Yeah, I’m as surprised as you are. Not only is the occasional hotel still available with points for SXSW 2014, held between March 7 to March 17 in Austin, but there is a good hotel still available and it’s at an amazing value. The Westin Austin at the Domain is still available, and it is 10,000 points per night. With SPG’s fifth night free for award bookings, this brings the hotel stay for the entire 10-night festival down to just 8,000 points per night.
To give you a sense of what a crazy good deal this is, Lucky at One Mile at a Time values Starpoints at 2.2 cents each or more, and The Points Guy says 2.5 cents each. The going rate for this hotel over the conference period is a whopping $499 per night. Without adding in the taxes, etc., you would normally have to pay for the hotel, the stay values the Starpoints at a minimum 6.3 cents each. Awesome! I’m not going to lie, you are at The Domain, which is not downtown where the vast majority of the action is. But the hotel is on the SXSW hotel shuttle route, so you aren’t out of luck. Hurry, hurry, hurry, because this won’t last long!
As a side note: there are pretty slim pickings anywhere near downtown. But if you are swimming or more like drowning in HHonors points, the Embassy Suites in Downton/Town Lake is still available for 40,000 points per night as well.
This article first appeared on roadeightyfive.com.