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Old Oct 2, 18, 2:08 pm
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Suite with points

I've heard it be said that some properties will allow you to reserve higher end rooms with points, for a premium. So if the property is 25,000 for a night, you could get a suite for 30,000 or 35,000

But after months of looking, I've yet to find a single property anywhere that allows this.

At this moment I'm starting to assume I was misinformed, but I thought I would come ask the experts.
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Old Oct 2, 18, 2:16 pm
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Yes it happens. I've booked a suite at the Essex House on points. I frequently see the RC San Francisco offering suites on points.
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Old Oct 2, 18, 2:22 pm
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I booked the standard 1 bedroom suite at the Marriott north wharf in Cape Town and then upgraded to the two bedroom suite for about 300 rand per night.

Unfortunately I canít confirm if it could have been done with points as it was so cheap to pay cash I didnít even ask. But the fact is, you can upgrade a standard room paid for with points.
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Old Oct 2, 18, 2:23 pm
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Very property-specific, but I've done it a few times over the years. Usually a cash upgrade in my experience, but I have seen references to an option to use upgrade certificates (which I guess is just 5,000 point increments).
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Old Oct 3, 18, 12:57 am
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Charleston, South Carolina Marriott you can upgrade to concierge level, junior suite and studio suite!
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Old Oct 3, 18, 8:22 am
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Thanks all for the replies. I will keep looking as I continue forward with my Marriott journey.
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Old Oct 3, 18, 10:35 am
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My experience booking suites with points was always on the SPG side and it was simple and straightforward- a junior suite was often available as a Specialty Select booking for only 1500 additional points. That was something I loved about the program. Regular Suites were usually available for double the points.

I have not had a chance to try booking suites with points since the programs combined. My son however was just successful booking a Specialty Suite at the W Scottsdale on a points booking. It was only available as an Ambassador request through the hotel and required that he use the regular points plus cash for the Specialty Suite.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 12:58 am
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Iím seeing some suite options showing online? Does this mean that if there arenít options online, they arenít available or is this a brand/hotel-specific enhancement?
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Old Feb 3, 19, 5:11 am
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Far more likely that you will see suites for a small co-pay on top of the standard points. We have done this Venice a few times at the JW.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 7:07 am
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Marriott does not require hotels to offer upgraded award rooms. I tend to see them more at hotels that actually have a larger selection of upgrades (i.e. resorts, etc.). Now whether the upgrade is cash on top of the base award or extra points it seems to be all over the map. I sometimes see cash only options, but I've also seen points only options and both options (which I think I see the most often.)

I do wonder though if hotels, when they do offer upgrades, offer a set number of both points and cash options. I just completed a stay at the JW Cancun and when I first made my reservations, I saw upgrades for both extra points or cash. But after a bit of time had passed, the points option disappeared leaving only the cash upgrade option. So I wonder if all the "points" upgrades were taken leaving only the cash upgrades available?
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Old Feb 3, 19, 10:54 am
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Thanks all for the replies. I will keep looking as I continue forward with my Marriott journey.
Try calling the property you want to book.
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