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Sheraton Maui sale this week. Can you find a better deal?

Sheraton Maui has a limited time offer for prepaid bookings made by April 7 with $249 rates April to June and $279 July to December 2015. When I see these kinds of sales, my question is usually, “Can I find a better deal?”

Sheraton Maui April 7 sale

Limited Time Offer Discount: Prepaid, book by April 7.

April 27-30

  • Resort View King Bed = $249  ($319 after tax and fees).
  • Partial Ocean View King Bed = $289  ($364 after tax and fees).
  • Ocean View = $329  ($410 after tax and fees).

All room types are charged an additional resort fee of $36.46 per night.

AAA Discount Rate

AAA rate can be cancelled without penalty, up to three days before arrival.

April 27-30

  • Resort View King Bed = $271. ($344 after tax and fees. Rate is $25.00 per night more.)
  • Partial Ocean View King Bed = $303. ($380 after tax and fees. Rate is $16.00 per night more.)
  • Ocean View = $335. ($417 after tax and fees. Rate is $7.00 per night more.)

All room types are charged an additional resort fee of $36.46 per night.

Rate analysis shows that a 5-night stay can save $125 when booking a resort view low category room during the discount rate sale this week. However, the savings is only $7.00 per night compared to AAA rate when booking an ocean view room.

I’d gladly pay an extra $7 per night for the peace of mind knowing I can cancel the reservation after booking and not be charged. The farther out from this week you book a hotel stay, the more valuable it becomes to have a rate that can be cancelled without penalty in case of unforeseen reasons you need to cancel.

Or buy trip insurance.

July rates favor AAA all the way

A check of July 2015 hotel rates shows AAA has an even better deal than the limited time offer rates by April 7 prepaid reservations.

July 13-18 (5-night stay) Prepaid Rate through April 7 Limited Time Offer

  • Resort View King Bed = $319. ($398 after tax and fees.)
  • Partial Ocean View King Bed = $359. ($444 after tax and fees.)
  • Ocean View = $399. ($489 after tax and fees.)

July 13-18 AAA rates with $100 per stay resort credit.

No penalty for cancellation, up to 3 days prior to arrival.

  • Resort View King Bed = $322. ($402 after tax and fees.)
  • Partial Ocean View King Bed = $356. ($440 after tax and fees.)
  • Ocean View = $390. ($479 after tax and fees.)

AAA rate in July on a 5-night stay is lower priced, includes a $100 resort credit and may be cancelled without penalty. AAA room rates with daily breakfast, but no $100 resort credit are $20 per night more.

No Deal: Sheraton Maui Limited Time Offer is not the real deal.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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