Good Deal to Stay at One of My Favorite SPG Resorts!

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As I’ve mentioned a couple of times already, we just got back from a quick family getaway at The Phoenician, an SPG Luxury Hotel Collection Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This resort was exactly what we were looking for since it had fun things for kids and adults that made just enjoying our time together pretty easy, so when I saw it available via a special SPG “Desert Summer Sale” I had to share.


Tennis Courts at The Phoenician


Water slide fun!

When we booked The Phoenician it was on its way out from being a Category 5 SPG hotel at 12,000 – 16,000 points per night and going up to a Category 6 hotel that will run 20,000 – 25,000 SPG points.  While I prefer to stay on points rather than cash whenever possible, 20k+ SPG points per night is a pretty steep rate, especially if you value your SPG points as highly as we do.  Once a property crosses into that category level it can make more sense to look for dates when cash rates are low so you can either pay a reasonable amount of cash, or even use fixed value points from cards like the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®.

Via the “SPG Desert Summer Sale” there are dates this summer when the resort is as low as $151/night (plus taxes/fees).  You wouldn’t even be getting a 1 cent per point return using 20,000 SPG points when rates are in that range.   Personally, I wouldn’t want to really use SPG points for less than about 2.5 cents per point, so cash or fixed value points would clearly be the winner here in my book.  With resort fee and taxes $151 a night comes to $198 a night.  After the 10% discount for travel redemptions the Barclaycard Arrival provides you are looking at just 17,820 points per night via that method – plus you would be earning SPG points on your rate.

Discounted Rooms at The Phoenician

The tennis courts, food, nine pools, water slide, kid’s club, and surprisingly reasonable food prices at the resort were all pretty great.  They also offer complimentary self-parking in a garage and didn’t charge additional roll-away bed. I’m not saying a weekend at a resort in Scottsdale is cheap, but it actually can be pretty darn reasonable assuming you get a good deal on the room.

The rooms available at the $151/night price are already pretty large at 600 square feet with a balcony or patio, but if you want some more space to spread out I would also see about negotiating a cash upgrade to a suite.  For our dates we went from a standard room to this really huge suite for just $100 extra more per night.  That is irrelevant if you are going to spend all of your time out playing, but if you still spend a good amount of time in the room napping and such it might be worth it for your family.

If this resort isn’t exactly what you are looking for, there are other desert properties also on sale via these rates through May 22nd including:

W Scottsdale (from $119)

Yes, the desert is hot in the summer, but if you can get past that and enjoy time in the pool these rates may be a good way to have some relatively affordable family fun at a fantastic property!

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  1. We were also thinking of doing this trip to make use of our US Airways companion passes, and this deal makes it even more attractive. How did you get the room upgrade, did you call beforehand or just ask at check-in?

    • Rita, I’ve done it lots of ways but in this case it was really easy as an email came from the hotel with different upgrade options. We emailed back and forth a few times as there was a little confusion at first, but they initiated the process in this case.

  2. Looks like a great weekend trip! Just wondering what’s the best way to get an upgrade to a bigger room? You mentioned you negotiated paying $100 more a night…did you do that with reservations before you went or with the front desk upon arrival? We are going to Lost Pines and I’d love to get a suite of available 🙂

  3. Summers are great deals at resorts in Phoenix/Scottsdale. When I heard Phoenician was raising redemption to 20,000 points per night, I reserved five nights there over New Years Eve for 48,000 (stay five pay for four) at the old redemption level. Great deal when rooms run $300 to $400 per night then.

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