Don’t Fall Victim To The Marriott Le Meridien Maldives Hype Train
Ah the Maldives hype train, my old friend. It is rolling full steam ahead once again, all aboard! News broke a week ago about a new Marriott Le Meridien in the Maldives. New hotels popping up in the Maldives is not all that surprising but ones opening where you can use low end Marriott free night certificates is surprising for sure. Especially since so many of us are sitting on a stockpile of free night certificates from all hotel brands. Thankfully Marriott recently extended most of theirs.
Having said all of that, I see that Maldives hype train choo chooing back into action. I talked about the reasons why you will never see a Maldives trip report from me. I went into more detail on my thoughts in a follow up article, how influencers, social media and travel bloggers have skewed our perception of travel. Unfortunately I am seeing the same patterns happening again.
Stoking The Coals Of This Fire
There of course have been a slew of articles about the new development and the potential value, we covered the news ourselves. Then come the follow up articles and a deep dive into what you can get with a credit card free night or 5th night free etc. All of this has the potential to create some serious FOMO in readers and points and miles hobbyists. Because of that I figured I should get out my soapbox one more time and say, take a step back and evaluate.
There is no doubt that this can be a great deal. Using a free night certificate at an aspirational type of property, often earned for paying a sub $100 annual fee, is always the goal after all. But I want to make sure you are making the decision for the right reasons, for your own reasons.
Make Decisions Based On What Works For You!
Don’t fall victim to the hype and make a decision based on trying to keep up with the Jones’ or because a blogger said it offers amazing value. The Maldives have become this sort of miles and points badge of honor. You aren’t anything until you have been to the Maldives! I think a lot of that is because it was always a place exclusively for the rich and famous and most of us don’t fall into that category. But miles and points have once again opened the door to a place that is several rungs above our weight class. And because we are deal / value hunters we can’t resist that sweet sweet nectar that a Maldives redemption offers. The Instagram posts, website photos, and picturesque tweets don’t hurt either.
My main point here is to say, step back and evaluate this decision. If you were planning on going to the Maldives anyway then jump on this awesome deal for sure. If it was even on your radar and you want to bump up your timeline to get in before the category for this hotel inevitably gets increased, that makes sense. But if you want to book it solely because it is a good deal or because you have FOMO over this “great” opportunity, you may wanna take a beat and really consider this.
There Are Still A Lot Of Costs For This “Good” Deal
Remember that it will still take you a ton of miles, points and time to get there, not to mention an overly expensive 30 minute plane ride to the resort ($420 per person). Once you are there the prices of everything make a Las Vegas pool drink look cheap. So be sure you are doing this because you want to and not because a blog broke down the insane value you could get for the umpteenth time, or because everyone in a Facebook group or your chat group is booking etc.
There, I have said my peace. Hopefully I have offered a counter point that will have people step back and make sure the decision they are making is the best one for them. I know many of us have fallen victim to miles and points hype trains in the past, myself included, but hopefully we can learn from our previous mistakes.