This summer, we are all staying a little closer to home! Families are road-tripping, renting VRBO properties, and trying to find a way to travel safely. We are grateful that our favorite northern Michigan hotel, The Inn at Bay Harbor, has opened to travelers. We love the property so much that we visit every year. Although this visit was different from the many before because of social distancing and mask-wearing, it was still just as wonderful as we remembered.
As you know, we work hard to travel for free, and this trip was no different. The Inn at Bay Harbor is a Marriott property and happens to be a Category 5. Marriott Members know what that means! You can use your annual “free night award certificate” at any Marriott property Category 5 or under…score! That took care of one night, now to book another two nights on points. This property rarely has availability for point redemption, so it takes some patience and constant website checking. We visited late July but started planning in early June. When we saw point availability (35,000 points), we booked one night on points. Then checked back, and lucky us; an additional night was available for point redemption. So, yes, we had three separate reservations. However, upon checking in, all reservations were combined so that we didn’t have to move rooms.
Because we are Marriott Titanium Elite members, we were complimentary upgraded to a one-bedroom quarry suite with a murphy bed, pull-out full size bed, private balcony and kitchen. Who doesn’t LOVE an upgrade?! It definitely pays to be loyal to a hotel brand! Our stay would have cost $712/night + tax = savings of $2136+.
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