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New Year’s Eve reward stay tip

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New Year’s Eve can be an expensive hotel night in many cities and you might find New Year’s Eve is not available for a one night reward stay with points.

After checking dozens of hotels in several cities, I found many hotels not available as a one night reward stay for December 31 can be booked by extending your reward stay to two or three nights.

Try a combination of dates like Dec 30-Jan 1 or Dec 31-Jan 2 to check 2-night availability or Dec 29-Jan 1 or Dec 30-Jan 2 to check 3-night availability.

San Francisco Hotel for New Year’s Eve 2018

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Holiday Inn Express Union Square unavailable as 1-night reward stay Dec 31 on New Year’s Eve.

Change this to a 2-night stay and New Year’s Eve becomes available for reward nights on points.

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Holiday Inn Express Union Square is available for points with a 2-night stay over New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve Monday, December 31, 2018

My eyes were on a particular hotel property in Europe over the past month for a 4 night stay during New Year’s Eve. When I finally was ready to book the room, to my surprise, the city I planned to visit specifically for a great hotel deal on points turned out not to be a bookable room. Good thing I realized the hotel was not bookable before finalizing any travel plans with airline tickets.

Now I am looking at completely different cities and countries for a New Year’s Eve hotel.

Good news is I am finding more hotels available over New Year’s Eve 2018 for points stays than I found over the past two years. 2016 and 2017 were far more challenging with Dec 31 falling on a Saturday in 2016 and Sunday in 2017.

New Year’s Eve on Monday December 31, 2018 looks to be far easier to find hotel nights with points.

And if you don’t see the hotel you want for a one night reward stay, then try two nights or even three nights to see if availability improves.

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Prague New Year’s Eve 2017 at Park Inn Prague was only available as minimum 3-night reward stay for 28,000 points per night when rates were $200+ per night.



  • James October 15, 2018

    Of course, they’re not in the middle of the action, but I’ve found airport hotels can have award space or cheaper cash rates NYE; I use them as a back-up.

  • Ric Garrido October 16, 2018

    I go home when I don’t want to be in the middle of the action. Dec 31 tends to be a cheap date to fly to USA that I have used a few times.

  • Kurt October 18, 2018

    Thank you for the advice. I’m going to spend a few days here. The car has already arned, it will be added to me in the southern part of the city. I will look for some hotels nearby

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