On a whim, we’re off to St. Louis. Where to stay? Downtown? Yes! The St. Louis Hotel, by Marriott Autograph collection. 35k points for a king room, check, done. Auto-upgrade? Yes, please. 1-Bedroom Junior Suite, with King Bed and walk out Balcony; if we must.
Ritz-Carlton, Marana Az. (Tucson)
Booked a room for 3 nights using 70,000 Marriott Points and a free night certificate. This place is a bargain at 35k points per night! The value of the Points and free night certificate is ~$945.
I checked the non-Points value to make sure that using points gives the better value…
Looks Good. ~$945 in Points to get $1249.74 in value. If you have the Amex Spg Luxury Card, you’re automatically Gold with Marriott. If you travel or spend enough, you can become Platinum. Either way, when you check in, you’re eligible for an Upgrade. I checked in and was upgraded.
~$945 in Points/free night certificate and now $3833.99 in value! Wow!
How did I earn the points? Spg Luxury card with 75,000 point sign up bonus. $450 year fee. WAIT! You get $300 of that back as a credit to pay a Marriott Hotel charge(s) and $250 of it back for airline incidentals (fly Delta and use it for gift cards to help pay for your flight). You also get a free night certificate and Marriott Gold status. Do the Math!
Apply for an American Express Card with this link. We can both get rewarded if you’re approved! http://refer.amex.us/MICHAmOzEI?xl=cp33