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Jun 18, 19, 11:37 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

I booked our Reef Villa on points one year out...

I booked our Reef Villa on points one year out for February 2020. We considered a paid upgrade but the Reef Villa seemed to be a great room for free, and as a Titanium I was hoping for an upgrade....
Jun 18, 19, 11:21 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

We have a points booking for 7 nights next...

We have a points booking for 7 nights next February. I have not seen any charges or holds to my credit card but I was wondering if it was eventually coming. At another St.Regis I had a similar...
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Posted By mharlan100

I have seen a few points redemption dates come...

I have seen a few points redemption dates come and go, usually on short notice a week or two out. Nothing much further and I understand they are only available up to about 4 months in advance.

My...
Apr 4, 19, 9:23 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

In my experience, most days have some...

In my experience, most days have some availability for cash plus points. I just checked again. For example, I was able to see that in March of 2020 that the 6th and 7th are available on points only....
Mar 27, 19, 2:09 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

Search on the Marriott website, not the app. When...

Search on the Marriott website, not the app. When you search, be sure to check the box for "Use Points". Under the dates selection, choose "Flexible Dates" and a select a month. This will show all...
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Posted By mharlan100

Thanks for the clarification. Even that seems...

Thanks for the clarification. Even that seems like a good deal!
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Posted By mharlan100

That sounds amazing! We will by trying to score a...

That sounds amazing! We will by trying to score a few free nights when availability posts. Is 60k points a standard upgrade to the Brando suite? I wonder if cash is an option and how much?
Feb 28, 19, 8:39 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

We managed to snag 7 nights on points in the...

We managed to snag 7 nights on points in the reefside base villa for next February. I'm stoked that we managed to not have to pay any cash. I agree this villa looks awesome and the private pool would...
Jan 5, 19, 11:44 am
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Posted By mharlan100

Yes, and it's been that way for a couple of weeks...

Yes, and it's been that way for a couple of weeks it seems. I've been checking daily. Something going on....
Dec 27, 18, 11:15 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

I've been following the available dates for a few...

I've been following the available dates for a few weeks now and availability seems sporadic at best. I'm sure many or all of them are getting snatched up, but I have yet to see the pattern for new...
Dec 16, 18, 8:22 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

Wow, 35 villas out of service. Just from looking...

Wow, 35 villas out of service. Just from looking at Google maps, it appears that is almost half of the property. I would imagine that upgrade opportunities would be few with that going on.

I...
Dec 15, 18, 3:41 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

I've been wondering this as well. I'm also...

I've been wondering this as well. I'm also wondering if there have been any Platinum/PP upgrades to the mountain view if paying cash plus 60k points for the cheapest overwater bungalow.
Dec 15, 18, 3:34 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

Thanks for the video! It seems like a great deal...

Thanks for the video! It seems like a great deal for 60k points/night. Did you have any nights overwater? Any thoughts about whether a paid or points upgrade would have been worth it?
Jul 8, 18, 7:39 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

Unfortunately, you only get one "dinner" per day....

Unfortunately, you only get one "dinner" per day. So you will have to choose one of the two options (or three if it's BBQ night). They do keep track as you have to sign your ticket at the end of each...
Apr 13, 18, 9:47 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

My wife and I just went in March. We also paid...

My wife and I just went in March. We also paid for all 6 nights on points with 3 nights cash upgrade to park water villa. We did the all-inclusive package for ~$250 pp/day. While that is expensive,...
Mar 27, 18, 11:43 am
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Posted By mharlan100

The staff sprays for mosquitos twice per day so...

The staff sprays for mosquitos twice per day so we did not see many. However, one night my wife did get bit by a few during dinner at The Grill. That was the only time we saw any.
Mar 22, 18, 11:08 am
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Posted By mharlan100

We just returned from there and I wondered the...

We just returned from there and I wondered the same thing on our trip. If you search the internet on the topic of tipping, you will find many opinions. A lot of them are written with anger directed...
Mar 11, 18, 10:27 am
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Posted By mharlan100

We have been here for a few days now as well and...

We have been here for a few days now as well and our stay has been excellent. It would be difficult to complain about much of anything. We started at park villa #2...
Jan 6, 18, 7:52 am
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Posted By mharlan100

All indications point that this is true. You...

All indications point that this is true. You cannot travel through the Middle East from Africa to North America on one award. There is one exception if you fly Qatar Airways and connect via Doha. Of...
Jan 3, 18, 8:46 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

That is unfortunate. If that window existed, that...

That is unfortunate. If that window existed, that is when I locked my travel down. I was watching and waiting for a couple of months before that when people were also having problems booking these...
Jan 3, 18, 7:24 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

New Zealand?

Did you ever try the New Zealand number to see if you would have any luck or where that routed you to?
Jan 1, 18, 2:47 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

Which Number to Call

I don't know if you are referring to me, but I did book first class round trip from JFK-AUH-MLE in late November. I've been following this forum for a few months and it seems like the only consistent...
Dec 19, 17, 9:34 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

Yes and No

It is true that you can place a hold for "5 days" according to my agent, however, based upon some previous conversations in this thread there was some difference of opinion as to when the 5 day hold...
Nov 20, 17, 8:44 pm
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Posted By mharlan100

Keep trying

I can confirm that I was only able to see flights from AUH-JFK-AUH when searching. Last week I was able to book First Class round trip flights originating at JFK for March 2018. US and Australian...
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