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Cancellation Policy for Hotel Stays Booked by Points

 

Each major hotel brand allows you to book a hotel room using its loyalty program points.  The cancellation policy is different from brand to brand and could be different from paid with cash reservations. The cancellation policy can also depend on whether the property is a hotel or resort.

Below is a summary of cancellation policy for hotel rooms booked with points:

Best Western: 72 hours. Cancel before 04:00 PM hotel time 3 days prior to avoid a charge.

Marriott & SPG: 48 -72 hours in advance for All Standard Rate + Award Reservations In North/Latin America & The Caribbean.

Hilton: 48 hours. 48 Hours advance notice required for Awards Reservations to avoid cancellation penalties.

Haytt: 24 Hours. Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid first night penalty.

IHG: 24 Hours. Canceling your reservation before 6:00 PM a day before will result in no charge. Canceling your reservation after 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on a day before, or failing to show, will result in a charge of 1 night per room to your credit card. Taxes may apply. Failing to call or show before check-out time after the first night of a reservation will result in cancellation of the remainder of your reservation. Points + Cash bookings are charged immediately, and cancellations are refunded in points only.

Wyndham: 24 Hours. TO AVOID BEING BILLED CANCEL BY 06:00 PM a day before; PENALTY AMOUNT of first night PER ROOM PLUS TAXES

Club Carlson: 0 Hours. Cancel by 6:00 PM hotel time on the day of arrival to avoid penalty. Late cancellations will result in a penalty of first night’s Gold Points®. Failure to cancel this reservation will result in a penalty of all Gold Points® for the entire stay.

Please check the particular cancellation policy at the time of booking as it might have changed from the date of publication.

Last Updated 8/6/2017

 

Marriott Hotels Gold Status Perks

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One of the the benefits of  American Express Business Platinum card is Gold Status with Starwood Hotels, etc. (SPG). But because of Marriott and SPG merger you can link accounts in those two programs to match status across both programs, effectively giving you Gold status in Marriott rewards program. You can read more on how to link SPG and Marriott accounts in SPG Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Rewards Points Transfer and Status Match post.

Marriott Gold Status comes with a variety of Perks that can be found  on Marriott Gold Elite Benefits page.

The most valuable ones : free breakfast and guaranteed late check out.  The forum on flyer talk blog keep track of all domestic/international executive lounges open/closed/weekends statuses. Check it out before booking your Marriott reservation.

SPG Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Rewards Points Transfer and Status Match

linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton00Following merger of 2 Hotel giants: Star Wood Hotels  and Marriott, the rewards programs started its integration in September 2016 as well. Now you can Transfer Points between SPG, Marriott Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs. Members can transfer points between both programs at a 1:3 ratio — each StarPoint will be equivalent to three Marriott points. Transferred points should appear within a few hours, and you can move points back and forth as many times as you’d like.

Linking accounts is useful for:

  1. Transferring points between the programs. It also resets the points expiration date:
    SPG StarPoints 1 year after transfer
    Marriott Point 2 years after transfer (Marriott Points Expiration Policy)
  2. Status Match between the programs

To transfer point start by linking rewards programs on Marriott site: http://members.marriott.com/link-accounts/,  Select “SPG Members Start Here” and login into your SPG account
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To transfer points between the programs  (in this case from SPG to Marriott) perform the following:

  1. Log in in to your SPG Account
  2. Navigate to “Manage My account” / “Account Overview” and Select Redeem & Transfer points:
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  3. Select “More Options”/”Transfer StarPoints to Reward Points”linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton03 linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton04
  4. Enter the number of points you would like to transfer  (in 1000 increment):linkigmarrittspgritzcarlton05
  5. The points get removed from your SPG account right away and will appear on Marriott Points account in the couple of hours (in my case it took about 30 min)

I suspect the transfer from Marriott Point to SPG StarPoints will take sthe same amount of time.

Convert SPG Starpoints to American Airline and earn additional 20% bonus miles

AmericanAirline_Starwood-Conversion-Bonus-LandingConvert your Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® to American Airlines AAdvantage® miles and earn a 20% bonus from August 1 – September 14, 2016.

Plus, if you convert 20,000 points in one transaction, Starwood automatically adds a 5,000 bonus.

 Example