And it is tempting. I have 350,000 Amex Points, I have 750,000 Marriot Points and I have 125,000 Southwest Points.
Lets Talk Amex... worth $4,900.00 with Bruce.... but i could have chosen a card that gives me 2% cash back with no annual fees, a card like this is a WAY HIGHER PAYOUT!!! I just can't do it. I am saving my points for vacations accross the oceans, but I don't see myself taking one for aleast two years or lets just say 8 years. I should be able to double my money in 8 years... so in 8 years I would have $9,800.00 But again, with inflation etc... I think the points is way more valuable.
They give almost nothing for my Marriott Points... like $6.00 for 10,000 points. But 10,000 give me one night free worth about $100.00.
Again, I don't see it being worth it to sell my SouthWest Points.
I just happened on R2C and thought the MR rate looked odd ("Marriott Rewards (unit of 10000) $5.00)". They don't do a very good job of explaining their rate. Their rate is per 1k not per 10k. Putting in 100k points and adding to checkout gives $500 or 1/2 cent per point. If you think about it, most 3-4 cat hotels are like $130-$150/night and 30k points - R2C is giving $150 for those 30k pts, so for all intents and purposes it's the same value in cash.
The value of MR points is very YMMV.... someone over here[marriott.com] did an evaluation for IL; granted this is likely highly weighted by Chicago, and it was in 2011. Their conclusion was around 1 cent/point, with a negative correlation with category (lower categories = higher cents/point). These other guys[nerdwallet.com] calculate around 0.84 cpp, but this is within the range of the first site. Again however, the price per night varies VERY WIDELY. for example, anecdotally, a Fairfield Inn in wichita I stay at frequently is a cat1 (yeah cat 1's exist, but it's very nice...) but is like $170/night on random days which doesn't even include all the BS taxes and whatnot.
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