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Difficulty finding cash and points redemption

 
Old Nov 14, 12, 12:11 pm
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Difficulty finding cash and points redemption

Forgive me if this has been discussed (I'm sure it has) but couldn't find anything in the master thread or through search. I recently got an Amex SPG card and I do have some points built up from some stays. From what I have read on travel blogs, cash and points are the way to go when booking spg hotels with points; In fact some bloggers say that is the only way they will use the points.

I will be doing some traveling early next year and I have yet to find a single hotel with this option. I have looked in Dublin, London, Croatia, NYC, and Rio de Janeiro. Out of maybe 15 hotel websites I visited not a single one is offering this. Do most hotels not participate in this? I realize it probably hinges a little on demand but you can't tell me that there is a giant demand on hotels in March in London. Is this cash and points thing something that used to be more popular and available? Thanks in advance!
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Old Nov 14, 12, 12:14 pm
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Most have not loaded yet for 2013.
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Old Nov 14, 12, 12:38 pm
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Thanks for the feedback. Any idea of how far out realistically I can expect to book that rate?
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Old Nov 14, 12, 12:41 pm
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Thanks for the feedback. Any idea of how far out realistically I can expect to book that rate?
I don't know, I think it varies from hotel to hotel.
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Old Nov 14, 12, 3:13 pm
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You'll find threads like this:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starw...ints-cash.html

Lack of availability for Cash & Points is one of the frequent topics. A combination of paid nights and free night awards achieves much the same effect.
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Old Nov 14, 12, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by LovetoTravel83 View Post
Most have not loaded yet for 2013.
This certainly seems to be the case for my search for Vancouver properties in January. Nov/Dec dates are widely available, but nothing in 2013.
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Old Nov 14, 12, 4:12 pm
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This is a great tool for scoping out C&P availability (and to set alerts when availability opens up)

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewan...-hotel-awards/
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Old Nov 14, 12, 8:02 pm
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All the Hawaiian SPGs have C&P in Sept next year except Maui. Do they usually load rates late or something?
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Old Nov 15, 12, 9:03 pm
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Originally Posted by LovetoTravel83 View Post
I don't know, I think it varies from hotel to hotel.
Quite true. I've booked C&P at two separate European hotels -- one in Sept, the other in Oct. Both only had weekend dates loaded.

My point is, you're right
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Old Nov 17, 12, 12:37 pm
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All the Hawaiian SPGs have C&P in Sept next year except Maui. Do they usually load rates late or something?
I came to this thread to ask the exact same question. @:-)
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Old Dec 7, 12, 12:11 am
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I am noticing the C and P availability is quite poor for many properties which have had availability in the past. Particularly, properties in LA and Vancouver and a few others in between have no availability whatsoever. No dates loaded or the new norm?
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