Million Mile Secrets reader, Bonnie, commented:
I used hotel points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air package and get the Southwest Companion Pass. Perhaps a post about getting the best value with the 7-night Marriott certificate would be helpful and give some ideas of where to book!
Great suggestion, Bonnie!
It sounds like Bonnie took advantage of a deal that won’t be around much longer! Until March 31, 2017, you can use 270,000 Marriott points to book a Southwest Hotel + Air package.
You have at least 12 months to redeem the 7-night hotel certificate. So you’ll have time to decide if you want to witness beautiful views of the Andes with a stay at the Courtyard Santiago Las Condes. Or leaf peep this autumn in beautiful Vermont with 7 nights at the Courtyard Middlebury.
I’ll share a few examples of Marriott hotels you can book with the 7-night certificate!
Marriott Hotels to Book With 7-Night Certificate
I’ve written a step-by-step guide to using Marriott or Starwood points to book a Hotel + Air package to get the Southwest Companion Pass.
Until March 31, 2017, you can redeem 270,000 Marriott points and book a Hotel + Air package. This will get you:
- 120,000 Southwest points
- A Southwest Companion Pass
- 7-night certificate to stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel
You can also redeem more Marriott points to stay at a higher category Marriott hotel. Or you can book the cheapest package now and save points to upgrade to a higher category hotel later.
When you book the Hotel + Air package, you do NOT have to pick the hotel on the same day. You’ll get a certificate for the hotel category you choose that’s valid for 1 year. It’s possible to extend the expiration date if you call Marriott.
But I recommend booking your stay as soon as possible. Because the hotel you choose must have 7 consecutive award nights available. So the longer you wait, the harder it might be to get the dates you want.
The best Marriott hotel to redeem the 7-night certificate depends on your travel plans. You’ll likely get the most value if you use it during peak travel times. For example, an early summer month stay near Disney World.
But I think the 7-night certificate is really just a bonus to getting the Companion Pass. Because no matter which hotel you choose, you’re likely to get at a stay worth at least $700+!
Here are a few hotels I think would be good for a week-long vacation.
Hotels in the US
1. Courtyard Middlebury
Middlebury, Vermont, is home to Middleburg College. You can stay in the area at the Courtyard Middlebury. Folks who like to hike and bike will enjoy the nearby trails.
TripAdvisor reviews mention this hotel is fantastic for those visiting in the fall to see the foliage along Route 7. And folks like the friendly staff!
A 7-night stay at this hotel in October 2017 costs ~$1,117. So using the Hotel + Air package certificate is a nice way to save on a trip to the Northeast!
2. Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Near Universal Orlando Resort
If you’re planning a trip to the Disney World area, you can stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Near Universal Orlando Resort. Nearby attractions include:
TripAdvisor reviews mention this hotel is in a convenient location. And there’s a delicious buffet breakfast!
A 7-night stay here in May 2017 costs ~$850. So you can use the savings from the 7-night certificate for entrance fees to Disney World!
Hotels in Mexico & South America
1. Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel
Using the 7-night certificate at this hotel save you ~$1,381 for sample dates I searched in June 2017.
2. Courtyard Santiago Las Condes
If you’d like to stay in an upscale neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, with beautiful views of the Andes, consider a 7-night stay at the Courtyard Santiago Las Condes. That’ll give you plenty of time for a day trip to a nearby vineyard!
This hotel ranks #10 on TripAdvisor out of all hotels in Santiago. Folks love the rooftop terrace!
A 7-night stay in July 2017 costs ~$1,037. So you’ll get nice savings using the 7-night certificate.
Hotels in Europe
1. Courtyard Paris Arcueil
Folks who like to shop can check out nearby Vache Noire, a large shopping center.
A stay at the hotel in June costs ~$900. Use the savings with the 7-night certificate to book a fare sale to Europe!
2. AC Hotel Carlton Madrid
If you’re starting out on a journey through Europe, you can spend your first week at the AC Hotel Carlton Madrid.
This hotel is a ~5 minute walk from the Atocha Railway Station, which connects to most parts of Europe. And there are many terrific restaurants nearby.
You’ll save ~$900 by using the 7-night certificate for a stay in June 2017.
Until March 31, 2017, you can use 270,000 Marriott points to book a Southwest Hotel + Air package. You’ll get the Southwest Companion Pass, 120,000 Southwest points, and a 7-night stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel
You can redeem the 7-night hotel certificate up to 12 months after booking a package. Keep in mind, it’s possible to extend the expiration date by calling Marriott.
You also have the option to use more Marriott points to upgrade to a higher category hotel.
Which hotel would you book with the 7-night certificate?