Park Hyatt Paris Vendome rates start at $958 per night for one week in October with prepaid, nonrefundable rates and rise to over $1,108 per night for a rate that can be cancelled without penalty one day prior to arrival. Or you can redeem 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night; 154,000 points for seven nights.
Starwood Hotels Prince de Galles, Paris is $818 per night on a prepaid, nonrefundable rate or $1,082 flexible rate with day before arrival no penalty cancellation for 7 nights October 15-22. Or shed 180,000 Starpoints from your whale-sized Starwood Preferred Guest account.
A luxury hotel room is a nice amenity for a week’s stay in Paris. But unless you are pulling in some big six-figure income, working as a fashion model or Wall Street banker, chances are you can’t afford to stay in Paris in a luxury hotel for a week without busting your bank account or loyalty programs account if you are a middle class income traveler. Luxury is seldom a necessity when it comes to travel accommodations.
The Value of Choice Privileges points in Paris
Paris is a dream destination for many travelers. Hotel rates in Paris are among the highest in the world and the occupancy rate has been among the highest for European hotels over the past year.
A closer look at the availability of Choice Privileges widespread availability of reward nights in Europe at 8,000 points per night through November 30, 2013 reveals savings as high as $300 per night for hotels in Paris over the next couple of months.
This post looks at some specific hotels for 7-night extended stays using 56,000 Choice Privileges points. A couple can buy 44,000 Choice Privileges points this week for $440 if you need points. The current Choice Privileges two stays promotion earns 8,000 points.
The rate savings at three hotels are displayed in this post comparing the published rate to the reward nights option for hotels available over 7 nights using Choice Privileges points in Paris, France and Venice, Italy.
Is your objective to tour Paris for a week and sleep in a bed at night with free breakfast to start your day and complimentary internet. Or would you prefer to stay at a luxury hotel in Paris for one or two nights on points?
Clarion Collection Hotel Opera Pavilion, Paris
October 8-15, 2013 – 7 nights
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2 Single Beds Superior Room 8,000 points per night = 56,000 Choice Privileges points for 7 nights.
56,000 points for 7 reward nights or $2,482 USD.
During the Daily Getaways sale of Choice Privileges points in June, it was possible to buy 56,000 points for under $225.
Clarion Collection Hotel Etoile Saint Honore, Paris
October 8-15, 2013: Queen bed room with free internet and free daily breakfast for 56,000 points total for 7 nights.
2,164.20 EUR = $2,888.28 USD for 7 nights Oct 8-15.
The Value of Choice Privileges points in Venice
Monday October 14-Monday, October 21, 2013.
Starwood Hotels has the historic Gritti Palace, a Category 7 hotel. But it is not available for reward nights during October 14-21 – even if you had the points.
10,000 EUR per night will buy you a 900 sq ft Palazzo Suite. Gritti Palace is the #1 hotel for Venice on TripAdvisor.
Starwood’s Hotel Danieli is also unavailable using points for the week, but you can book a 500 sq. ft. Lagoon View Junior Suite for the week if you are willing and able to part with $18,000 USD. Tripadvisor rates Hotel Danieli #107 of 385 hotels in Venice.
Comfort Hotel Diana, Venice
There is only one Choice Hotel in Venice, Italy with Comfort Hotel Diana. The hotel has a great location by St. Mark’s Square.
Comfort Hotel Diana, Venice, Italy. TripAdvisor Rank #180 of 385 hotels in Venice with 79% favorable rating.
7 nights for 56,000 Choice Privileges points or pay 1,610 EUR.
That is $2,150 USD for seven nights.
The opportunity to buy hotel points in loyalty programs at discount rates is one to consider when these limited time offers become available. Personally, I seldom book Choice Hotels for my travels to urban centers. Choice Hotels are my rural road trip brand. The regular occurrence of Choice brand hotels in Europe at 8,000 points per night is what I find most attractive about Choice Privileges.
Europe is a bargain right now in many cities where hotel rates are typically unaffordable to the vast majority of travelers. There is no need to downgrade your lifestyle to hostel living or couch surfing to spend a week in one of the great cities of Europe.
Thinking beyond the high end hotels in Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and InterContinental opens up the opportunity to book comfortable hotels at bargain rates if you expand your outlook to midscale chain hotels available for points in programs like Choice Privileges, Best Western Rewards and Wyndham Rewards. These are global hotel chains where the best values are often found outside the USA.
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out my page of collated current hotel promotions.