Flight-Hotel Package Redemption Success

Discussion created by clebert on Jul 5, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 12, 2016 by clebert

I redeemed MR points for a flight-hotel package a few months ago when UA had a bonus promotion going on.  I called MR to book my certificate at Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay just now.  I was a little worried as the website said that this hotel had no availability for points during the time I need.  But the MR agent said it was no problem, and he booked my certificate right away with no questions asked.  It's now showing up on my account as a reservation.


So far so good with the flight-hotel package.  Rates during my week in Sydney run $499 AUD per night, so the certificate ended up saving us a lot of money on hotel costs.  While the UA miles won't get us all the way to Australia, they helped build on miles I already had saved.  Seems like a pretty great deal.


Now if Marriott only had a hotel or two in Cairns or near the Great Barrier Reef, I'd be set.  Have to use SPG star points for those as the merger won't be completed yet when I travel.


Any tips for Sydney would be appreciated!