[Hotels] Why I often change hotels on multi-day trips

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Chicago Mariott
The view from the Chicago Marriott.

Ahead of a family trip to Cancun, Mexico, my wife goes: “And we are getting the room cleaned.”

Of course, she was referring to me declining housekeeping for the 500 or so points per day extra on previous vacations!

I responded: “At least we are in one hotel for the whole week and we aren’t switching every night.”

“Why would we switch every night?”

“Bonus welcome points, of course.” They get added every time I check into a hotel.

Of course, she knew to raise the topic. On a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, we went to the beach about every day and we didn’t get the room cleaned at all. Yes, it did get a bit sandy, but the points!!!!

Words matter: You are from where? You are traveling where?


Yes, it’s all about points. LOL. Last year I redeemed roughly $100,000 worth of them. This year – two months in I’m over $10,000. I haven’t had any huge dollar redemption cases yet – like the $6,000 business class for points trip to Europe either.

And cases like these aren’t helping, but make sense to lower out-of-pocket costs:

40,000 miles for 8 500-mile upgrades – $400 – wasn’t the best redemption ever but made sense as I need them for my 11-year-old to upgrade and the other option would have cost $150 and 30,000 miles.

And if she gets the upgrade it’s about a $1,500 redemption at current cost. So that’s better and pushes me at over $10,000 redeemed this year. (Source: My Facebook post)

So anyway, marriage is a two-way street and I’m giving up points in this case! 🙂 So no moving of hotels and housekeeping! I also requested an upgrade to a Villa using 4 of my 5 nights of suite upgrade awards. #family

But when you are on multi-day trips, there’s something to be said about moving hotels.

Every time you check into a new hotel with the appropriate Marriott Bonvoy status you get bonus welcome points. They only get offered once per stay. But when you switch that’s another stay!

Now, it’s not always feasible to switch hotels. For example, when you have a lot of luggage it might not be feasible.

Or the first hotel is already near everything and has a good rate.

But there are advantages and actual reasons besides earning points.

You are in different locations on different days for other things – like client meetings, presentations, etc. When we were in New Mexico we mostly switched hotels because one was closer to the airport and we had an early-morning flight. On a trip to the Venice, Italy, region, we are doing the same thing. I booked  the hotel in a remote area of Italy through American Airlines Vacations and then booked a hotel near the airport for the night before our 7 a.m. flight back to the United States.

The concept certainly applies when you are on tourist travel as well. Want to see different areas? Move your party. Of course, one thing to keep in mind is luggage. We travel with carry-on only and I haven’t checked luggage in years so that’s usually not a problem here.

This story is actually funny to me, because a few years ago I was on a client trip and we switched hotels every night for  three nights. Why? Not points at all. We kept adding days to the trips after initial planning had started and the hotels we were staying at already had outrageous prices on the additional nights.

So there’s that.

Whatever the reason, there can be reasons to switch hotels – points, different locations to visit, price, etc. The key is to think about the advantages, disadvantages and paybacks. And in some cases it might be too much work. And in others it might be worth it.