We're looking to use MRP for 7-day travel package for a 40th anniversary trip to Ireland. In reading some of the posts on travel packages, we assumed it to be a good deal in obtaining 1st class air tickets. After researching, we are wondering if our calculations are correct and are looking for input from experienced travel package users.
1. Looking to use United from Dulles to Dublin in Sept/Oct of 2015; first class tix for 2 ppl.
2. Preferred Marriott is a Category 8
3. 7-day Travel package for Cat 8 and 132,000 United airline miles would "cost" 360,000 MRP
4. Amt of United miles required to purchase (2) 1st class tix would be 600,000
Are we correct in our calculation that we would need to request (5) of the 7-day travel packages just to obtain enough air miles (600K) to get (2) 1st class tix on United to Dublin ? If our calculations are correct, we don't consider this to be the best use of our points.
Thank you in advance for your input !
Category 8 hotel for seven nights would cost you 240,000 points
(Cat. 8 = 40k per night -5 nights for 4 nights = 160,000 pts. plus last two nights 80k = 160k + 80k = 240k)
360k points - 240k points = 120k points for 132k miles a solid ratio trade of points for miles.
Some folks were fortunate enough to use those miles for two first/business class tickets. I, myself, had to add miles (IAD to BRU) even using Saver Awards 330 days out. As you have observed, it's much harder now to find two first class international flights for that price, so it's not so much the travel package changed to lose value, rather than the ability to finance first class tickets with the miles became more difficult, courtesy of the airlines (see the thread over to the right in the More Like This column, Time for Marriott to Up Miles - but don't hold our breath) . To me, 600k is the issue. Good luck.