How to find a hotel on points

Fostering Travel's mission statement is to help you get there, stay there, and have fun at your destination without breaking the bank. This article is about staying there without breaking the bank. 

Our first site to explore when we are looking for a hotel on points is Award Mapper. Awardmapper integrates maps and hotel lists to show you your options in a particular city that you search. 

Home page- one giant map with all hotel chains listed. 

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We will oftentimes narrow down a search based on the hotels we have access to points in. In this case, I have narrowed the search down to the Caribbean and hotel chains of Hyatt (transfer partner of Chase), Intercontinental (IHG credit card points and also transfer partner of chase but don't transfer points to IHG!!), Marriott and Starwood (from the SPG credit cards). 

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Once you have found a hotel that you like and see the number of points that it would take to stay there, then click on the link to go through to that particular hotel's website and search your actual dates to see if they have availability.

Awardmapper shows you hotels that are in a particular area, but does not mean that there will actually be a room available with points for your dates. Use the particular hotels website to check on the availability as shown below.

Take for instance a visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico over the first weekend of June, 2018. We have limited it to just the hotel chains that we have points in. 

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Once you have determined the area that you want, you can click through to the hotel of your choice to check on availability. We picked the Hyatt House San Juan. According to Awardmapper, the hotel should cost 12,000 Gold Passport Points (the name of Hyatt's point program). 

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In this case, the hotel did not have points availability for these dates. However, zooming in on the map shows the Sheraton Hotel is right around the corner from the Hyatt House. 

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Again, the search has to be done on Sheraton's website to check on actual availability. If available, the hotel should cost 10,000 points according to Award Mapper.  

BINGO! The hotel is available for 10,000 starpoints per night. Given that the prepaid rate is $331.00 per night after taxes, this would be a great redemption of points!  Notes about Awardmapper:  1. They do disclose their partnership with other websites they link to. Given that they provide an excellent resource, it is always good to support them by following through with your booking by clicking through their links- "AwardMapper receives compensation from some of the hotel chains listed on this site when a user clicks through to a hotel and books, then completes a paid stay. The search results displayed are not affected by these affiliate relationships."  2. Sometimes they show hotels that are no longer available. Not too sure how often they update the site. One example we came across when looking for an IHG hotel in Mexico was the Intercontinental Puerto Vallarta Hotel. It is still listed on their site despite no longer being with IHG. Not a problem though, we found the Intercontinental Cozumel Hotel and stayed there- see our  review of this hotel here . 

BINGO! The hotel is available for 10,000 starpoints per night. Given that the prepaid rate is $331.00 per night after taxes, this would be a great redemption of points!

Notes about Awardmapper:

1. They do disclose their partnership with other websites they link to. Given that they provide an excellent resource, it is always good to support them by following through with your booking by clicking through their links- "AwardMapper receives compensation from some of the hotel chains listed on this site when a user clicks through to a hotel and books, then completes a paid stay. The search results displayed are not affected by these affiliate relationships."

2. Sometimes they show hotels that are no longer available. Not too sure how often they update the site. One example we came across when looking for an IHG hotel in Mexico was the Intercontinental Puerto Vallarta Hotel. It is still listed on their site despite no longer being with IHG. Not a problem though, we found the Intercontinental Cozumel Hotel and stayed there- see our review of this hotel here