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Time flies when you are at Disney, and I personally didn’t even realize tomorrow was March 5th until a few minutes ago. However, we should all be very aware of tomorrow’s date since March 5th is when both the Starwood annual category adjustments take place, and the new cash and points award chart go live. That means that cash and points reservations get more expensive across the board. In other words, lock some in today if you can! I have made several cash and points reservations for future travel (psst, the calendar goes out to September 2014 in some cases), and will be racking my brain to make sure that there isn’t another speculative reservation I need to make before the cost goes up tomorrow. Of course, cash and points availability isn’t fantastic, so that may not be possible.
As a refresher, here are the old and new cash and points rates. The old rates are the ones you can lock in through today, and the new rates go into effect tomorrow. On the plus side, starting tomorrow you can use cash and points for suites, if that better suits your travel needs.
Old Standard Room: 1,200 pts + $25
New Standard Room: 1,500 pts + $30
New Suites: 3,000 pts + $75
Old Standard Room: 1,600 pts + $30
New Standard Room: 2,000 pts + $35
New Suites: 4,000 pts + $95
Old Standard Room: 2,800 pts + $45
New Standard Room: 3,500 pts + 55
New Suites: 7,000 pts + $125
Old Standard Room: 4,000 pts + $60
New Standard Room: 5,000 pts + $75
New Suites: 10,000 pts + $175
Old Standard Room: 4,800 pts + $90
New Standard Room: 6,000 pts + $110
New Suites: 12,000 pts + $275
Old Standard Room: 8,000 pts + $150
New Standard Room: 10,000 pts + $180
New Suites: 20,000 pts + $450
Old Standard Room: 15,000 pts + $275
New Standard Room: 15,000 pts + $275
New Suites: 30,000 pts + $625
One of the hotels I booked on a cash and points rate for later this year is the Moana Surfrider Waikiki. As of right this second it a a Category 5 hotel that costs 4,800 points + $90 per night on a cash and points reservation. Tomorrow it will be a Category 6 hotel that costs a whooping 10,000 points + $180 per night since it is hit by both a category change and the universal cash and points increase. Clearly you can see why in some cases locking the reservation in today makes a tremendous difference. Another good example is the Aloft Brooklyn that is going from a Category 3 to a 5. If you book a cash and points reservation today it will cost you 2,800 points + $45 per night. Tomorrow it will cost you 6,000 points + $110 per night.
Get to booking! If you want a list of SPG properties so you can see if there is one that fits your future travel plans, then here is a list. Just check the individual cancellation policies in case you are making speculative reservations….
Have you been able to snag some SPG reservations before the points price goes up?