Plan early to see leaves change

Looking to spend a weekend in the Asheville, North Carolina, area in mid-October. It is a great time to see the leaves changing color.  But if you plan to use your Marriott Rewards to defray the cost, you better plan ahead for next year. The opportunity has passed for 2018.

We were looking at Oct. 11-15, this year. But couldn’t use a free-night certificate or points for Friday and Saturday night.  That was even the most affordable Marriott properties in that area. 

And it wasn’t me on my lonesome, I called guest services. The fellow there was optimistic. But he worked the issue with many combinations for a half-hour with no luck.

Each location only books a set number of rooms for people using points or certificates. They do that to remain profitable. We should have hammered out the logistics a month or two earlier. Then we could have been successful in getting a room a decent price for a prime time in that area.