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Best use of points in San Francisco and LA

Best use of points in San Francisco and LA

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Old Dec 28, 14, 12:07 pm
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Best use of points in San Francisco and LA

Hi

I have enough points and also a couple of diamond upgrades to use for first time trip from UK to LA in September with my 19 year old son and my 2nd trip to San Francisco (last one in 1994 for honeymoon!).

We want to do about three nights in each place. Have looked around the various reviews but would welcome any guidance please. We won't be having a car and just doing usual touristy things

Many thanks for any help

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Old Dec 28, 14, 12:32 pm
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Not having a car is no real problem in San Francisco, but it is in Los Angeles....

If you want to use those Diamond upgrades you will need to look at points+cash options, no way to use them on full point stays.

For SFO you have two decent, but not spectacular choices, the GH and HR. Both are in pretty decent locations, I prefer the GH.

For LA there are different choices depending on location.
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Old Dec 29, 14, 3:45 am
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Best value in San Francisco is the Regency SFO at 8k (actually one of the best values systemwide) , followed by the Regency Downtown at 15k. Rates fluctuate heavily in San Francisco, so you might want to double-check whether it makes sense to use points, rates at the Regency and Grand Downtown fall to the mid 100's in off-season, but can also easily be in excess of $400. All things considered, the Regency is the place to go in town, but all three hotels are not really known for great suites. Saving points for a stay at the Highlands Inn (25k) in Carmel is also an option.

Using points in LA is not really an option, first and foremost there is no Hyatt in the Downtown area of Los Angeles and the ones closer to Hollywood are overpriced at 20K (Century City+Andaz) The only good option is the Regency Valencia, close to an hour north of Downtown at 8k (no club lounge) Personally, I always liked the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks, very calm and leafy neighborhood, but also close to an hour away.

I strongly suggest renting a car, the best hotel in the area is very likely the Resort at Huntington Beach, but again an hour away this time to the south.

2 days at Huntington Beach + 2 days at the Park Aviara north of San Diego might offer the best combination of good hotels and good locations to get you started (with a car)
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Old Dec 29, 14, 4:16 am
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Many thanks for the helpful responses


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Old Dec 30, 14, 5:12 pm
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In all honesty you cannot really do LA without a car.

Public transport is all over the place, and taxis, shuttles, etc will cost a lot as most things are spread all over the place. The only exception would be if you stay the the HR Orange County and do the Disney thing, you can catch a bus from LAX and back and everything is close by...
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