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Hotel Redemptions for a Family of Five. Part Two.

This is my second part on hotel redemptions for a family of five. In my previous post I’ve considered several programs that could provide a decent value on points. Here are a few more.

Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest

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It costs only 5,000 points and the rate starts at $93 plus tax. I actually found out about this place from this post on PFDigest. It really does look like a nice hotel, especially for a category 1 property. All rooms are suites and will fit 5 people comfortably. If you are going to Atlanta, this is a good choice. There is a newly opened Legoland Discovery Center in the area, so if you have boys, it could probably entertain them for hours.

I couldn’t find any other Category 1 Hyatts that would fit 5 people, though there may be some.

You can see the list of Category 2 hotels HERE

I honestly couldn’t see anything that would work for a family of 5 and provide a good value redemption. The room requires 8,000 points when transferring from Chase Ultimate Rewards (Hyatt partner). If you chose to transfer the points to Southwest, you could get $130 in flight credit on “Wanna get away” fare. So, the opportunity cost is quite high.

Some ways to get Hyatt Gold Passport points:

If you are looking for low category Hyatt redemptions, the only logical choice for a personal card is Chase Sapphire Preferred (pays me commission). It gives 45,000 Ultimate Rewards after spending $3,000 in 3 months and adding an authorized user. There are also Chase INK and Bold, but they are business cards. The points transfer 1:1, so 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points will equal 5,000 Gold Passport points.

Chase Hyatt Visa comes with 2 night certificates that can be redeemed in their high-end properties, so it makes sense to wait till you have a fancy redemption in mind.

Starwood Preferred Guest

The best way to leverage these redemptions is during a high season, particularly during holidays.

Walt Disney World Dolphin

The room costs 10,000 SPG points per night and can accommodate five. The rate during New Year’s Eve was $375 per night. I called and the front desk manager said it costs an  extra $25 per night for a rollaway. The resort fee is $23 per night. Each room has two double beds, so it might feel a bit cramped.

If you redeem for 5 nights, the 5th night is free. This place gets rave reviews from families in this hobby. If you leverage the “5th night free” benefit during Winter holidays, you would be getting a $2,000 value out of 40,000 SPG points.

If you have a ton of SPG points and want to stay 5 nights, take advantage of “Nights and Flights” benefit. It costs 70,000 SPG points and will let you get five nights at a Dolphin resort, plus 50,000 miles in a program of your choice.  You can combine your points at no charge with those living in the same household, though it takes a few days once you request it.

 

Four Points Orlando Studio City

It costs 3,000 SPG points per night on weekends, 4,000 points on weekdays. The rate during New Year’s Eve was $131 per night. Each room has two queen beds, and it costs an extra $11.25 per night for  a rollaway. Resort fee is $11 per night.

Four Points Sheraton Niagara Falls

The room costs 3,000 SPG points per night on weekends. The rate was $159 per night  in June. It costs $20 extra per night to have a rollaway. Each room has two queen beds. This place offers a great redemption opportunity for your Starpoints. The property is located on the American side and offers peaceful river views.

Some ways to get SPG points:

There aren’t many. SPG points are very hard to earn. If you’ve never had an Amex SPG card, I recommend you wait till next summer to get it, when the bonus is increased to 30,000 points. This card does pay me commission, but currently comes with a 25,000 points sign-up bonus. If you a have a good stash and are going to those places, this could be a chance to save some cash.

Club Carlson

Radisson Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista

It costs 38,000 points per night. The rate was  $171 per night during New Year’s holidays. Each room has two queen beds and a sleeper sofa, so it fits 5 comfortably. The hotel offers a free shuttle to Disney parks and has no resort fee. The place looks very nice, and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here myself if I had a good stash of Club Carlson points. Speaking of,

Some ways to get the points:

Sign up for a US Bank Club Carlson Visa, which does not pay me commission. You can find it on most major blogs, so support the one that benefits you. The annual fee is $85, not waived. It comes with 85,000 points and lets you redeem every second night free.

So if you plan to go to Disney for 5 nights, the best way to leverage your points would be to book 2 award nights, followed by a paid 1-night stay, followed by another 2-night redemption. Just one bonus will easily cover 4 nights.

Hilton HHonors

Originally, I decided not to mention Hilton because most  co-branded cards  aren’t worth a credit pull IMO. Also, suites cost a LOT more in points. When I did a search in Orlando, several properties costing 20,000 points per night popped up, claiming to fit 5. However,  the reservation info only listed 1 king bed and a sofa.

When I called the hotel, the manager said they don’t provide rollaways, and the rooms are only rated to fit 4. Be aware that Hilton website doesn’t always have accurate information on occupancy limit, so always check the details by calling the hotel.

CITI Hilton HHonors Reserve card has a $95 annual fee (not waived), and really would be more suitable for a couple, since you can use your 2 weekend nights at their high-end properties like Waldorf Astoria. However, it does come with a Gold status and a $100 credit to offset it, better than my affiliate offer. BTW rumor is that a $100 credit may be going away soon.

Check out my yesterday’s comment from Dan (Pointswithacrew blog) :

For our family of 8, we usually just go for 2 rooms. What we have had a lot of success with is Hilton Homewood Suites. Since I’m a Gold member (from a CC), I’ve had good luck with upgrades.

So I reserve a 1BR suite at a Homewood Suites, and then call and try to get a free upgrade to a 2BR. You can’t pick the 2BR directly because it’s some insane amount of points. (No, really, check it out. If a 1BR is 20,000, then the 2BR is like 54,379).

So far we’re 2/2 in getting the upgrade to a 2BR.”

This could be a good strategy and a compelling reason to get CITI Hilton Reserve card. Remember, gold status gets you free breakfast in many Hilton properties.

You can see my full list of hotel points bonuses HERE

Readers, please, share your tips on maximizing hotel points and status for  a large family.

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Photos were taken from hotels’ websites.

 

Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

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4 thoughts on “Hotel Redemptions for a Family of Five. Part Two.

  1. Thanks for these 2 excellent posts!

    Just to add a few pointers from my own experience (not from Disney):
    1. Holiday Inn Express usually accommodates 5 really well and is often included in the PointBreaks lists – during our last road-trip we stayed at two such hotels for 5000 points each and they were both great! They all include breakfast and internet for all.
    2. Springhill suites by Marriott are fairly decent for 5-6 people, because they have a 2 queen + large sofabed as standard rooms (so you can redeem the standard amount of points). Most of these are in the lower Marriott Rewards categories so can be had for 15000-20000 points. They all include breakfast and internet for all.

    • Uri, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I had your request in mind when writing these posts and hoped they would be beneficial.
      Thanks for mentioning Springhill suites. I’ve never actually tried that brand before, but will look it up next time. Marriott does have very good, consistent quality properties.

  2. We stayed at a Sheraton Suites and while I’m pretty sure that we were over the maximum number of people you were SUPPOSED to have in the 1BR suite, I treat those more as “guidelines” than actual rules 🙂 (c.f. Pirates of the Caribbean)

    It worked for us since our kids are little and don’t mind sleeping on the floor, but it would definitely work for a family of 5.

    It’s a SPG Level 2 which meant that it cost 3000 points I think?

    (thanks for the shoutout BTW)!

    • @Pointswithacrew Thanks for your input on this. Large family is your area of expertise. As far as letting kids sleep on the floor, I’m not judging. Do what you have to do, brother!

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