How to Get the Most Out of Marriott Vacation Packages
For some people, planning a vacation can be almost as fun as the vacation itself. Others like to have their rentals, hotel stays, and entertainment purchased upfront. For the 148 million people who book their trips online each year, having ways to bundle and save money has increased the online travel game.
As websites like Expedia offer full-service online travel bookings, hotel brands have begun to offer their own bundles. Marriott vacation packages offer one-stop shopping for your hotel stay, rental car, and discounted flights.
To understand how these vacation packages work and what the perks are, continue reading this quick guide to everything Marriott.
Marriott Hotel and Air Package
When you purchase a hotel and air package with your Marriott Bonvoy account, you receive a certificate for a 7-night stay at a Marriott hotel and a specific amount of airline miles, determined by your chosen deal. You must use your 7 nights consecutively. If you check out early, there won’t be a refund of the nights you don’t use.
You don’t have to use your air miles with your hotel stay. They will come with an expiration date and blackout times, as they are determined by the airlines, so plan accordingly.
When you call Marriott to purchase your package, you won’t need to know specifically what hotel you will be staying at or the dates of your vacation. You will however need to know which of the 4 category hotels you plan to be staying at. Marriott consists of Luxury, Premium, Select, and Longer Stays.
Customize Your Stay
When you book a Marriott vacation package, you not only earn points while you book, but you can customize your vacation. Choose from hotel stays, rental cars, tours, activities, and entertainment all at once.
Marriott also offers themed vacations not only limited to destination trips but couple’s getaways as well. Keep an eye out for Marriott’s daily deals and last-minute weekend getaways. If your plans change, Marriott will also work with your to cancel or change your hotel, rental car, and activity packages.
If you are a club member, you can also bank, borrow or transfer points. You can read more here on how to borrow destinations club points.
Marriott Vacation Packages: When to Buy
The best deals on vacation packages tend to appear far in advance (more than 3 months) or last minute. Hotels and airlines are either opening up new flights or bookings for reservations or they are hurrying to fill current vacancies.
If you don’t have a specific date in mind for travel and are just looking for a vacation, the last few weeks of January and the first week of February offer the best deals, as most people vacationed or flew during the holidays.
Let This Be Your Year
If you’ve been holding off on booking one of the many Marriott vacation packages for you or your family, begin planning your vacation today. Watch the excitement build as you begin looking forward to your trip.
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