I am trying to find ways to redeem points other than vacation or free stays. Just found that there is significant difference in the following:
Gift card for Marriott: $1000 for 250,000 points
Instant redemption of points: $1000 for 190000 points
If the money is eventually going to Marriott, why is there a difference? Any comment on whether there is any advantage of one over the other? I am a business traveller and get reimbursed by business for hotel stay so trying to find best way to make some cash for points earned. Have plenty of points for vacation and travel so trying to find balance. Has anyone looked into what is the best value of using points other than free stay?