Posted by Ric Garrido

Where are Hawaii hotel deals?

That question is by far the most asked query I hear. I seldom analyze Hawaii hotel rates since they are highly variable and exhibit the hotelier’s model of buy up packages. The great deals really are not too frequent at hotels unless you get a package with benefits and service discounts you would definitely have paid to use anyway.

I see good deals for 7-night last minute timeshare residences for Hawaii. Most people are too wary of waiting until two weeks before arrival to get the good timeshare deals, but if you have risk tolerance and a good backup plan, the deals are around. It has been years since I bought from SkyAuction.com, but they still have many great timeshare deals around the country and some international locations for $300 to $500 per week.

In a couple of weeks I leave for Hawaii. Hawaii travel is on my mind now. Today I noticed a FlyerTalk Starwood Preferred Guest thread titled Misleading Rates – Hawaii Promos talking about Westin Ka’anapali Resort Villas and how two different Starwood rates offering 35% off return very different room rates.

The thread got me thinking!

The Room Rate is All Wrapped Up in a Package

Hotel rate analysis in Hawaii is time-consuming.

Part of this is the fact that Hawaii gets away with a room marketing strategy that is the envy of many hoteliers in places where a far smaller proportion of visitors are on their once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Hawaii attracts honeymooners and more. Hawaii is the South Pacific for Americans. Hawaii is America for Asian visitors. Actually, Hawaii is about 1,400 miles north of equator, so technically a southern North Pacific Ocean location.

Rate obscurity is the name of the game for big box hoteliers in Hawaii.

Westin Ka’anapali Resort Villas at 35% off.

Will the best rate discount please stand out!

Starwood Hawaii Discount Rate Comparisons

Maui Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort

One Bedroom Premium Ocean View (after tax final rate)

    $461/night for 7 night stay using Buy 4, get 2 free and one separately paid rate night.
    $556 per night with 35% off dining, double Starpoints and car rental discount.
    $557 per night using 3rd night free rate.
    $645 per night with breakfast for two rate.

Starwood Hawaii Package Rate #1 includes breakfast : http://offers.starwoodpromos.com/spg35

This is a Starwood resort special offer rate exclusive to SPG members.

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The rate for Maui includes continental breakfast for two and claims it is 35% or more off rack rate.

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Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Dec 2-9, 2012 with breakfast for two

  • Studio Premium Villa Ocean View $429 per night. $487 after tax.   Total = $3,409 for 7 nights.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Island View = $509 per night. $577 after tax. Total = $4,041 for 7 nights.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Ocean View $569 per night. $645.30 after tax. Total = $4,517 for 7 nights.

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35% off and 5th night free – Starwood Hawaii Package Rate #2

http://www.starwoodhotelshawaii.com/spg355n

Package includes:

  • 35% off
  • double Starpoints
  • 35% dining discount (Note: Is breakfast not discounted? Rate details state “35% off lunch and dinner charged to room.” No mention of breakfast.)
  • up to 35% off AVIS rental car (consider daily parking expense when renting a car).
  • 5th night free (to be deducted at completion of hotel stay)

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Dec 2-9, 2012

  • Studio Premium Villa Ocean View $481 per night = $3,367 for 7 nights. Total $3,273 including tax after 5th night free discount. Final Rate $468 per night.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Island View = $533 per night = $3,731 for 7 nights. Total $3,627 including tax after 5th night free discount. Final Rate $518 per night.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Ocean View $572 per night = $4,004 for 7 nights. Total  $3,892 including tax after 5th night free discount. Final Rate $556 per night.

 

Starwood Hawaii Sunsational Savings Package Rate # 3 offers 3rd night free based on $688 rate.

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Room rate details for Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas makes no reference to resort credit during stay.

Dec 2-9, 2012 3rd night free rate based on $688 rack rate.

  • Studio Premium Villa Ocean View = Not Available
  • $417.14 per night = One Bedroom Premium Villa Island View.       $2,920 for 7 nights. Total $3,312 including tax after 2 free nights discount. Final Rate $473 per night.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Ocean View $491.43 per night = $3,440 for 7 nights. Total $3,901 including tax after 2 free nights. Final Rate $557 per night.

Starwood Hawaii Resort Discount rate #4: Buy 4, Get 2 free rates

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Dec 2-8, 2012, 6 nights using Buy 4, Get 2 free rate.

Dropping the hotel stay to six nights significantly reduces the nightly rate.

  • Studio Premium Villa Ocean View = Not Available
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Island View = $2,116 for 6 nights. Total $2,400 including tax after 2 free nights.  Final Rate $400 per night.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Ocean View = $2,356 for 6 nights. Final rate = $445 per night.
  • Two Bedroom Villa Island View = $2,996 for 6 nights. Final rate = $556 per night.
  • Two Bedroom Villa Ocean View = $3,436 for 6 nights. Final rate = $649 per night.

Buy One Extra Night Dec 8-9 2012, 1 night

  • Studio Premium Villa Ocean View = $389 = $441 after tax.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Island View = $409 = $464 after tax.
  • One Bedroom Premium Villa Ocean View = $489 = $555 after tax.

Starwood Hawaii Discount Rate Comparisons

Maui Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort

One Bedroom Premium Ocean View (after tax final rate)

    $461/night for 7 night stay using Buy 4, get 2 free and one separately paid rate night.
    $556 per night with 35% off dining, double Starpoints and car rental discount.
    $557 per night using 3rd night free rate.
    $645 per night with breakfast for two rate.
    Starwood Hotel Hawaii rates come all wrapped up in pretty looking packages. Make sure you choose the best package for your travel plans and budget when planning your vacation to avoid overpaying for your hotel room.

5 Responses

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  2. I am not used to paying for a hotel room so those prices seem high. Last December we were in Maui at the Westin and the pool was cold. Like 68 cold. The ocean water was considerably warmer. It didnt seem like in early Dec they wanted to heat the pool. It was almost unswimable.

  3. Mileageupdate I think they always keep it cold. I was there in September lady year, 90 degrees out, and the pool was freezing cold. Hardly anyone could bear to be in it. Went to the St Regis in Princeville a few days later and their water was perfect!

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  5. I think people are way too obsessed with these spg Hawaii properties. I booked on orbitz 3 nights at Maui Eldorado condo with 3 days of car for $558. This is a total rip off even if you get points.

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