I was looking at a Punta Islita for a future stay a travel package. I have a Category 5 package and was planning to add the necessary points to book the Category 8 resort. However, I am somewhat baffled by the "prepay in full" designation for a point stay. Usually, the heading is simply Marriott Rewards Redemption where one makes the reservation and then calls Marriott Rewards to upgrade and apply the package.
My impression is that I would have to do a dummy booking to determine if the desired dates are available for points, and then call Marriott Rewards to both make the reservation and up-grade the package with points.
Has anyone had any experience with a "prepay in full" rewards reservation such as I am considering?