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A couple weeks ago I shared that the Starwood Preferred Guest booking window was stuck in early December 2018 instead of extending through the 2018 winter holidays and into January 2019 as it normally would via an 18 month booking window. I didn’t know if this was a temporary glitch or an intentional decision by SPG/Marriott. Either way, it was a major bummer for OCD points planners like myself because the expensive winter holidays are exactly when I love to get huge value from my points.
Well, I am thrilled to report that whatever it was causing the issue, it is pretty much over, and the booking window extends into early 2019 at many SPG properties! I admit it was a really tough decision picking between paying $1,199 per night plus taxes and fees or 16,000 SPG points per night for a ski-out hotel during the holidays. Some ski-friendly properties were still pricing at the lower 12,000 per night rate for Category 5 destinations even on very peak dates (cough, Whistler, cough). This is an example of when purchasing SPG points at a discount can even make sense (35% discount available for a few more days).
As is sometimes the case when you poke around looking at properties that far in advance, I also saw some pricing anomalies that are also worth considering. For example, I spotted a one-bedroom villa at the Westin Riverfront Villas near Beaver Creek over NYE 2018 – 2019 for just $240++ per night via a AAA hot deal, which is not normal at all. I couldn’t get this one to actually book online, though maybe it would if you called.
I also spotted a two-bedroom suite at Mont Tremblant in Canada over the same holiday time period starting at $371++ CAD ($288++ USD) per night, which is also decidedly not normal. I didn’t try to book this one, so I can’t speak to if it actually books online or not, but I can tell you for sure that the rate is a very solid deal.
Have you been able to lock in some holiday 2018 – 2019 award or paid reservations? Where is your family heading?
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