Around 10pm California time on Monday night I checked BoardingArea to see Lucky at One Mile at a Time posted St. Regis Washington, D.C. $30 per night about discount room rates for the month of November 2015. The St. Regis DC luxury hotel rates are normally in the $600 per night range.
I jumped on the Starwood Hotels website and started checking dates. My first thought was booking the first week of November 2015, but that would have meant a solo trip. The advantage was a higher room category with Grand Luxe Room at only $20 per night.
Then, I thought about booking two rooms and inviting relatives on the trip.
Then, I thought of my wife and how she told me the other day she was jealous of my solo travel this month when I took a road trip through the southeast and then drank all the wine I desired in the Gold Country wineries of Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties last week while she was working in her first grade classroom. Her school district always gets Thanksgiving week off work. Holiday airfare is a drag, but I booked Thanksgiving week 2015, so we could indulge in the St. Regis D.C. experience together. I have 18 months to find an airfare bargain.
St. Regis Washington, DC prepaid room rate $30 per night for Deluxe King. This is a higher room category that the standard Superior room. Some dates had Grand Luxe category rooms for $20 per night when I first started checking dates. Those dates with Grand Luxe were disappearing quickly. Caroline Astor suites are seven rooms of the hotel and those were easier to find than Grand Luxe rooms.
Caroline Astor Suite at $100 per night was another steep discount for this room category that normally sells for around $900 to $1,000 per night. I did not want to prepay $600+ dollars on a hotel reservation 18 months in the future. And I did not want to book more than one reservation since in my experience, when a hotel honors a discount rate, there is often the stipulation that only one reservation will be honored for guests holding multiple reservations at the discount rate.
Ultimately I ended up booking a five night hotel stay reservation at $34 per night or $170 all-in. The discount rates for St. Regis D.C. were gone within about two hours of Lucky’s post.
There were some other hotels popping up with low rates in London, Dubai, Florida and various cities.
Here is the FlyerTalk thread mentioning other hotels with low rates and other hotels were mentioned in the comments section of Lucky’s post. It has been 30 hours and no word from the St. Regis Washington DC hotel cancelling the reservation as a mistake rate.
Fingers crossed this St. Regis $30 per night reservation holds.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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