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.

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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
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  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
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