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I recently devoted a few posts to the Marriott Rewards program including a post on how to get 12 award nights from that one sign-up bonus. Of course to get 12 nights out of 80,000 points, you will be looking at the lower category properties, which will work great for some people, but not for others
Today I looked at the opposite end of the spectrum, and want to focus on some of the upper category Marriott properties in the United States that really call out to me as somewhere I would enjoy visiting. The higher category properties are often pretty pricey, at least during peak nights/seasons, so that can make them great candidates for using points from the co-branded credit card instead of cash.
Here are seven Marriott properties in the United States that look great and that I would love to visit using points. These are all Category 8 and 9 properties that regularly go for 40,000 – 45,000 points per night, but remember that if you stay for five nights on points then the 5th night is free. Also keep in mind that if any of these properties become available via PointSavers that will drop the price 5,000 points per night.
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Maui
This resort is a Category 8 property that goes for 40,000 points per night for up to four people in a room with one king or two queen beds. The hotel has a water slide, child’s pool, is close to Wailea and Ulua beaches, and looks like a great spot for a family vacation.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach
This Category 8 property is located on the beach in Fort Lauderdale and not far from the Florida Everglades. The resort has a beautiful pool and children’s club for kids ages 5 – 12.
Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge Breckenridge
This Vacation Club property is close to great skiing and goes for 40,000 points per night in a standard studio suite with a queen bed and sofa bed that sleeps 4. However, if you need more space you can spend 45,000 points per night and get a one-bedroom villa that is rated for 6 people with two bathrooms, a kitchen, two sofa beds, and a separate bedroom.
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
This property is calling to me (in my dreams) right now as I’m up at night with diapers and feedings as a great spot for a future adults-only getaway. It is in wine country, has a spa, poolside service, and more… What else could you ask for?
JW Marriott Essex House NYC:
This iconic NYC hotel has been around since the 1930’s and is located on Central Park South in NYC. It goes for 45,000 points per night for standard rooms with a king or queen bed.
If you need more space, family suites are available for 45,000 points + $200 per night. That may sound like a hefty co-pay, but suites are often tough on the budget in NYC so this could be a good way to get extra space at a somewhat reasonable rate.
Marriott Stanton South Beach
Another Marriott property that screams “adults-only weekend” to me is the Marriott Stanton on South Beach in Miami as it has infinity pools, is close to the beach, and looks like a swanky joint. It is a Category 9 property that runs 45,000 points per night.
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
This property is just 150 yards from a gondola at the base of Vail, which is great for skiing families who value convenience. Cash prices at ski resorts can get crazy during the winter, so I love the idea of using 45,000 points instead of hundreds of dollars.
What Marriott properties in the US do you enjoy using your points at?
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