I have touched on this subject before, but wanted to do a standalone post because of how valuable I find this deal for people who have a ton of Marriott points.
Marriott offers something called flight and hotel packages. These can be incredibly useful and are something Brittany and I have used 3 times to get a ton of airline miles and a nice hotel stay. The minimum amount of points you need for 1 of these redemptions is 270,000 Marriott Rewards points. This will get you a chunk of airline miles (amount varies based on airline) and 7 nights at a category 1-5 Marriott hotel. I would recommend always redeeming for a category 1-5 package. I’ll explain later why that’s the case.
I would only do the Flight and Hotel package for United MileagePlus or one of the airlines in the Hotel and Air Package 1 or 3. The list below contains all of the programs in all of these categories and the miles/points you would receive.
- United: 132,000 miles
- American: 120,000 miles
- Aeromexico: 120,000 miles
- Air Canada: 120,00 miles
- Alaska Airlines: 120,000 miles
- British Airways: 120,000 Avios
- Copa Airlines: 120,000 miles
- Delta: 120,000 miles
- Frontier: 120,000 miles
- GOL: 120,000 miles
- Hawaiian: 120,000 miles
- Iberia: 120,000 Avios
- Virgin Atlantic: 120,000 miles
- Southwest Airlines: 120,000 rapid rewards points
I bolded the airlines that I personally consider the most valuable.
Marriott has a unique partnership with United that means you’ll receive more air miles with one of these deals as opposed to other airlines. As an added bonus, Marriott and United run a promotion a few times a year that gives you even more miles when transferring to United.
American miles are valuable because SPG is the only flexible points currency that transfers into them and SPG points are way harder to accumulate than the other flexible points currencies.
I find Air Canada Aeroplan miles extremely valuable. They have some of the best one-way business class tickets to most of Europe for only 55,000 miles per person. We used Aeroplan tickets to kick off our trip to fly with SAS in business to Europe. Aeroplan also has hotel transfer bonuses a few times a year in which they will give you additional Aeroplan miles when you transfer hotel points into Aeroplan miles. This makes the deal even sweeter.
Finally, I would recommend Alaska miles if you find yourself craving an awesome first class experience on either Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines. That will set you back 70,000 and 75,000 miles respectively. Cathay Pacific first class is what I am currently saving my Alaska miles for.
What if I can’t find a Marriott Category 1-5 hotel to stay at?
It’s no problem at all. You can simply call Marriott and upgrade your certificate into a higher level certificate. Brittany and I recently did this at the Marriott Brisbane. The Marriott Brisbane is a category 6 hotel. The difference in points for a category 1-5 package and category 6 package is 30,000 Marriott points. We simply called Marriott and payed the 30,000 points to upgrade our certificate to a category 6 certificate.
This is hands down one of the best uses of Marriott points. These packages are even more obtainable now that SPG points transfer to Marriott at a rate of 1:3. If traveling for business, hotel points often accumulate faster than airline miles. If you happen to stay at Marriotts, then this can be a way to earn some more airline miles so you can have some nice business/first class experiences. Luckily for us, this was the case. So far we have used these certificates to stay at a nice Marriott resort in Bali and at the Brisbane Marriott. Both were outstanding properties. Our third will be put to use in South America. Hopefully it will live up to our stays at the other Marriotts.
Have you redeemed for one of these packages before? What program did you transfer your miles into? Have any questions?