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Old 10-25-2003, 04:23 PM   #1
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Marriot vs. Starwood

Here's an interesting decision: I will be living in a hotel during the week for the next 45-50 weeks. How do I maximize my points, and with which program?

I have a choice between Sheraton (Starwood), Courtyard Marriot, or
Residence Inn Marriot, and I can switch between them. I have heard Starwood is a much better program. However, Marriot has a pretty good visa double points promotion thru Jan 31. Starwood also has a 2000 bonus point promotion thru the end of the year. In addition, I will likely try to get either a Marriot or Starwood credit card to boost my points.

Assumptions:
-Marriot visa double points thru Jan 31
-Starwood 2000 point bonus with 3 stays by Dec 31
-Either Marriot or Starwood credit card
-1 level of status
-Committing to 1 hotel for the next 45 weeks

Marriot Courtyard: 251,829 points
Marriot Residence Inn: 212,340 points
Combination of Courtyard and Residence Inn: 230,729
Starwood (Sheraton): 82,250 points

If I go Marriot, I may go with the combination (to maximize points but also enjoy the luxury of a kitchen and ability to leave belongings over the weekend)
Given that Starwood is a better program, which way should I go?
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Old 10-25-2003, 04:27 PM   #2
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woops...correction

Marriot Courtyard: 251,829 points
Marriot Residence Inn: 212,340 points
Combination of Courtyard and Residence Inn: 230,729
Starwood (Sheraton): 92,250 points (incl 10,000 credit card bonus)
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Old 10-25-2003, 05:19 PM   #3
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Why are you staying in a hotel during the week for nearly a year?
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