Pretty much my only use of MR points is travel packages. Many great trips since first use in 2005.
Jan 2017, I was able to get 120K SWA RR points and two years of companion pass for my wife. Just before SWA changed policy to exclude hotel points toward the CP.
A few months ago we cashed in two more. Cat 9 seven night. Cat 5 five night. Got me 240K miles on AA.
Used those miles plus 40K more (280k total) this week for two biz class for our 25th Anniversary next year. JFK-AUH-MLE on Etihad Airways late March and returning April-10 nights total. Going to be a great trip. We HOPE to stay at the new JW opening there. However, they moved the opening date from November to January.
Really excited to visit this beautiful part of the planet!