Currently it costs just 3K points for weekend nights and 4K points for weekday nights there. If you book after 3/5 it will cost 10K points per night, a whopping 250-333% more points to stay in this hotel.
However, you can use Starpoints until 3/5 to book future stays at the current rate.
How big of a bargain is this place?
Let’s say you wanted to spend a weekend at Niagara Falls from August 3-5. You can use 6,000 Starpoints or you can spend C$947, or about US$750. That’s a value of an incredible 12.5 cents per Starpoint. You won’t owe the 23% hotel tax on Starpoint stays.
Chabad of Niagara Falls is located right across the street from the hotel and offers Shabbos services as well as fully catered Shabbos meals from June 8-August 31. Meals aren’t cheap, but they are fully catered affairs and the price includes all 3 Shabbos meals. People that have gone have all said that the price is more than justified.
There is an eruv between the hotel and Chabad. The hotel also has Shabbos keys available for rooms on lower floors. You can put in a request for a room with a manual Shabbos key when making your reservation and at checkin.
Don’t know when exactly you’ll want to go? If you have enough Starpoints you can book rooms for multiple different dates and just cancel the stays you don’t want. Most dates allow for free cancellations until a few days before the stay, just read the terms for the exact cancellation policy.
Note that you won’t be able to change the dates on a reservation after the price goes up, your only options are to use the stay or cancel it and get your points back. You can make one night reservations if you’re not sure how many nights you want to stay.
Short on Starpoints?
For example 20K Starpoints are on sale for $455 instead of $700 or 30K Starpoints are on sale for $682.50 instead of $1,050. That’s a cost of 2.275 cents per Starpoints instead of the regular 3.5 cents per Starpoint.
Of course you also earn miles for the purchase, which makes the real cost even less.
If you have a Starwood AMEX and buy 30K Starpoints for $682.50 you will earn 1,366 Starpoints for the purchase, so effectively you’ll pay $682.50 for 31,366 Starpoints, or 2.175 cents per Starpoint.
If you buy 3,000 Starpoints at a cost of 2.175 cents per Starpoint, you will wind up paying just $65.25 per night. That’s a steal!
Are you going to make reservations for a Niagara Falls trip this year before the Starpoint rates go up?