If you have not been living under a rock, you know that Marriott Bonvoy introduced a new Category 8 for hotel redemptions on March 5th. Overnight, many awards dramatically rose in price.
We knew this was coming for several months, which gave all of us…myself included…plenty of time to prepare. Practically, the best hotels in the Marriott collection rose from 60,000 points or 30,000 + $250/night to 85,000 points or 42,500 + $450/night. Many others rose in price (you can review the full list here).
And I sat there and let it go. Deliberately, of course. It’s not like I forgot. But a few days after the “devaluation” I find myself experiencing pangs of regret and a dull sense of remorse.
I had my eye on one redemption: the St. Regis Bora Bora. I’ve wanted to take my wife Heidi to Tahiti for years and this seemed like an excellent time to lock in a far better rate than is available now. I could have even made a reservation without all the points and with no strings attached except the refundable deposit. There was also award space on Air Tahiti Nui, a product I want to review for the blog. I could have flown United in the other direction or even tried French Bee.
So good pricing on hotel and award space on carriers I want to review. What exactly was the problem?
My wife didn’t want to go. Well, not exactly. Few people are going to turn down a trip to Tahiti. But she was very clear that I need to take her to Israel and Scotland before Tahiti. While I explained to her the relative value and that our points would mean limited out-of-pocket expense, she just reasoned that there were other places we wanted to first and that I hate beaches.
She’s right. Mostly. My skin cannot tolerate laying out in the sun, though I love the beauty of beaches. And truthfully, I’d much rather spend time in Scotland or Israel than Tahiti. I live 30 minutes from the beach and there’s some truth to the recent musings of Brian of The Gate that if we want luxury, however we define it, we should tailor our home accordingly.
But I’m just feeling like I missed out on something big today. That’s the feeling we always have after a devaluation, isn’t it? I really shouldn’t feel bad because Lucky just published a rather negative review for the St. Regis Bora Bora anyway. The Conrad appears to be a much better choice.
So is anyone else feeling a bit remorseful over this? I really need to let it go…