That time of the year is soon arriving when hotel everyone will be busy planning the winter holidays and the hotel prices will go skyrocketing. This is one time where hotel loyalty points become useful, for the simple reason that reward stays during this time get you one of the best return value for points.
Here’s our list of 7 hotels in India where you could think about redeeming your loyalty points this winter vacation.
1. W, Goa: SPG Category 5
Located right on the Vagator beach in North Goa, the W Goa is one fabulous resort. North Goa has a great nightlife during Christmas and New Years and while most 5-star luxury resorts in Goa are in the South W is right there in the midst of all action. With a small inventory of 160 rooms, this resort is already selling for an average of INR 21,000 per night.
As a category 5 hotel and reward night here will cost 12,000 Starpoints and the 5th night is free. At 48,000 Starpoints, a 5 nights redemption here can bring an amazing value of INR 2 for every point redeemed.
2. ITC Rajputana, A luxury collection Hotel, Jaipur: SPG Category 2
The Pink City, Jaipur now has a choice of 3 hotels in the combined Starwood and Marriott portfolio. Located in the centre of the city this hotel is a great option for all those who want to visit the Jai Mahal Palace, Hawa Mahal and other local attractions. In the current holiday season, you can expect to pay about INR 8,000 for a night’s stay here.
This is an SPG Category 2 hotel, 4000 Starpoints per night. Again a sweet value of INR 2 per Starpoint
3. ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra: SPG Category 2
Agra is one destination on my list and ITC Mughal, Agra is the place I’m looking forward going to. Spread over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, the ITC Mughal Agra won the first Aga Khan award for architectural excellence in Asia. An ideal holiday resort if you want to stay indoors away from the city chaos and a great choice for travellers interested in Mughal architecture and monuments.
Thanks to the ITC Hotel’s participation in the Luxury Collection brand of Starwood, you can redeem a night at this hotel for just 4,000 Starpoints.
4. JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove & Spa: Marriott Rewards Category 6
We’ve fallen in love with this property and go back every year to the JW in Mussoorie. I haven’t visited a resort in India yet that has such warm hospitality and such stunning views of the mountain ranges. This luxury resort nestled in the middle of the Himalayas in Mussoorie is bound to transport you to another world. If you love cold mist then this is the place spend your winter vacation. Don’t forget to earn free 1000 Marriott Rewards points every Sunday by sending out a simple tweet.
Priced at INR 15,000 per night, a reward stay here costs 30,000 MR points or 100,000 points for 5 nights stay.
5. Marriott Resort & Spa, Jaisalmer: Marriott Rewards Category 3
Jaisalmer known for its splendid fort, elaborate havelis and never-ending sand dunes will soon have Marriott’s newest addition in India. Opened earlier this year, the Marriott Resort & Spa is a luxurious resort property offering an amazing view of the Jaisalmer fort.
A night here during Christmas is priced at INR 15,000 and redemptions can be made at 15,000 MR points per night giving you a neat return of INR 1 per point. Better still it only costs 60,000 points for 5 nights.
6. Radisson, Udaipur: Club Carlson Category 2
Carlson hotels have been running a bunch of some generous promotions in Asia-Pacific region all this year, and if you have managed to stack up Club Carlson points then at 15,000 points the Radisson Blu is a great choice for redemption this winters. A room night here is priced at an average of INR 10,000 per night.
Club Carlson is also running a great promotion where a one-night paid stay until January 31, 2018, will earn you 15,000 points, a Silver status and a 50% discount certificate.
7. Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort: IHG Rewards Club Category 4
Enroute to Pondicherry from Chennai lies InterContinental Mahabalipuram on the shore of Bay of Bengal. A reward night here costs 25,000 points and the cash rate during this holiday season starts from INR 17,000 per night.
If you’ve managed to stack up IHG points under their book direct and accelerate promotion, this is IHG’s only resort property in India where you can use these points.
Any other worthwhile redemption opportunities that I missed?