Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. The beauty of SPG

Vacationing in Maui can be expensive especially if you like to stay at nice properties. Our trip back in March started in Honolulu which was a nice start to get over the jet lag by our eyes were set on Maui. 

I had been researching properties to book with points. The Wailea Beach Resort caught my eye given that it is a Marriott property and being the SPG point hungry guy that I am, I did not hesitate to book a 5 night stay.

Booking Wailea Beach Resort with SPG

A cash booking would run you $440 a night for a total of $2570.02 for a 5 night stay.

SPG Marriott award redemption

Obviously we don’t use cash around here 😉

SPG points can be transferred to Marriott at a generous rate of 1:3. Wailea beach resort costs 40,000 Marriott point/night. Given that a Marriott redemption allows you to book the fifth night for free, I only needed 160,000 Marriott points, or 53,333 points. (54,000 points since you can transfer in increments of 1000). SPG is currently offering a sign up bonus of 25,000 by applying for the SPG American Express card

I generated the 54,000 points by manufactured spending on my SPG personal card. The cost to generate points came out to $464.40!

Not a bad discount for a gorgeous property in paradise.

Wailea Marriott resort Maui booked with SPG points
View from our room

We got upgraded to a pool view king room. The staff was very accommodating and generally helpful. We did have to pay a $30/night resort fee (no way out of that even if it’s an award redemption)

How long did take you to generate the necessary SPG points?

I get this question a lot from people trying to gauge whether the savings are worth the time and effort. My answer is always the following: this is a hobby and it’s up to you figure that out. It took me five trips to the mall/Walmart for a total of five hours.

You can familiarize yourself with my manufactured spending techniques here



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