I have a ton of Marriott points so my husband and I are on a 2 month trip around the US using points. Every night (unless staying with family or working) we will be in a different Marriott. Started last night....drove from our home in Tampa, FL. to Tucker, GA. When I told the front desk woman what we were doing, she gave us a suite! I don't think I have ever even seen one! Then when we came back from dinner a handwritten card was slipped under the door with a note wishing us a safe and wonderful travel experience. Nice touch!
Night two and we are in Burlington, NC. at a Courtyard. No suite tonight but a safe place with my points. This trip should show an interesting way to use point for us "road warrior".
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I bet you are excited to visit your granddaughter! What an exciting summer you have.
namastecare Your trip should be a wonderful experience. Please follow SeaTexan's guidance and keep us posted on your travels. [maybe I can figure out how to post pictures myself] Finding Marriott properties to stay in outside of urban areas where the business travelers are can be a challenge, but at least are much less expensive. When I can actually retire, I want to do a road trip like yours. I'm taking some in-laws on a tour of Colorado this summer and know there are few Marriott properties outside of Denver/Colorado Springs and ski resorts.
Second night in a Courtyard in Burlington, NC. cold and raining so we had dinner in the Bistro. Server Jessica was so lovely and such fun. We had a gin game and she cheered me on. I did lose but we women do stick together. We had a bottle of wine but no opener. Some courtyards do not let you bring your own wine to the Bistro but our new friend Jessica opened the bottle for us and gave us wine glasses. She made the stay very personal and special on night two. Staying with my son for the next several nights....he told me they did not take Marriott points!
Another two nights on our trip. Speaking for hospice in CT. staying at a Courtyard in Norwich, CT. I'm blending staying free with "if I work for you I stay in a Marriott". Nice people, hotel is in need of renovation. Dragged in on Thursday after speaking engagements in MD. then driving for 7 hours as we got caught in NY traffic. Exhausted when we checked in and the front desk person Harris gave me a special gift to welcome this exhausted traveler. Off to Boston.
namastecare Your travel adventure obviously has more meaning and purpose than just a vacation road trip, and your work for hospice care and Alzheimers is important and much appreciated. Thanks for sharing your trip with us and may God bless your ongoing service.
I did that last year with my 4 teenagers, redeeming a combination of Marriott and IHG points. At the beginnng and end of the trip while we were in Oakville, Toronto and Montreal the teens stayed with their Aunt, so it went like this:
1 night x1 room at Oakville Holiday Inn @15k/nt, total 15kIHG
2 nights x2 rooms (us+in-laws) at Oakville Holiday Inn @15k/rm/nt total 60kIHG
1 night x5 rooms (us+in-laws+teens+aunt) at Oakville Holiday Inn @15k/rm, total 75kIHG
2 nights x3 rooms (us+teens) at Ottawa Marriott @20k/rm/nt, total 120kMR
2 nights Cabins (us+teens) at Ausable Chasm USA, cash
1 night x3 rooms (us+teens) at Albany CY @20k/rm, total 60kMR
2 nights x2 rooms (us+teens) at NYC Marriott Marquis, total 180kMR
1 night x2 rooms (us+teens) at NYC Marriott Marquis, cash (much cheaper than weekend)
2 nights x3 rooms (us+teens) at DC Holiday Inn @35k/rm/nt, total 210kIHG
1 night x3 rooms (us+teens) at Selinsgrove HIX @5k/rm, total 15kIHG
2 nights family suite for 6 (us+teens) at Marriott Niagara Falls, cash (can't redeem points for big suites)
1 night x1 room at Oakville Fairfield Inn @10kMR
1 night x1 room at Toronto Eaton @35kMR
3 nights x1 room at Montreal Holiday Inn @25k/nt, total 75kIHG
3 nights x1 room at Oakville Holiday Inn @15k/nt, total 45kIHG
2 nights x2 rooms (us+in-laws) at Oakville Holiday Inn @15k/rm/nt, total 60kIHG
So I spent 555kIHG points and 405kMR points over a total of 44 room-nights during a 4-week vacation saving a total of $10,000!
This game is well worth the effort! Hope you enjoy your megatrip!
namastecare This is a fantastic multi-purpose trip! I do hope you are able to blog more about the adventures, share pictures, or a map of the route! This sounds like the summer of a lifetime! Safe travels!