I just came across a new article from "The Points Guy" who is a well known travel blogger and gives excellent advice on how to make the best use of different travel rewards programs. While he is not a fan of Marriott Rewards he recently discovered how valuable the Marriott Travel Packages can be.
In his article he describes how he made use of his Dad's rewards account and boosted up the point level to make use of a Category 8 travel package which includes 7 nights at a Category 8 hotel and 120,000 airline miles for 360,000 Marriott Points. He also describes how he chose Southwest Airlines over his preferred preference of United in order to score a Southwest Companion Pass he received from the 120,000 Southwest miles in the travel package . Once earned the Southwest Companion Pass allows the frequent flyer to receive free companion tickets for the remainder of the calendar year all the way through December of the following year. So if you were to earn the Southwest Companion in mid January of 2015 your companion could fly free with you through December 2016. If your able to make use of Southwest airlines it is a really sweet deal. Here is a link to the article:
tag: tker (Insider's Travel Package Expert) =)