I have signed up for the Chase Marriott card and received 50k point to use for redemptions. I see very few hotels below 40k points for redemption and the ones I am looking at are category 2 only. Is this typical that the sign up reward is realistically only good for one night or am I missing something?
chico7800 50,000 MRP will get you two nights in a category 5 hotel. (25,000 per night). If you have found category 2 hotels you wish to stay at, you are very lucky. Those cost 10,000 MRP per night, so will get you five nights with your bonus points. Unfortunately, most of the hotels I want to stay in are at least category 5.....
I typically stay in hotels that range from cat 4 on up, so I could probably get two nights for 50,000 and have something left over. I wouldn't, though.
Keep in mind, however, that when you stay 4 nights at a hotel (on points), a fifth nigh will be free. Therefore, the most efficient use of these points is to stay 5 nights and pay, in points, for four.
I have two trips planned, on points, this year and both will be for five night stays. In fact, I can't remember the last time I stayed fewer than five nights, on points.
It just makes sense to take advantage of a 20% discount!
I quite agree phctourist To me that is one of the best deals there is. All points redemptions for the Tommos are for 5 nights. My latest is for 5 nights in a Cat 7 for 140,000 points. I would say chico7800 that you will get a better deal if you hang on to those points, build them up, and then have a break of several nights
So true phctourist. I forgot about the 5 night packages. I have taken advantage of them, but mostly I'm squirreling points away to use in retirement.....when we have less money but more time to travel.
Just finished 5 days exploring in Suffolk, VA, for 24,000 points. Loved it! Newport News, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Smithfield - every day a new surprise. This is our 3rd free 5-day in the past 6 months AND those 15 days count towards our annual Elite Membership requirements (since November, 2015).
We haven't done this but I understand you can book future vacations even if you don't have the points now. Book b4 March 24th when categories change - or after when some Cat.2 hotels become Cat.1. C