For week long vacations, especially if flying, Marriott Travel Packages are the way to go. In 2004, my wife and I were able to fly from New York to Honolulu, HI and stay at the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. We were able to fly free, stay free and get a free rental car for the week by using the Travel Package. The Ko Olina is an amazing place to stay. In 2009, we were able to go to Germany for Oktoberfest using the Travel Package and stayed at the . Again we were able to stay free, fly free and even upgraded to First Class and got a rental car for the week free all using Marriott points and the Travel Package. Our only expenses were the taxes on the rental car and of course meals. We got a 25% discount coupon on a Hertz car rental in each of the travel packages, however, we used points to get the entire weekly rental free and saved the coupon for use on shorter trips. I encourage everyone to give it a try.
Welcome to Insiders! Thanks for your sharing your experience with the Travel Packages. I totally agree that if you are making a week long stay somewhere that its a great use of Marriott Points. Even if your not flying you can certainly bank the miles for future use.
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II'm not a frequent flyer, but by tarting myself around the airlines for economy seats I'm able to fly very cheaply. Hence for me the travel plans miles don't make that much sense, but there's no denying that with travel plans you can easily get a 1:1 exchange MR POINTS-airline miles. That's a good exchange rate, no question.
ill never say never, I reckon they could fit in with my leisure plans and so one day could use the opportunity. For those who would pay biz/1st class fares there's no denying the value of the miles...