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These are awesome.

By now you’ve seen lots of people saying “OMG, buy Marriott Points on sale”, and you might be wondering why you should care.

You’ll soon know why. Marriott Bonvoy points are far from your run of the mill hotel points, which may or may not help get you a free stay sometime down the road. These points are arguably the best tool on the market for unlocking incredible, luxury flying experiences for less cash and fewer points. Here are a few of the things buying Marriott Bonvoy Points can do for you.

an airplane with a bed and a deskIndia To Southeast Asia In JAL Business Class, With Free Tokyo Stopover – Or Vice Versa

Vacation time is priceless, so seeing three amazing destinations like Singapore, Tokyo and Delhi in one trip, for just 60,000 Marriott Points is crazy.

You can start in either Southeast Asia or India, and score a free stopover in Tokyo for a nice side trip, as long as you like in between. At just 60,000 Marriott points, which you’ll transfer to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan (full details here) you’re getting about 15 hours of flat bed business class on Japan Airlines for just about $500.

Maybe start in Singapore, stop over in Tokyo for a few days and then finish in Delhi?

Marriott Points Needed: 60,000 Points for $455.

Link With How To Book: Here.

two glasses of wine on a tray by a windowEurope to North America In Lufthansa First Class – Or Vice Versa

If Lufthansa First Class isn’t good enough, you’ll just have to exclusively fly private. Lufthansa First is one of the very best experiences in the sky, with private Porsche transfers to the plane when flying out of Frankfurt!

For just 120,000 Marriott points, you can unlock the best trick to book Lufthansa First, thanks to a 5,000 point bonus for every 60,000 points you transfer (details here). This is surprisingly easy to book.

Marriott Points Needed: You can buy 120,000 Marriott Points for $682. Taxes can run an additional $200. If you need 40,000 create a household account.

Link With How To Book: Here.

an airplane seat with a seat beltSoutheast Asia To Australia In Cathay Pacific Business Class- Or Vice Versa

They may not sound far apart, but flights between Australia and Hong Kong aren’t exactly short. These flights can last 10+ hours, and with most of them being overnight, having a bed makes an extreme difference in comfort and happiness level.

You can use just 75,000 Marriott Points to unlock a great points redemption, once again via Alaska Mileage Plan (full details). Cathay Pacific flies an awesome Airbus A350 between Hong Kong, Perth and Melbourne, giving you two brilliant options in either direction.

Buying Alaska Miles often works out cheaper, FYI.

Marriott Points Needed: 75,000 Points for $580.

Link With How To Book: Here.

a bed in an airplaneEurope To Middle East In Etihad First Class Apartments – Or Vice Versa

You can fly Etihad’s First Class Apartment between select European cities and Abu Dhabi for just 62,500 points one way. There aren’t too many times you can say you’ve had an apartment on a plane, with a privacy door and took a shower, too.

Marriott Points Needed: You just need to buy 120,000 Points for $682.  Taxes will add another $200. The more points you already have, the better.

Link With How To Book: Here.

a seat with a stack of towels on itU.S. To South America In United Business Class – Or Vice Vera

US to South America can often be one of the priciest business class tickets. Or… you can use just 90,000 Marriott Points (again) transferred to Asiana to unlock one way business class on United Airlines. Many of these flights offer more than 9 hours of flight time, allowing you to enjoy full comfort and service. You can’t ask for much more fun than Rio De Janeiro or Buenos Aires!

Marriott Points Needed: 120,000 Points for $682.

Link With How To Book: Here.

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Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Everytime you post an article with examples like these above, I end up staying up til 3am researching how to make it happen. Thanks for helping all your readers out. I’m the grateful!

  2. Gilbert, do you have want good ideas for using purchased SPG (or similar) to get J (or even PE) Ex-EU to Australia with about 6 months notice? I’ve used lots of good deals for paid flights (sake fare etc) but never actually had to hunt for a more complex award flight and I’m struggling to work out where to start (only award flight I’ve done is Virgins recent deal for redemptions LHR to MIA)!

    I’ve got a reasonable quantity of AA miles but am trying to keep hold of them for now unless absolutely necessary as I don’t have enough for 2 pax return to aus so I was going to save them for Etihad first apparments for just me another time (in theory)!


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