13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2015 3:37 PM by riki53 RSS

Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?

clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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-I am thinking about redeeming 180,000 points for a four-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL (the beach property, not the golf resort).  This property is $979 per night on my selected dates, and I can get it for $899 a night with my ABA discount.  So, I'd be redeeming 45,000 points per night for a stay that would otherwise cost $899 per night.  I think this is probably a pretty good use of points?  I have tons of points and haven't really been redeeming many of them over the years.  Any advice?  If I don't redeem points at this property, I can redeem 75,000 for a 4-night stay at a SHS or FFI that's ordinarily $269/night.  I'd much rather be at the RC than SHS or FFI, so the point different for the RC seems worth it.  And I definitely don't feel like paying $899/night at RC or even $269 for FFI and SHS.  The RC is a beautiful property (of course!).  The FFI and SHS are nothing to write home about and really don't seem worth $269 or the points.  Thanks in advance!

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Location Brand Hotel
Naples, Florida, USA Fairfield Inn By Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Naples
Naples, Florida, USA SpringHill Suites By Marriott SpringHill Suites Naples
Naples, Florida, USA The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
  • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
    brightlybob Platinum 10 Reviews
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    A lot of people I've come across value Marriott points at about a cent per point, for me that is pretty much the minimum value I'd redeem at. It is certainly possible to get a much greater perceived return using travel packages and burning the miles element on a 1st or Biz class flight. Of course if youd never fly first or biz there is an argument that it's just perceived value!

     

    Its generally easier to redeem at the 1 cent plus figure in Europe, and over the past few years I've burned 250k points in London worth £3000, 250k in Paris worth €3,000, 120k in Moscow worth €1800 and 120k in Monaco saving €1500. However repeated category creep has made these values difficult to obtain now, and they're certainly tough to redeem at that kind of amount in the US. I'm planning a Roadtrip with the family burning 600k points in July visiting Ottawa, NYC, DC and Niagara and my redemption value is turning out at around 1-1.5UScents, depending upon destination.

     

    45,000 points ror a property priced at $899/night is returning 2 UScents per point and I reckon that's cracking value. I'd certainly redeem 180k points at those rates rate than pay the cash.

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    • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      I don't think that the number of points for a property changes based on seasonality so one would get more value booking in whatever hotel you want in their high season assuming they let you at all.

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      ndn Platinum
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      If you just wait long enough, the price may go up! Then you can feel even better about your redemption.    

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  • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
    randomname Platinum 7 Reviews
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    At most Marriott hotels you can stay 5 nights for the points for 4 nights.  e.g., the 5th night is free (no points required).

     

    Don't know if RC does this, but I would check the points required for 5 nights and see.

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  • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
    clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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    Thank you for the insight!  I totally forgot about the 5 for 4 deal, too.  I should have thought of that one when I booked the airfare   I am torn between hoarding points and spending them, but I'm not keen on paying $269 at a FFI, and $899 a night (even for a Ritz) is too rich for my blood! 

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  • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
    cktaymd Platinum
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    Clebert,

    We just returned from 3 nights at the Naples Ritz which cost us 180,000 points plus $50 per night upgrade to a gulf front balcony room.  As platinum members, we got a 1,000 bonus for staying there (no big deal, I know).  You will also be charged $28 per night for parking whether you valet or not.  The resort is right on the white sand gulf, I doubt the other hotels you are considering have that location type of location.  The beach chairs are free in front of the hotel and a "beach boy" helps you set them up (so you will probably want to tip him).  The resort is lovely and the service was impeccable.  I guess your question about whether it is "worth it" depends upon how many points you now have or whether you are saving up for a different, special trip.  I would say based upon our stay that it was worth the points to be on the beach - when it rained one day, we were still in a wonderful resort with many amenities.  Good luck with your decision.

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    • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
      clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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      Thank you!  I am leaning toward the RC.  Not really saving the points for anything and have been hoarding them for years!

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  • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
    2travelforever Platinum 1 Reviews
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    RC, if you have points, is the way to go.  Enjoy a wonderful, beautiful vacation.  Given the regular nightly cost, you got a wonderful deal.  Congrats!

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  • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    Why not just go down the road some and stay at Florida Resorts | Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa and depending on when you wish to visit could be a better value?

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  • Re: Is 180,000 for 4 nights at Naples RC a good deal?
    riki53 Gold
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    It will be a much better deal if you stay 5 nights.  That fifth night is free.  We did that at the London Marriott County Hall. 

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