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If you find yourself with some free time today, and you want to hop on the time-traveling machine to think for a bit about where your family would like to go for Spring Break 2019, it wouldn’t be the worst idea. In fact, it is a very good idea and yes, I said 2019 and it is still 2017.
The thing is that the Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to make award reservations 18 months in advance, and right now that springboards us to Spring Break 2019, or pretty close to it depending on your school district’s calendar. Check the reservation fine print for the hotel that interests you, but in most cases, you can cancel and refund your points until very close to your travel dates. In other words, booking a 2019 Spring Break trip now is a pretty low-risk way to lock in something fun while availability is generally really good and award rates are still generally at the off-peak rate.
Here are some popular SPG spring break properties that currently display March 2019 award availability.
- Aspen Snowmass – 12,000 points per night
- Walt Disney World Swan – 12,000 points per night
- Walt Disney World Dolphin – 10,000 points per night
- Westin Whistler – 12,000 points per night
- Westin Grand Cayman 12,000 points per night
- Westin Cozumel – 12,000 points per night
- Westin Puerto Vallarta – 7,000 points per night
- Sheraton Mountain Vista Villas – 10,000 points per night
- Westin Moana Surfrider Waikiki – 20,000 points per night
- Sheraton Kona Resort – 10,000 points per night
- Sheraton Suites Key West – 12,000 points per night
As always if you book five award nights then the fifth night is free. At 12,000 points per night, places like Aspen Snowmass, Westin Grand Cayman, or the Walt Disney Disney Swan would cost 48,000 SPG points for a five night Spring Break 2019 stay with a final per night rate of 9,600 points per night. Considering that some of these properties will go for $400 – $500 per night during a peak spring break week, that is an outstanding return per point.
While we are booked at the Westin Grand Cayman using SPG points for Spring Break 2018, I don’t have any SPG reservations for Spring Break 2019 as I am really banking on the Hyatt Place Keystone being a great choice for our then 3.5-year-old and 9-year-old skiers!
Have you thought about your Spring Break 2019 plans quite yet?
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