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Average Cost Per Night at Year's End: High/Low

Average Cost Per Night at Year's End: High/Low

Old Dec 29, 19, 9:48 am
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Average Cost Per Night at Year's End: High/Low

I'll go low.

At just over $82 per night I am clearly not Ambassador-worthy: 80 nights/$6,597. I'd need to average over $650 a night for 20 nights to move up. Yikes.

I admit that 15 night cc credits and a bunch of award stays pushed down the average, but this year was more about Fairfields over St. Regis; Residence Inns over Renaissance. If not for bar bills, who knows how low this nightly average might have been.

Last edited by Oxon Flyer; Dec 30, 19 at 4:21 am Reason: Change Stays to Nights in the title
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Old Dec 29, 19, 9:53 am
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$301 avg for me

titanium for 2020 but I will end $3,000 shy of ambassador
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Old Dec 29, 19, 10:00 am
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Just within the first two posts, each has calculated avg. spend differently.

Post #1 has applied average spend based total nights (paid+award+credit card).

Post #2 has likely used a different methodology. At $300+/night, and even at the minimum 75 nights (Ti), the poster would be well over the $20K spend mark if using the same methodology as #1.

Classic example of apple v. orange.

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Old Dec 29, 19, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by Repooc17 View Post
Just within the first two posts, each has calculated avg. spend differently.

Post #1 has applied average spend based total nights (paid+award+credit card).

Post #2 has likely used a different methodology. At $300+/night, and even at the minimum 75 nights (Ti), the poster would be well over the $20K spend mark if using the same methodology as #1 .

Classic example of apple v. orange.
Good point, and any confusion is due to poor titling on my part. If a Mod would kindly change "Stays" to "Nights" in the title, then maybe we'd continue more on course. Although, average $ per stay is an interesting stat as well, so who am I to micro-manage?

Luckily I got my apples free at the fitness centers, otherwise my nights would be up about one dollar per.
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Old Dec 29, 19, 10:32 am
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I agree with Repooc17 - It's quite complex to really calculate with bonus nights, counting redemption nights in your total (I remember when they didn't), bonus nights via promos, credit card nights, rewarding events etc...

In my case, my simple average for 102 "nights" is USD145/night. However as 30% of my nights are bonus/redemptions (no credit cards or events, but a generous double up promotion), the actual paid amount would be just shy of USD200/night for my ~70 really paid nights. Since I stay primarily in Asia where room rates are lower I am still staying at full service brands for the most part.

Still, I'm lifetime Titanium and unlikely to hit Ambassador this doesn't really matter though all that much, I just enjoy my stays at the chain, especially the "new" SPG chains like St Regis .
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Old Dec 29, 19, 10:39 am
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So having just hit 100 nights on the nose I managed an average $ per night of $212.54, or if I exclude the 7 award nights an average $ per night of $228.54. I didn't have any additional bonus nights, the remaining 93 were all hotel stays
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Old Dec 29, 19, 10:52 am
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If you look at the detail of your nights credit on the website you can see the breakdown of redemptions, etc to get to your paid stays

I averaged $261.29 in 2019. that was $30,310 spent on 116 nights stayed (148 total nights credited)
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Old Dec 29, 19, 11:09 am
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my average is $110 in 2019. 34k spend and 310 nights. no CC night credits.
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Old Dec 29, 19, 11:44 am
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$200/night over 24 paid nights (only stayed in 16 myself). 31 more award/CC nights.

Paid spend will drop even further in 2020.
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Old Dec 29, 19, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by UA-NYC View Post
$200/night over 24 paid nights (only stayed in 16 myself). 31 more award/CC nights.

Paid spend will drop even further in 2020.

I see that you're a hyatt globalist now. i am planning to move some of my stays over to hyatt next year. I'm curious to know what you think about hyatt compared to marriott? i'm also thinking about making the switch over.
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Old Dec 29, 19, 12:15 pm
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$203.50 average on paid stays. No point in showing averages on total stays imo... who cares how many free nights or cc nights someone had since we paid $0 for them?

Quick perusal shows most who take out free/cc are averaging ~$200 per night. Except one fellow, nuhusky who clearly stays at nicer hotels than us and averages ~$300!
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Old Dec 29, 19, 12:26 pm
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$169/night on paid stays. (Approximately, just using the spend tracker on the Marriott site as my total cost).

$145/night on BIB nights, including paid and award nights.

When including CC nights, platinum elite night credit, and the generous double night targeted promo earlier this year I come down to $69/ďnight creditĒ for the year. (Iím guessing thatís on the low side!)
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Old Dec 29, 19, 12:44 pm
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$140/night on paid stays. I believe that's before taxes and "service" fees?
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Old Dec 29, 19, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by littlevoices View Post
I agree with Repooc17 - It's quite complex to really calculate with bonus nights, counting redemption nights in your total (I remember when they didn't), bonus nights via promos, credit card nights, rewarding events etc...
Itís really easy if you hit Ambassador, b/c Marriott provides a summary of your nights on the App. So I know Iíve had 54 paid nights in 2019. This pencils out to a per night number a little on the high side, especially when you consider it does not include taxes, fees, and many kinds of incidental spend. I actually donít think itís very smart of Marriott to make this figure so readily calculable - having seen it, Iím inclined to do some cutting back next year
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Old Dec 29, 19, 12:54 pm
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Average spend says more about your employer and travel habits than anything relevant to FT.

I, like others, track my average spend and include the value of rebates from cashback, points, promos, BRG, etc. I admit that it can be fun to see how low I can go, but that's because it's my own money. If it was a client / employer's, who cares?
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