Westin Grand Cayman Unexpectedly Costing Fewer Points!

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If The Westin Grand Cayman is in your travel plans in the next 18 months, you may want to act quickly and lock in an award reservation now as it has unexpectedly dropped from a SPG Category 6 property pricing at 20,000 – 25,000 points per night to a Category 5 pricing as low as 12,000 points per night or 6,000 points per night + $110 on a cash and points rate.

 

We had a 5 night award stay for next year booked for 80,000 SPG points with the 5th night free, but I just made a new reservation for the same 5 nights for just 48,000 points at a per night rate of just 9,600 points!

Westin Grand Cayman

Interestingly, my first reservation is now displaying as costing 48,000 points in my SPG account though the original 80,000 points are showing as still deducted from my account. I will worry with canceling that old reservation and getting the 80,000 points back in a couple days, but if this all works out I would LOVE to essentially save 32,000 very valuable SPG points and get the same beachside stay!

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Paid rates at this hotel can easily be $500 + taxes/fees per night, so 12,000 SPG points per night + a $60 resort fee is much more palatable than paying all cash. I don’t know if this was an unannounced change with the annual category changes, or an “oops” change, but either way I would act quickly just in case.

Many thanks to Million Mile Secrets for sharing this update!

Comments

  1. Wow! Thanks to you an MMS for sharing this. I just booked 10 days for 96K SPG points, spanning the end of January to early February and booked a direct, AA flight from CLT to GCM for 15K Avios + 89 (not to keen on the $ 89 but, not complaining.) I love this place. I have stayed there twice, most recently this past January. I really thought that would be my last hurrah since the points required increased so much.

    They were having some construction activities in January that were minor annoyances (probably bothered others more than me.) That may be the reason for the points dip, although I would think they should be finished by next year. One other downer is the $ 60/day resort fee. I hate those tack on fees but, it seems to be the norm now.

    Anyway, I am stoked. I really love this place that I call “Hawaii light” (OK, very light) that is only a couple of hours away.

    • Were there many places to eat around there other than the resort? I am looking to go somewhere in the next month or so. Thanks!

      • My family recently stayed at the Ritz Carlton next door (spend a huge amount of points, but was worth it) and we ate out every night nearby. the Sunshine Grill is a restaurant in a resort across the street and it was very good for dinner. For breakfast, we ate at this diner across the street from the Westin called Eats Cafe. Great breakfast options. There is even a Japanese sushi place in the same strip mall. All great options.

      • There is an excellent “family” type restaurant, right across from the resort called The Sunshine Grill. It is actually a small restaurant/grill beside that serves The Sunshine Resort. Seems like everybody in GC knows about it. Indoor and outdoor seating. Casual. Choices from burgers to seafood and reasonable prices. Fish tacos seem to be their most popular item. There are also 3 other restaurants, right across the street. They were all fine to, but The Sunshine Grill is better IMO. There are also other dining choices (pizza, etc.) a reasonable walk away. Of course, if you catch a taxi, there is about anything you want within about 15 minutes. Hope this helps.

      • Along the same road down the street across from Marriott is Coconut Joe’s, which my family loves! They even cook the fish we caught for us.

        Grand Cayman is truly wonderful. You can be on the beach within half an hour of landing!

  2. Apologies if this is a dumb question, but I’m a Hyatt guy with a 7-night Marriott certificate for Category 1-5 hotels. Are Marriott categories now the same as SPG categories? That is, can I use my 7-night Marriott certificate at this Westin since it is category 5? If so, any advice as to whether that’s a good value for the certificate? Many thanks!

        • I don’t think so since you had airline mikes deposited along with it…but feel free to ask Marriott what your options are. Maybe at some point you will be able to use for spg properties but not sure what that time table will look like.

  3. I booked this morning for next spring break, 9600 points per night. I’d never really thought of going to the Cayman Islands (not sure why) but when I saw that I figured may as well jump on it! How is the Cayman Islands compared to Cancun or Maui? Just curious. I’m sure the island is nice.

  4. Is there a good way to get SPG points besides the card and transferring from AMEX at 3 to 1? I have lots of Chase and Amex points, but that AMEX ratio is bad news.

  5. Thanks for the post and share! I just booked this for 5 nights next May. 9600 points/night is a fantastic deal. We’ve never been to the Cayman Islands and I’ve been eyeing this resort for a couple of years now, glad to see the value ‘dropped’ and it’s still available. It will be interesting to see if I can apply my suite upgrade certificates here next year.

  6. why not book more than 5 nights? I get the whole fifth night free concept, but any reason not to go 6 or 7 nights?

    • No, no reason. However, I can’t ever remember staying in one note five straight nights so sounds like an eternity to me! In a good way….

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