Every year during xmas week my family and I take an annual trip to the Caribbean using only miles and points, it’s a tradition that started over ten years ago. We switch islands every year and have almost run out of those islands where there is a major hotel chain allowing us to redeem hotel awards. This year we are off to Curacao and staying at the Marriott. For all the travel I had this year, I stayed at NO Marriott hotels at all. My stays have been mostly at SPG and Hyatt properties with a few Hilton nights thrown in as well. Hence, I only have Silver Marriott Elite status as do my family members (from their Chase Marriott Rewards cards). I’m not too upset as most Marriott Resorts are not required (and don’t) provide breakfast as a Gold/Platinum benefit and the Curacao Marriott has no club lounge anyway. However, as we are booked for the standard garden room, it would have been nice to have a chance at an ocean view room and free wifi (though it’s free in the lobby area). I did email reservations with a request for ocean view rooms, but without status and it being xmas week and all, I don’t have much hope for an upgrade. Could I have moved some of my travel over to Marriott the last few months, probably but I just didn’t feel it was worth it for the few benefits. Crazily, this will be my first hotel stay all year at a property where I do not have middle or top tier status…I know the travesty haha!! I’ll be updating the blog with our results.
Speaking of travesty , we are flying AA on coach awards (NYC-MIA-CUR), meaning no upgrades!
Anyway, I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable week. I’ll be sporadically posting and some of the Easy Points entries will appear throughout the week for any readers who may have missed out on some very easy points opportunities.
Update – As the The Weekly Flyer reminded me and posted about earlier in the week Marriott is still running their platinum challenge with immediate platinum status. The Frequent Miler also posted about his platinum challenge earlier in the week. I’ll be calling from Miami to request the match prior to arriving in Curacao. Hoping for the best!
Update - Got very lucky. Asked for the challenge during the layover in Miami and was told it would reflect at midnight MST. I notified the hotel but they had already upgraded us with just our silver status and a fully sold out hotel! At 11pm EST, the status is already showing as Platinum!