nismoztuner

Booking direct vs Expedia Vs Vacation by Marriott

Discussion created by nismoztuner on Jul 25, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 26, 2016 by nismoztuner

**I have the Ritz Carlton Visa Card**

 

So im planing on taking my GF to San Juan, PR for our 1 year together and wanted to stay at Ritz Carlton or La concha but made up my mind to stay with Ritz (better customer service)... I also wanted to get club level at the Ritz Carlton but according to a CSA the dates i picked are already filled..The first rep when i called wasnt being helpful and kept telling me that i am not able to use the upgrade certificates in San Juan. Then hours later (felt bugged) i called again and the new rep told me that i can use them in san juan but not the reserve destination. but either way all club level spots were taken for my dates.


My booking options:

 

Booking Direct

Ritz $2,219.72

Airline $ 1,043.60

Total - $3263.32

 

Pros- get Marriott points and nights

Cons- too expensive compared to Expedia and even Vacations by Marriott

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Booking with Expedia

Airline and hotel (ritz)

Total $2632.53


Pro- Save $630 vs booking direct , Super cheap compared to Marriott and Vacations by Marriott

Con- no credit for nights nor much points.. but will get some points with my Ritz Card


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Booking with Vacations by Marriott

Ritz and airline

Total- 2890.15


Pros- Save $373.17 vs booking separately, $5,000 booking points (nothing more)

cons- Expedia is cheaper

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I wouldnt have cared about booking direct but the not being able to upgrade for club level is keeping me away from booking directly with marriott

 

What do you guys suggest?

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