Data point: The 50% off SVO villa coupons ARE worthless.
We know the hotel coupon is worthless, but I wonder what the "real" value of the other coupon is?
I need an extra night at WKV in Scottsdale in March, so I called SVO and asked them what the 50% off SVO owner rate would be for that night. The SVO agent didn’t know, but said there is a special SPG hot line for owners (1-877-782-0067) wanting to take advantage of this deal.
So I called SPG and here is the nightly rate of a large one bedroom villa at Westin Kierland for the night of March 27th under the various available rate plans:
Current American Express Promotion Rate (Rate Code: WRLR01): $ 117/night (3 night minimum and maximum, must book by Nov. 15th)
AAA Rate (appears under “'promotions' on SPG.com not ‘AAA’): $199/night
SVN Owners’ Discount Rate: $298/night (per SPG rep)
“Best Available Rate”: $539/night (per web site)
Rack Rate: $799/night (per SPG rep)
and the 50% off SVO owners’ rate coupon rate is . . . . . . drum roll please . . . . .
$399/night!!!! (50% off the rack rate)
I read the SPG guy the verbiage from MSC which said the coupon was good for “50% off your special Owner rate.” So I said “it sounds to me that if the owner rate is $298, wouldn’t the coupon price be $149/night at WKV?” He said flat out, and I quote: “NO. It’s like the SPG50 coupons for hotels, which is 50% off the rack rate. The coupon isn’t a good deal for you here.”
BTW, according to the guy I spoke with at SVO before calling SPG, SPG will be mailing out both (hotel and timeshare) “discount coupons” sometime towards the end of the year, and you’ll need the code on the back of them to book this great “deal.”