Help Me Decide On a Weekend Getaway With Membership Rewards Points

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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.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
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