SPG off-the-chart properties are now bookable using Marriott points via the Marriott app. I’ve personally been struggling to try to make this work via website as well, but I’ve been able to get through to the point of booking in the app. Loyalty Lobby shares screen shots of confirmations.
Oddly, you’ll want to book via Apple device. More on why below.
I haven’t been able to find any 5-night stretches where the St. Regis Bora Bora has availability. However, I did find Van Belle in Koh Samui and Mystique in Santorini both bookable via the Marriott app. When I tried in the SPG app, it wanted to redirect me to the SPG website, which wasn’t showing free night rates.
Unfortunately, I have not ultimately booked because many of these properties showed a totally nonrefundable cancellation policy when I was searching. I’m not sure I believe that a points reservation will be totally nonrefundable, but I wasn’t willing to commit 240,000 potentially nonrefundable points to a reservation nearly a year away.
However, when I mentioned that to Greg he told me that wasn’t true — he saw cancellation policies of ~30 days for some properties. That didn’t make sense to me — but we each pulled up the same property and date. Sure enough, I saw the same message shown above — but Greg saw this:
The difference? Greg uses an iPhone and I use an Android phone. I dusted off an old iPad that was in the closet and hasn’t been used for a couple of years, but I can’t get it to charge. Hopefully, I’ll get that figured out as I’d rather be able to screen shot a cancellation policy that shows refundable before typing up 240K points.
Update: A member of our Frequent Miler Insiders group has confirmed that she made a reservation via the Android app and the email confirmation showed the correct cancellation policy (i.e. not nonrefundable).
Still, if you’re looking to book the off-the-charts properties, it looks like it can now be done via app. I imagine that 5-night stays will be hard to come by within a few days as people scoop up availability. If you’re looking for one of the top places, book it while you can.
For more information on these off-the-charts properties, see this post: SPG’s Off the Chart Properties, and a Map.
H/T: Loyalty Lobby via God Save the Points