In the past two weeks I tried to book a room at FOUR different marriotts in the OKC area using my points and every time they were blacked out for points. I called thePlantium Reservation Line and was told they may have run out of the what they alloted for points rooms. That sounds like a blackout loop hole to me. Essentially, a property can only have one room for points and once that is gone, everyone else is blacked out. This was at a Fairfield, Residence Inn, Courtyard and a Rennaic and not even a holiday and it is OKC. I am very disappointed especially since I am a dedicated Plantium member.
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Sorry to hear that you've had such bad luck with the OKC hotels. I'm not sure if you tried the Springhill Suites in Moore, OK but it is one of the new Springhill Suites. Very trendy hotel with cool design features. The staff is also very friendly. There are good restaurants a few exits south on 35. I found that it's very easy to drive around OKC and everything seemed to be a short drive away (including downtown and Rt 66) so try Moore and you may have better luck!
Good Morning rjmoman,
Since I look at my points as our vacation piggy bank, you also might consider buying $1000 worth of marriott cheques for 135,000 points and pay for a cash reservation with these cheques.
The positives in your situation are:
The negatives may be:
Just some things to consider. It is always frustrating to have to deal with this problem. I would also check back with the hotels, because I think sometimes hotels release rooms to be used for points, if they have an excess of available rooms.
"This is a dispicable loophole and Marriott should not be tauting no blackout dates because it is not true!"
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