I have used all my points for free Hawaii stays so now I'm earning air miles for my stays at participating Marriott and Preferred Hotel
Group properties where you can earn double Mileage Plus miles at The Marriott Honolulu and the Kahalu hotel in
Honolulu and Turtle bay
Hawaii is Heaven! When I lived in China, I always tried to stop off on the way to the USA here at the Marriott Honolulu.
Hawaii is a great place to visit. My favorite places in Hawaii are in order from Best to Least favorite is as follows:
3. Big Island
The Marriotts in each of these locations are great. In the old days, I was upgraded to suites on every occassion. How come I feel if I go back, this will no longer be the norm.
We have a trip to Hawaii coming up in a couple of months and will be staying at the Waikiki Marriott (Oahu), the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort (Maui), the Waikaloa Beach Marriott Resort (Big Island), and then a night back on Oahu at the J. W. Ilihani before a late flight. I'll let you all know if we receive any platinum benefits.
We loved a Celebrity cruise to Alaska this past summer. We plan on going again soon (before the glaciers melt). Jerry, you're right about the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. We really enjoyed our stay there. It was so convenient to everything we wanted to do. Some cruise lines actually dock just across the street.
When we were worried last fall about a hurricane hitting Puerto Vallarta right before we got there, we found that TripAdvisor had a lot of people from that area, keeping everyone updated of the status. It was nice to get a lot of first hand reports I couldn't find on the weather or anywhere else. You might give that a try.