I would like to pay for my 3 night stay with Marriott cheques rather than points ($594 rather than 105,000 pts) but when I try to make the reservation it is telling me that my credit card will be billed immediately for the first two nights. I've never had to prepay nights before, even at resorts. Any way around this?
Is this for a future reservation at a time of some event? I'm asking because of the pre-pay. I usually don't see the pre-pay unless it is some event. Example: For the INDY 500 (they sell out), I had to book a pre-pay, but they haven't charged my card yet.
If not some event, is this the way this hotel does business?
No, this is not for an event, just a personal trip. The last time we stayed here we were billed the first night deposit immediately...evidently a common practice in Vegas?....and that would be okay. But this time when I went to book (Marriott.com) it informed me that the rate changes from $180 the first night to $170 the second and third nights. So now i guess they treat that as 2 separate reservations and they want the $180 upfront for the first night and then $170 upfront for the first night at that rate also. I have never had a consecutive night reservation, even those encompassing different rates, be treated as 2 separate reservations for deposit purposes. I really wanted to be able to pay with Marriott cheques at least for the last two nights....maybe the platinum line can help me resolve this.
Well, to me, this is just dirty pool. When there is no special event and the hotel wants to charge upfront for your reservation it locks one out of a rate drop that might occur after the reservation is booked. I was looking at this hotel the last time I went to Vegas and the rate fluctuated about every other day. Why would I pay in advance when the rate might be lower the next day? I would certainly call and demand the lower rate, but why should I have to do all that work to get the best rate available? The Rennaissance doesn't ask for upfront money.
I guess the upfront charge goes hand in hand with their ad campaign slogan..... "Just the right amount of wrong".
When it comes to the upfront charge they could add to the slogan..... 'to get me not to stay'.
There will a slight delay because the checkout person will have to manually enter the number associated with each check. I have never had anybody need to check with management to process the cheques. Hopefully in the future the cheques will have a bar code that they can scan.