Posted by Ric Garrido

This week I have been drafted as a surrogate first grade teacher for the last week of school. A couple of promotions and offers for free and discount points are out there to remember and consider.

Marriott Plus Points

Marriott has an offer where you can pick up 250 points per day, up to 2,000 points per every 30 days from now until November. This means remembering the deal for 8 days in a 30-day period maxes out the monthly offers.

I am terrible at remembering daily promotions. I received two emails this week that I had 250 points posted for 500 free points to my Marriott Rewards account for the Twitter and Facebook follow and like from last week.

It is still possible to pick up around 10,000 points with this offer.

Here is my post from last week on Marriott Plus Points social media promotion.

Daily Getaways leftovers 

I did not write about Best Western Rewards offer on Daily Getaways yesterday. $65 for 10,000 Best Western Rewards points is not that good of a deal, except for select hotels at the lower end of the rewards scale. I did not expect the packages to sell out. Best Western would be a better offer if they followed Marriott’s example and discounted their gift cards by 10%.

Still, there are plenty of Best Western hotels where the discount American Express payment rate of of $58.50 for 10,000 points will be a good discount. If driving the Pacific Coast Highways in California and Oregon this summer, the Best Western chain is one of the most prevalent hotel brands with properties directly on the coast looking out over the Pacific Ocean. I drive these roads regularly and Best Western has some of the best locations along the coast.

July to September room rates on the California coast are quite high.

Pismo Beach, California Best Western Plus Shorecliff Lodge is 32,000 points per night. Rates at this hotel are around $300 per night after tax.  

Wyndham Rewards is the leftover I consider the best deal with points available at $6 per 1,000 points or $5.40 with American Express payment. Forget the marketing for their brands. These offers are for points that can be used anyway you choose.

Many brands that I consider road trip hotels like Ramada Inn are typically 14,000 or 16,000 points per night. That is an $75 or $86 hotel night in hundreds of locations where the rates are going to be north of $100 per night.

Then there are Wyndham brand hotels, many at 30,000 points per night in places like NYC and Charleston, SC where I stayed at the Mills House. $162 to buy 30,000 points can save over $100 per night at many Wyndham hotels.

Both Best Western Rewards and Wyndham Rewards properties can be easily searched for award night price and availability.

2 Responses

  1. I did next round of facebook likes but did not receive email notifications this go round…..customer service says to wait and see what happens….think there may be issues with Marriott date constraints…..

  2. Same boat; second round of likes, no e-mails for days yet. I think they are really backlogged.

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