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Best use of my points (Air + Hotel)

TakW 86 78 December 30, 2015 at 08:28 PM in Travel (2)
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Last Edited by TakW December 30, 2015 at 09:01 PM
Hello.

I travel for work from time to time and have racked up some points. And i am trying to get a free vacation for 4 of us (me+Wife+2Yo+5Yo) to somewhere that has Pool/Beach/Sun using the points that i have.

We have been going to Punta Cana Paradisus Reserve for past 2 years, and we really like that type of setup.

Right now i have about 400k Marriott Points (Gold Member) and 188k AA Miles.

Side note, I am 900 points away from being a Gold on AA and the CSR called me today asked me to buy the points for $300 since i am very close to it. I refused. (Not sure if its wise - but i don't think its worth it)

Being a gold member in mariott chain, i can get into lounge access which means I can get free breakfast. And given that i want to use my points and get free hotel stay - free breakfast and the lounge access would be important since most lounges that i have been to offers light lunch / snack / dinner...

I read about Mariott Resort in Caribbean do not honor gold member for lounge/breakfast which i thought was strange.

Do you have any suggestion which Mariott Hotel In the US or Carribean/Mexico/Island (about 4 hours of flight time) is near Beach/Sun/Pool where we can go for about 10 days and using just the points? I am planning in May/June timeframe, but my days are quite flexible. Right now i have 4 Tickets on hold on AAdvantage from May 2 to May 12 for 4 of us, and that burnt 160k AA points, i have until Jan 4 to make a decision.

Or any other suggestion to make use of these points?

Thanks in advance.

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i refreshed the page, and i see a " -1" score and no reply.

Did i offend anyone by asking for suggestion/ways to get a free trip out what i have on hand?

Strange....
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You could probably do the Marriott Waikoloa on the big Island of Hawaii with those points...AA tix would probably be 45k RT each (maybe 35k if dates are right) and the hotel would be 35k points per night with the 5th night free
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