Off the Charts Luxury Update (85K mistake rate to be honored)

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UPDATE 8/24/18: Marriott has confirmed to View from the Wing that the standard rate for “off the charts” properties should be 60,000 points per night for standard rooms (e.g. garden villas) and that the proper rate for St. Regis Maldives overwater villas is 170,000 points per night.  In other words, Marriott has confirmed that the 85K rate was a mistake rate, but fortunately they have pledged to honor it.  Supposedly Marriott has fixed this error and has made 60K rates available.  That said, I don’t believe that booking standard awards is working yet for these properties, so maybe the 85K glitch is still working?  I’m not sure.

Status of “Off the Charts” Awards

  • Standard rooms (e.g. garden villas)
    • Award rate: 60K per night
    • Available to book online? Not yet
    • Available to book via phone? Not yet
  • Enhanced rooms (e.g. overwater villas)
    • Award rate: Varies. Overwater villa at St. Regis Maldives = 170K per night
    • Available to book online? Not yet
    • Available to book via phone? Maybe. A number of people have reported success booking at the mistake 85K rate.

Original post follows:

With the Marriott / SPG program merger, we expected that the SPG “off the chart” properties would cost just 60,000 rewards points per night until Marriott adds category 8 pricing in early 2019.  Unfortunately, technical issues have plagued the merger all week and so-far it is not possible to book most of these properties at the 60K per night rate.  That’s the bad news.

When searching for award nights in the Maldives, this shows up, but when clicking through, the award option isn’t available.

The good news is that a number of people have found success calling to book for 85K points per night.  Even better, they have been able to book overwater villas at places like the St. Regis Maldives for 85K points per night.

This may be a glitch.  85K points is exactly the standard price that these properties are expected to cost as standard once category 8 is introduced in 2019.  That’s unlikely to be a coincidence.  The way I expect things to work once the glitch is fixed, is that only garden villas will be bookable at the 60K per night rate.  If true, then they will charge either points or cash to upgrade to an overwater villa.  And, I’ll bet you anything that the upgrade charge will be far more than 25,000 points per night.

If you have your eyes on one of these off-the-chart properties, and you have dates in mind, and you have enough points in your account to pay 85K points per night, I’d recommend calling now to book.  If I’m wrong and the price should really be 60K points per night, you’ll be able to call up later to request the extra 25K points per night back.  But if I’m right, you will have won big time.

Unfortunately for me, I depleted most of my points by buying travel packages so I can’t take advantage of this unless/until I have success signing up for the new SPG Luxury card expected to debut 8/23 (tomorrow).  And, due to new rules coming out on 8/26, I’ll have to sign up between 8/23 and 8/25 (see: Up to 450K on the table and a short window of opportunity with Marriott & SPG).

Click the map below to explore the off-the-charts properties via Google Maps:

 

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