2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2013 2:00 PM by lengeiger RSS

WOW: POPULR - New Marriott Points Shopping System?

ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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Curious, but has anyone else noticed the (new? improved? broadened?) Marriott points shopping system, under either AwardHQ or Populr ????  Did I miss an announcement about this? [SORRY if I missed this and I'm just behind the times....]  Have these types of incentives always been available?!?!??!?  (You can shop SkyMall too - Marriott Rewards Points | Redeem Marriott Rewards Points , but don't get distracted!!!)

 

In any event, if you haven't seen the offerings on Populr yet, I must say I'm impressed:

  • There are a host of intriguing, high-end options (e.g., over 500,000 points);
  • Once you get up into the big totals, say 800,000+ points, there are some show-stoppers, including:
    • Classic cars - yes, cars -, from 8-9 million points
    • Fishing boats from 3-5 millions points
    • A custom Harley Davidson or a Brazilian World Cup trip - over 2 million points
    • China and Hong Kong OR South African Safari OR India and Nepal trips - 2 million points
    • Monaco Grand Prix, Kentucky Derby, or Vegas Fight Night packages
    • Masters Golf Tourney, Italian Cooking Trip, Egypt Trip, NCAA Final Four, OR a Daytona 500 NASCAR package - at 1+ million points
    • The impressive Canon 5D Mark III camera with a 24-105 mm lens - 926,000 points (currently retails for around $4,000 and up)
    • Custom gowns, movie premiers, and even walk-on TV roles - from 500,000 to 900,000 points....

 

Check it out - shop by points here - Session Timeout - (no, I have no idea why that icon says "Session Timeout") start at 500,000 and go up....

 

Just one more reason that Marriott continues to earn my long-term loyalty.....

(For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: WOW: POPULR - New Marriott Points Shopping System?
    jkernitzki Platinum 2 Reviews
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    It's been there for a while now.  It certainly expands greatly on the SkyMall partnership & offerings, more along the lines of AMEX Rewards as far as the variety. But (there's always a but), the point exchange rate is pretty poor in general IMHO (averages about 0.4 cents per point), which is generally in the same range as SkyMall, maybe a tad lower.

     

    It reminds me of the Neiman-Marcus Xmas catalog (his & hers matching Mustangs, for example); a lot of extravagance available to a very small portion of members realistically. Still, it's fun to look.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: WOW: POPULR - New Marriott Points Shopping System?
    lengeiger Platinum
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    I was unaware of the change until last week when I ordered a new Club Glove travel golf bag from Populr.  A week later it's still "processing"  Everything I've ordered in the past, from iron sets to a Tag watch have arrived within 7 business days.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)