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is the 90k SPG points to marriott 270k to 7 nights at a category 1-5 + 132k united miles worth it? thinking on some trips to either UK or Singapore/Japan. Wondering if there's a better approach

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Japan is much better value. Marriott/spg are horrible redemption in europe. Dont believe the list prices either- youre paying a huge premium for the brand and can do better with local hotels. That being said, asia usually has fantastic service- courtyard service in japan will feel like JW.

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Oh that’s a very good deal! But staying at one hotel for 7 nights is too long for me!

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Yes, great for beach vacation, or a regional excursion (stay at one place but explore a bunch of surrounding places) I used one for Nice France and my wife and I drank our way all up and down the Côte d'Azur. Amazing value for the points

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Definitely not for U.K. I’d pick the hotel you want to stay at first then choose package that fits. You can get away with Cat 1-5 in Southeast Asia, but most more western cities you’ll have to go up to cat 7-9 if you don’t want to stay at a spring hill

To answer your actual question, the packages are a fantastic value. SPG points transfer at 1:1 normally, so you getting more united points than a direct transfer (including the 5k bonus per 20k) plus a basically free 1 week stay. Besides the cost to upgrade the hotel category isn’t that much.

I don’t understand how this works. How to book the package? And does it mean I will get 132k miles or I need to have that miles in my account for the package ?

You need 270k mariott points and you exchange those for 132k united miles and a 7 night hotel certificate

You don’t have to use the hotel voucher and airlines miles on the same trip. The voucher is good for a year and the miles are available in you airline account pretty quickly.

But I have to use the voucher for the same property for 7 consecutive nights? ?

One thing to add on this. If you want the miles now and can figure out the specific hotel later, you can choose a category 1-5 package and always adjust it later to a higher category package for the equivalent amount of points. One year expiration limit on the 7 night package also resets if you change to a higher tier

is this deal going away after the official merging of accounts for SPG/Marriott in aug??

also thank you everyone for all the insight!

I hope it doesn’t. If so I’m burning all my points on a few of these now. I haven’t heard or seen anything specific on it.

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