SPG 100,000 Euro Hotel Room Booked with Points! Greek Islands 2015…

by Adam

I rarely book travel more than a few weeks out (generally the best time for premium airline award availability), but I’ve just locked in the Santa Marina Luxury Collection in Mykonos for next August! It was not an easy process but everyone was very helpful. When I first started looking at the hotel a few weeks ago, the calendar was not fully loaded, instead all rooms were coming up as EUR 100,000 per night! A bit pricey with no award availability.

Santa Marina Rates

The SPG platinum desk confirmed that the hotel had not yet loaded their 2015 calendar and told me to call back once they did. Two weeks later, pricing was “normal” at EUR 820 per night, still with no SPG award availability.

Santa Marina Mykonos

I called the platinum desk back and was informed that although the schedule was loaded there was no SPG award availability until late October. I then emailed the hotel directly and had an interesting conversation with one of the reservations agents – we went from no SPG availability to a selection of dates!

Redacted as per hotel request.

I then had to get back in contact with the SPG desk to book the award, and they then had to call the hotel directly as this award space was actually being opened up for me. Since this was a category 7 hotel, I was told that the 5 nights (5th night free) would cost 120,00 SPG points.  Neither the agent or I realized that “peak dates” were in place during August 2015 and that the rate should have been 35K per night. The hotel did and asked for the full amount to be deducted…but the awesome agent then refunded my account with the difference. I’m pretty psyched for my 120K redemption, the hotel would have been EURO 820 per night ($1047) or $5235 for the 5 nights…a pretty solid redemption I think. If the trip is even half as good as my stay at the amazing Mystique (see – My Favorite Hotel of All Time? Mystique, SPG Luxury Collection in Santorini, Greece Trip Report), then I’ll be satisfied.

Santa Marina Reservpng

I continue to build my SPG balances with the SPG AMEX sign-up bonuses, especially the business card which I’ve gotten for different businesses.

SPG AMEX Personal (Partner Offer)

SPG AMEX Business

Related – Trip Reports – Starwood

Mykonos Luxury Collection

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harvs October 17, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Forgot to redact reservation agent’s name in one of the emails… in case that matters 🙂

Adam October 17, 2014 - 6:58 pm

@harvs – Thanks, updated!

Thanos Economou December 3, 2014 - 6:27 am

Dear Adam,

On behalf of Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort in Mykonos, greetings from Greece.

Your post has only been recently brought to our attention and upon reviewing it, I would kindly like to point out the following:

Although we publicly encourage our esteemed guests to share their experiences with our brand and properties, we should point out that email and other correspondence exchange between our departments and our guests are governed by confidentiality and that publication of any correspondence without our prior consent is not encouraged.

Furthermore and although you do note that personal details of our team have been protected, as you may clearly see this is not the case and the name and email of our associate assisting with your booking is clearly visible.

At this time and on behalf of our resort I would please ask that you respectfully edit your post and remove any physical reference to our associates as well as remove the actual correspondence shown.

With our Best Regards

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Gene December 16, 2014 - 3:58 pm

cool. how did you accrue 120k SPGs please? thanks

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