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During Marriott’s “Week of Wonders” sale, they are offering a number of offers. There are two I think are worth some ink:

Up to 33% Off Award Stays

Marriott doesn’t explain this well (or really at all) on their promo page, but Gary at VFTW explains that what they are doing is offering 90% of their global properties at off-peak pricing.

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You can book from now through October 15th for stays through November 30th.

Are there some great deals to be had in this sale? Absolutely!

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless CardThe Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card has an insane limited time offer for 5 Free Nights (worth up to 50,000 Bonvoy points a night) when you spend $3,000 in 3 months. How to apply for this offer.

For example, you can stay at the W Maldives (Review) which is open to tourism now (with a negative COVID test) for 280,000 points for 5 nights.

W Maldives

You’ll pay the 70,000 points per night off-peak price for 4 nights and the 5th night is (always) free on award stays. That’s just a hair more than when SPG became part of Marriott and it would have been 240,000 points for 5 nights. (Just watch out for that seaplane cost!)


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If you are considering a stay, especially a 5 night stay at a higher end hotel, it’s worth a look for sure.

Free Night Award (up to 35,000 points) With 3 Night Stay At Marriott Homes and Villas

If you book a 3 night or longer stay with Marriott Homes and Villas by the end of 2020, you’ll get a Free Night Award (good for a hotel up to 35,000 points a night, the same as from most of the Marriott Bonvoy credit cards) but not that it’s only valid for 6 months.

I’ve personally never been able to find a rental on the site that was affordable. When I’ve tried, it’s been $700+ a night homes. But that’s just looking around by me. I have heard from others that they have rented from the site and you just need to compare against VRBO (where you can often find the exact same listing) to make sure you are getting a good deal. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s the same or even less.

I wouldn’t go too far out of my way on this one, but if you are in the market for a rental it absolutely makes sense to see if you can get the same or better price plus a free night. I’d assume you’d have little trouble redeeming the free night certificate for at least $200 in value, as I always do with my credit card certificates.


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