Off the charts bookable: Top-tier SPG properties available via app

Bummed that I missed out on a shot to book a 5-night stay here, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for availability to pop up.

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 searchingI’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

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Probably
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Probably

That screenshots show “SPG free nights.” SPG points as Marriott points right? Not old SPG points that become 3x MR.

Caroline Lupini
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Caroline Lupini

When I try to make a reservation the app says I have to go to the website and then it errors out.

Ken
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Ken

Same here, trying SPG app on iPhone and it keeps sending me to the website.

frugalman
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frugalman

Nick, do you think a reservation booked w/ points can be later replaced with a reservation w/ FN certificate (say Rtiz-Carlton signup ones) without cancel+rebook?

Kimbra
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Kimbra

That is what I am going to try to do. Heard they are having a hard time applying certificates so they are just manually refunding points that the certificate would apply to. Im waiting this out for a few months before I try to apply the 60K Ritz Nites to my St Reg BB ressie

Erika
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Erika

I got them to apply my certificates to two nights at the St regis bora bora

Kimbra
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Kimbra

Great Erika! Were your certificates attached before? Hubby has 3 and I have 2 but I booked the reservation since I am Plat until 2020. Not sure how I am going to make this work

Erika
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Erika

Attached before? I dont konw what your asking, but I dont think so. I had to do a lot of finagling with the phone reps and then finally got a manager to do it via email. Took a lot of arguing about terms and conditions and standard rooms (they kept claiming the rooms weren’t available, but I could clearly see they were). HOwever, I only got two nights and since I booked, all availability disappeared for the three nights I was planning to add on. . . so I dont know if I will keep the reservation. Def not going all the way there for two nights.

MarkG
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MarkG

Booked 5 nights for January at the W Maldives…48k points each. St Regis in Maldives or Bora still not available

Jung
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Jung

same here booked for 85k overwater when merged , decided to invite parents with 60k april. New to spg plat here but do my parents as gold will get breakfast with my booking ?

Preacher
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Preacher

Booked the Al Maha for five nights in January. Can cancel without penalty up to a month in advance.

Spencer
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Spencer

Although Vana Belle in Koh Samui looks incredible, note that paid rates are only around $330 USD per night. 60k points are better used for more expensive stays.

John
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John

I’ve tried multiple dates (one nighters just to test) across many months and used different devices (IOS and Android) and none of these properties come up anymore. Anyone have success in the last hour or so?

SE123
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SE123

Seeing the same John. I made a booking yesterday but was checking for additional dates… no results even for cash bookings which is surprising. Maybe something went down?

John
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John

I saw that too (that even cash bookings are down). My guess is they saw these award bookings coming in and freaked out. But it could just be shoddy IT to blame.

Ken
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Ken

Nick, just wanted to say thanks again for posting this! After transferring the remaining necessary points from Amex, I was able to reserve W Maldives for five nights in April.

vmompoint
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vmompoint

No award bookings can be completed until IT issues are resolved. Per Marriott Rewards Supervisor, they cannot issue rewards certificate for possibly another 2 weeks.

vmompoint
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vmompoint

Sold out is not always sold out
Those former category 9 hotels may not have the same room type available for the number of nights you’re trying to book. That will return a sold out message. Calling SPG can be helpful depends on the rep experience. Otherwise, call the hotel reservation desk directly to have them put your reservation on hold then call SPG back to use your points. Keep in mind no rewards certificate is being issued till IT problems are resolved

Preacher
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Preacher

Ummm…what do you mean? I’ve already got a confirmation number from Marriott for my 5 nite Al Maha stay I made yesterday. Shouldn’t I be good to go so I can book my flights now? Like, how is that not confirmed?

vmompoint
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vmompoint

They were issuing them until Friday. I was able to get 2 nights + 1 night at The St Regis Bora Bora in the last 2 weeks. After calling the property myself on Friday, they’re kindly put 2 additional nights on hold for me so I can call SPG with the confirmation # to book them with points.

Due to the complexity of my reservations (3 separate bookings with different room types), A supervisor had to take my case, then I had her call the property to extend the hold till September 14. The extension request was due to the fact they have not been able to issue free night certificates at all since the integration. Confusing, but they are honoring them if they’re already booked like in your case. However, I was told the hotels are not getting paid. Therefore, as of Friday, any informed Marriott/SPG reps will not book rewards nights until IT resolves the issue. The same is true for hotel/Air package certificates.

cytraveler
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cytraveler

I booked 5 nights in Feb at Bora Bora Meridien, standard room for total of 240k points total (OWB was a LOT more). St. Regis wasn’t available. Booked through Marriott app on iphone, and it showed that it could be cancelled. It was buggy though; I was trying to pick the best nights, and sometimes it showed availability, and then not, even sometimes not showing even one night available, so it wasn’t just that someone else was booking. I went ahead and just booked when the 5 mights came back.

Thanks for the tip!

cytraveler
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cytraveler

Forgot to say that I’m going to just wait and see if I can get upgrade to OWB at check-in through being a Plat. I’m okay if we don’t get it, so it’s worth the risk. I’m mildly hopeful it might work since we’re going in the low season.

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Greg The Frequent Miler
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It’s still working intermittently through the app. I just booked Mystique for 5 nights. I tried the same dates several times earlier today without any luck, but it finally showed as bookable. At 60K per night with the 5th night free, it came to 48K points per night (240K points total), as expected.

Tigris23
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Tigris23

Greg, do we know when these low pts redemption for these properties (specifically Mystique) will run up to (end of the year)?

Greg The Frequent Miler
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I think they show 11 months out, so by end of Jan 2019 you should be able to book to the end of December 2019

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Byron
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Byron

I am also trying to book the Mystique for next June. I indicate points, but it still shows $ on the app. Actually, want to do a 7 day package here. Wish me luck.