I have an option of Taj Voucher v/s Marriott but still it seems Taj is better for my Amex Plat Travel conversion as it is 1:1 ratio + I will get a 15K voucher for 3 lac spend made in Oct till 15 Nov
Do check the conversion ratio of a few properties before taking this bet, Taj is guaranteed INR ,conversion and Accor is also standard conversion. Variable conversion needs due diligence.
Yes it needs due diligence. I did and was able to fetch value of 1 Re/point+. However, you need to be flexible with dates - book the hotels before the flights. They are cancellable though, so I usually book 1-2 months in advance. Sometimes when I feel I wont be able to make it, I cancel and book further in advance.
Also, if you book 5 consecutive nights via points, you pay for 4 nights only. The lowest point night gets waived off.
Some hotels I found good deals on:
1. Westin Himalayas, Rishikesh
You get at 20k points / night instead of 35k INR. (Earlier it was 16.5k points and 40k INR.)
Personal opinion - the property is great for a calm and serence vacation with a good infinity pool and great view but this is away from rafting and all activities. It is in Narendra Nagar, a little uphill from Rishikesh. It is close to Dehradun airport but the taxi union wont let Ola / Uber hover nearby and local taxi will charge you 2k+. DM if you need any details about it.
2. JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa
23k points/ 26.5k INR
Property wise, I would rate it higher than Westin Rishikesh. However, it is not a touristy place and good for 1-2 days outing if you stay in Bangalore. Highly recommended for a staycation if you stay in/around Bangalore(and have Marriott points).
3. Le meridien KochiSee google maps for reviews. Booked but cancelled later as plans changed.
5.5k points / 9.5k INR
4. Artiste Kochi (recently opened hotel)
Planning to book
6k points/ 13k INR
5. 4 point by Sheraton Bengaluru,
Good hotel, only in case you are visting Bangalore and want to stay around Whitefield area
Couple of Properties in Agra, Indore, Surat, Chennai - available at 5-6k point per night.
In case you are transferring for self use, check for your use-case if you see a good place and then only do the conversion.