he retires, but that is a few years off and I would hate to risk loosing them.

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I suggest also posting your query on the flyertalk site, www.flyertalk.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=427.

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Paris on the Champs. Great hotel and location.

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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:37 PM
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I've tried several times to use my points at the Paris Marriott with no luck. I'm encouraged to learn some of you have been able to do it. I thought it would take 150% of the point value.

I used points twice to stay at the Courtyard in Neuilly (Paris). While it was pleasant, the location was not the best. Right on a bus line, but the bus only ran until 8 pm. It was nice, however, to stay in a residential neighborhood.

Many years ago I cashed in enough points for two airlines tickets and seven nights lodging at the Hong Kong Marriott. That was very nice.

The Amsterdam Marriott was comfortable, but just ordinary. We enjoyed the location.

The Athens Marriott was nice, but isolated. I mean really isolated. Not even a market or shop nearby. That was in 1990, so things may have changed.

I know you said you are not interested in London, but others reading this thread might be interested to know the Renaissance in London was great. I also stayed (in 1992) at the Marriott at Grovsner Square (I know I spelled that wrong) and I preferred the Renaissance.

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seetheworld - honestly I would not waste points on the Marbella - its a nice property, but the food and service are lacking in a huge way.
I would do one of the following -

My first choice is Renaissance Chancery Court in London, but the I re-read your post about not wanting the UK...

Marriott Capri (although if you were to do this, having never been to Italy, I would spend sometime in Rome too - the Marriott in Rome is very nice (grand flora)

Renaissance Vendome - Paris - very nice if Paris is your choice. My DH spent a week there and enjoyed it very much.

Renaissance Prague - I have good friends who spent a week there and loved the hotel.

GL !
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someone mentioned Sydny
We did not expect much ( visited in Sept)
but WOW ! What a place .
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The best VALUE use of your points is to take a Travel Package Award; 250,000 Marriott Rewards points gives you 7 free nights in a Category 6 Marriott-affiliated hotel, as well as 120,000 points credited to one of the following Frequent Flyer programs:

Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Mexicana, Northwest, United Air Lines, US Airways, Varig Brasil

More details may be found at the link below:

I redeemed 270,000 Marriott Rewards points three weeks ago, and my wife will be staying at the Renaissance Chancery Court (Category 7 property) for seven nights in March, while 120,000 points went in to my United Mileage Plus account (80,000 of which were redeemed to give my sister a business class ticket to come join my wife and me in Italy in October).

Enjoy your travels...!
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You should really look at some of the Marriott Rewards preimum packages. If you call them (I don't have the #) or find it on their website, they used to offer some really cool package deals at some exotic resort facilties. i.e. Kenya, South Pacific, Thailand, etc.

They also have packages where you can book multiple nights in different hotels for a flat points rate.

Example : Marriott is currently running a promtion for 245K points good for 7 nights at any category 6 hotel with 25% off up to an 8 day rent a car. Code A84

They have a lot of offers like this.

I would allow you to see more of Europe in really good hotels. Marriott in Europe is better than it is in the US (higher quality).


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We have stayed several times on points at the marriott in rome and loved it.

has anyone been to the marriott in portugal: Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort Obidos, Portugal ??????

DO NOT STAY AT THE MARRIOTT IN MILAN!!! seriously in need of remodeling and not as close to good shopping at it says. we checked in then switched hotels to the Carlton Baglioni. reasonable prices and very luxurious.
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I cashed in Marriott Points for airfare and a 7 night stay at the Marriott Paris Rive Gauche Hotel on Boulevard St. Jacques. I have never been there before so I will let you know. The Champs Elysee Marriott if FABULOUS!
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Last August I used by points for the Berlin Marriott which was great and the Vendome in Paris (had to use extra points for the Paris hotel) Both were great locations for sights and close to the train station. I don't recommend La Defense in Paris.

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Old Mar 5th, 2007, 06:05 PM
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Thanks so much for the continued feedback! It looks like Paris is a strong contender.
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Old Mar 18th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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Peslie, when will you be taking your trip?
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