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I have been dabbling with the idea of creating an award trip to Australia in the next couple months. My lovely friend would like to go Scuba Diving and I would like to go Park Hyatt’ing so Australia is the perfect intersection of the two!
After investigating places to stay near the Great Barrier Reef, I found the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort, a category 5 SPG resort. I have a few Suite Night Awards I would love to use on a suite upgrade so I was curious to see the upgrade options at this resort.
The only way to view the rooms available for upgrade is to hold a reservation at the resort and have Suite Award Nights in your account. I went ahead and booked a dummy reservation and found two room upgrade options available. In my previous uses of the Suite Night Awards at the Tambo Del Inka and the W Santiago, all of the available room upgrade options were comparable standard suites like a Fantastic Suite versus a Marvelous Suite at the W. In that case, it made sense to request both types of room upgrade options to increase the odds of landing an suite upgrade. What I found at this resort was that neither option was a standard suite. One for better, one for worse.
The base standard award room is shown below.
Your first option is an upgrade of another 108 square feet to a Premium Mirage. This sounds like a nice room but I am not sure I would qualify this as a standard suite.
Your second option is an upgrade of a whopping 1194 square feet! Once again, I am not sure I would qualify this as a standard suite….. because it is explicitly named a Specialty Suite!
While in truth I would be perfectly happy with either room, I will only be submitting a Suite Night Award request for the second option. I find Suite Award Nights quite valuable and would prefer to use them only for standard suites (or greater in this case). Would you use a Suite Award Night for anything less than a standard suite?
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