Now that Max and I have secured our flights to Japan, it’s time to start thinking about accommodations. Luckily, we still have some points left over after booking our business class flights. So taking inventory, we have:
- 70k Chase points
- 50k IHG points from the Priceless Surprises Promotion
- 68k Marriott points, from my recent stay at the SpringHill Suites Downtown in Houston for my trip to Grace Hopper Conference.
I know we’ll want to be able to easily access Universal Studios Japan, Nara Park, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions:
So I ruled out the Hyatt which was too far. I also eliminated the Hilton and Crowne Plaza ANA, both of which looked just average.
The Intercontinental looked amazing and rated #1 on TripAdvisor.
I logged into my IHG account, but sadly they have no reward nights available in October – probably because the hotel is so expensive!
Well, we can settle for #2, right?
The Osaka Marriott is rated #2. It’s also located in the tallest building in Osaka and on top of a train station. And it has a tub with a view.
Photo from Osaka Marriott Miyako hotel website
And it had rewards nights available.
Luckily, Marriott allows you to reserve a room with points even if you don’t have all the points yet. You have to have the required points in your account 8 days before your reservation starts. I plan on opening the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Card, which currently has a signup bonus of 80k points.
In total, we’ll pay $53/night + points for our hotel in Osaka. But if we had chosen to pay for this hotel in cash, it would cost $450+ /night.
A four night stay would have cost $1900 USD – but we got it for $200 and 120,000 points.
My next task will be figuring out hotels in Kyoto and Tokyo, which is proving to be challenging. Wish me luck 🇯🇵