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    • #116
      StevenTing
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      This is a new program for Marriott which apparently just started today.  I called to find out more details but the VOA didn't know too much. She did say the point values do change from day to day, just like regular airline tickets.  Once booked, there are no cancelation fees, and there is no insurance available.  The website says you can pay all with points, or with a combination of points and cash, with minimum points of 500.If you haven't seen it yet, it's under the Explorer Collection.  They've actually added some other cool stuff under the Driving section.So if anyone ends up booking a flight using this, I'd love to find out what the exchange ratio is with regard to the points.  I bet it'll be something like .25 to .30 per point.  My guess is that a $300 flight will require 1000 points or something similar.

    • #561
      Disney Marriott
      Participant

      I'm so happy to have something to contribute, and not just be asking a question ! 🙂I just looked into this for flights for my family of 3.  We want a Charlotte to Phoenix, with a San Francisco to Charlotte return.  Booking through American Airlines would cost us $1,278.30.With using points, there are several factors.  You cannot book mulitple destinations like we need.  You can only book round trip or one way flights then to fit our needs.Also, for each flight, there is a $10 service charge per person.for the 1st leg, Charlotte to Phoenix, it would cost us 1500 points, additional cash outlay of $40.40 and fees of $30.00.the 2nd leg, San Francisco to Charlotte would be 2500 points, no additional cash, fees of $30.00.So all in all, 4000 points, plus approx $100 cash outlay.We will not be using the points option this time around.

    • #562
      chunkygal
      Participant

      this will be interesting to see how this pans outs

    • #563
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      The going rate seems to be like .30 per point.  Based on that it seems like it would be better to just rent your points to someone else for like .40 and above and then use the cash to book your own flight.  This way you get the airline mines and can add insurance if you want.  --Sent using Tapatalk

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