July 29th, 2011

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American Express recently offered me (and a bunch of other bloggers) 150,000 Membership Rewards points if I used them to take a long weekend getaway. Immediately my mind started thinking about the British Airways and Delta 50% transfer bonuses, but I soon found out that I could only use the points if I used Pay With Points, which is an aspect of the Membership Rewards program I’ve never checked out before. Since I have a Platinum Card, those 150,000 points translate into $1,875, which is more than enough to cover my flight, hotel and some other costs for a 4-5 day long weekend trip.

While I was a little bit disappointed at first that I couldn’t transfer the points, I actually came around to the idea of Pay With Points because right now I am a little behind with my airline (Delta) and hotel (Starwood) elite status and when you use Pay With Points, the reservations you make count towards status.

So with that in mind, I want to go somewhere that Delta flies and that I can get a Starwood stay credit. I’ve gone to Europe a lot lately and I have a bunch of Asia/Australia travel coming up (more info on that later), so I want to go to the Caribbean/Latin/South America for my weekend trip and I need you all to help me decide.

I’m looking to take a really relaxing and fun trip to a place I’ve never been before. I came up with three ideas, so please vote on one of them in the comments section. Which destination would you most want me to experience and write about? I think all three can be interesting in their own ways and I’m excited to go where the majority of my readers want me to go.

American Express gave me a $100 American Express Gift Certificate to give out and I’m also going to throw in two VIP Memberships ($200 each). I’ll draw three winners from the comments from this thread – one entry per email address (I’ll use the address you use to comment to contact you about the prize.) You have until Monday August 1 at 11:59pm Eastern Time to submit your comment.

1) Destination: Vieques, Puerto Rico Hotel: W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island

2) Destination: Punta de Mita, Mexico Hotel: St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

3) Destination: Urubamba, Peru (outside of Cuzco and near Macchu Piccu) Hotel: Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado

I’ll be very happy to go to any of these places, so please vote below and let me know your thoughts! Once a destination is picked, I’ll highlight my plans and how I’ll use Amex points to make it all happen.

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