I am planning a trip to Indianapolis in August, 2015. I wanted to use points for the hotel and have booked 3 nights with points at the JW. I need the two preceding nights (Aug 4-6...which would be a bonus for me as when you reserve 4 nights the 5th is "free"). I am a platinum MR member. Is there any way to "override" on an award stay? It sure seems funny that the hotel has no awards available so far out. Are award stays limited to 3 or 4 nights so you don't get the 5th free? Do I have any options? Thanks.
We have used rewards for the 5th night free quite often and have never had a problem. I don't believe that they are blackout days but rather days that may already be booked because of an event. Looks like the DCI (drum corps) championships are during the days that you are looking for and most hotels in the area will probably be booked solid. If your visit is flexible there are a lot of options. Hope this helps somewhat and good luck with your search.
Thanks, Guidedog613. I checked that out and you are right....but the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals are the days I already have booked. I would think those would be the ones that would be unavailable, then. The JW does have rooms available for sale the prior two nights....just none for award stays.