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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!
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!
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.