I’m looking for a hotel room in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and the first thing I always fire up is spg.com since I am a loyal Platinum member. I find out that there are only two Starwood hotels in Cabo which is the Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos and the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos. The Westin is going for $169 + taxes which is $199.42. The Sheraton is going for $175 + taxes which is $206.50. Both properties are Category 4 requiring 10,000 Starpoints for a free night redemption. Cash and Points are available for 5,000 Starpoints + $75 which I consider a good deal.
If you’re swimming in American Airlines AAdvantage miles like myself, you can redeem miles for hotel rooms. I wrote a primer on How To Use American Airlines AAdvantage Miles And Elite Status For Hotel Rooms.
I fired up the UseAAmiles.com search engine and looked for hotels in Cabo. The first property looks like a dangerous shack for 2,800 miles and the second property is a Wellness Center for 4,000 miles. Well, what can you expect for less than 4,000 miles at Cabo?
I noticed the Bahia Hotel is going for 11,500 miles with a caption that says Hot Deal: 15% Off! The Westin is going for 12,000 miles with a caption that says Hot Deal: 30% Off, which is a huge jump in discount.
But wait, the next hotel has a caption that reads, Hot Deal: 44% Off, following by Limited Time Offer! at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar.
Here’s the real kicker: The Hotel Finisterra has a caption that reads, “A Sudden Amazing Price – Today only!” which I found hilarious and gave me a chuckle.
I am probably going to use 12,000 AA miles to book the Westin Los Cabos or 12,600 AA miles to book the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar instead of using 10,000 Starpoints. Here’s a primer on How To Receive Elite Benefits on a Starwood Third Party Reservation. Which hotel would you book and using which methods?