Several people thanked me for some of the tips they learned about my recent trip report, so I figured I’d continue on that theme and perhaps make travel tips a recurring topic.
When making hotel reservations I’ll sometimes encounter an unpublished minimum stay requirement.
In other words if you search for a room using points at the Park Hyatt NYC from December 5-6, you’ll get the message that there are no point rooms available. The same message occurs from December 5-7.
But if you search from December 5-8 you can use points for a room. That’s because there is an unpublished 3 night minimum stay for that time.
The same thing applies if you wanted to stay there on 12/31 for 1 night, but if you search from December 31-January 2 it is bookable with points.
Hotels can’t block base rooms that are for sale from being used for points, so they just add a restriction from selling the base room, in this case the Park King, if you don’t stay for the minimum amount of nights.
If you search for a points room at the Andaz Maui checking in on November 12 and checking out on November 13, 14, 15, or 16, you will get the no point rooms available message. However if you checkout on November 17 or later you can use points as there is an unpublished 5 night minimum stay requirement for that time.
I’ve gotten around this by booking the longer stay and then calling up Hyatt to remove the extra nights. Of course this is always a YMMV (Your mileage may vary) situation and it’s entirely up to the rep, but just keep in mind that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. The same rule applies with any situation where a rep has leverage, from credit card reconsideration to clearing standby for a flight. Note that with some chains, like SPG, this is a bigger YMMV than with others.
Recently I was looking for award tickets and a car rental for somewhere that will be in the line of the total eclipse. While I currently have 4 round-trip business class awards on United’s 77W from Newark to Tel Aviv for that time period, it doesn’t look like that trip is going to happen.
How I managed to book saver awards for Tel Aviv and for the eclipse this late in the game is a story for another time, but the car rental situation is applicable in this post.
I wanted to use Avis Daily Getaways vouchers, but the location was showing that they were sold out of everything besides SUVs, which aren’t valid for the vouchers. I started playing around with the dates though and noticed that I was able to reserve a Premium vehicle if I took the car for 6 days.
You can probably figure out what I did by this point. I made a 6 day reservation and then called back to remove the extra days. Worked like a charm 😀
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