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Strategy for getting the best deal @ JW Marriott Camelback Inn - July 2020

Strategy for getting the best deal @ JW Marriott Camelback Inn - July 2020

Old Aug 16, 19, 3:46 am
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Question Strategy for getting the best deal @ JW Marriott Camelback Inn - July 2020

We've stayed several times at this property in Scottsdale, AZ - our favourite destination in the area. Want to head back for a few nights in July 2020 (flights already booked with Avios), and want to snag a good deal. Having two little ones tag along these days makes summer holiday so much more £££ than it used to be when it was just me and my wife.

What's the best strategy for snatching the best deal? Do Marriott periodically have a sale which would offer booking dates so far ahead, or is it just a case of watching the website and seeing if a good deal comes along? Or would offers only get loaded for a property much nearer the time?

Any advice appreciated. Didn't used to worry so much about hotel 'deals' - but its more important now to making the budget work! Especially when the £/$ rate is so atrocious.

Or are booking sites like Kayak or Expedia ever better value than going direct?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Aug 16, 19, 4:32 am
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With the best rate guarantee, direct is best. July is HOT so you should get some good rates-not to steer you from Camelback, but check out the JW Desert Ridge too. Great property and wonderful pools/lazy river for kids. You might also be able to book the Vacation Club properties connected to Desert Ridge-get a full villa with kitchen if that interests you. Just food for thought.
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Old Aug 16, 19, 4:54 am
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That does interest me a lot - will check those out, thanks. We’ve always been in July or August but the cost seemed to be so much more competitive, without even trying hard! seems they’ve upped the pricing, even in peak heat season.

Look forward to checking out those other places tonight. Thanks.
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Old Aug 16, 19, 4:58 am
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It might be too soon. Some hotels don't actively manage the inventory so far in advance, and what you see is some sort of place holder high rate.

I'd book some flexible rate you are comfortable with as a backup plan and just track the prices. I find that most hotels sweet spot is about 2-3 weeks prior to the stay - but there is always a risk of a a sell out (though I cannot imagine that happening in the summer in AZ).
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Old Aug 16, 19, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by 747_not_777 View Post
That does interest me a lot - will check those out, thanks. We’ve always been in July or August but the cost seemed to be so much more competitive, without even trying hard! seems they’ve upped the pricing, even in peak heat season.

Look forward to checking out those other places tonight. Thanks.

Excellent. With the Vacation Club places, you get to use the Desert Ridge pools-which is a big plus IMHO.
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Old Aug 16, 19, 7:31 am
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These are both big conference hotels, so if they book a large meeting you are going to pay a higher rate since they won't have a lot of transient rooms for sale. Having said that, I believe Desert Ridge has condos that are for rent by the week where you might find the pricing a bit better.
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Old Aug 16, 19, 10:44 am
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Prices were higher this summer, particularly on weekends, but base level rooms were still available in the $200 range, which is considerably lower than during the high season. The only "strategy" I would suggest is to check prices frequently.

Desert Ridge is IMO not a comparable property - not the location, the landscape and views, the history, nor the service.
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Old Aug 16, 19, 11:46 am
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Hi,

I would probably book a refundable rate to lock in the dates and as others have mentioned keep lookiing ( I would think that it is too early for the very good summer rates/offers to be loaded yet) and during July the chances of a number of large conventions occuring should be lower.

A few years ago I got a $160 rate ( with a $100 resort credit) and did not book until a couple of months prior to arrival.

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Old Aug 16, 19, 3:54 pm
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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot View Post
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A few years ago I got a $160 rate ( with a $100 resort credit) and did not book until a couple of months prior to arrival.
Good point. I got a AAA rate in August that was like $207 with a $50 per night resort credit.
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Old Aug 16, 19, 4:41 pm
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You might want to give the front desk a call this month, to see if they have any "summer specials" for July 2020.
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Locals often get a better price in summer in AZ. You can PM me in 2020 and I will relay if they advertise any prices. Mountain Shadows which is no longer a Marriott property but across the street had a very good deal this year.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 7:20 am
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If you book with a Stars/Luminous travel agent, you would get the following benefits on the flexible 'regular rate' - adds good value if you don't have status.
  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 daily in hotel restaurant
  • Welcome amenity
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Early check-in and late check.-out (subject to availability)
  • WIFI
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Old Aug 18, 19, 3:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Centurion View Post
Locals often get a better price in summer in AZ. You can PM me in 2020 and I will relay if they advertise any prices. Mountain Shadows which is no longer a Marriott property but across the street had a very good deal this year.
Thank you for the offer - that's incredibly kind of you. Duly noted!

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If you book with a Stars/Luminous travel agent, you would get the following benefits on the flexible 'regular rate' - adds good value if you don't have status.
This isn't something I've heard of, so will look into it too.

Thanks - and I really appreciate all the help and tips from everyone!
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