I often end up making our trips plans at the end of the day. It happens to be when I can sit and do all of the tedious work like comparing flight times and prices, looking at hotel reviews and which properties are bookable with free nights, and searching for a rental car.
This also means that I make our reservations at the end of that process because prices can change if I wait until the following day.
Earlier this week, I wrote about how I was considering a stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. After reading your replies, I decided that spending a few days there when we arrive and then changing to another hotel, probably on the north shore, for the rest of the trip would be worth it. I went to the hotel website and saw that there was award availability so I went and booked our stay. 75,000 points for three nights is expensive but we don’t visit Hawaii often and it’s worth the splurge. I have the points, I might as well use them.
With circulation rumors of Hyatt putting Peak and Off-Peak pricing into place sometime this month, it was best to get a reservation on the books considering I could cancel until right before the trip.
It wasn’t until early this morning when I was looking at TripIt to remove the plans for my Southwest flight to Atlanta, that I noticed two entries for our Hawaii trip. This occasionally happens and you have to merge the reservations into a single plan. That’s when I saw my mistake.
I booked the hotel for the WRONG MONTH!!!!!!
I guess it was better to find this out now than when I got to the hotel. The bummer is that there’s no standard award availability for the days I want. I can book a room with Regency Club access and an ocean view for 33,000 points a night.
This would give me the perks I’d be missing out on by not being a Globalist. However, I was already balking at paying 25K a night for a hotel. 24,000 additional points for the three nights so we’d have a nice view from the room and club access is more than I want to spend. But I’m on the fence because if I’m already spending that many points to stay here, why wouldn’t I want a view of the ocean from my room and breakfast and snacks in the lounge?
The cash price for a club room for 3 nights is almost $4,000. I’d be getting nearly 4 cents per point value. It would also be the most expensive hotel stay of our lives and using only CPP isn’t the best way to value points.
The more I think about it, I’m tempted to book the Club Access room. I’m just going to need some time to let it sink in. My alternate plan is to book another hotel for those nights and hope that something opens up at the Hyatt between now and then. I feel like my decision will depend on what other options I can find.
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