Do SMSM room rates "run out"?

TommyJK

DIS Veteran
Joined
Aug 12, 2015
Hi all,

Noticing something I haven't seen before. Doing a search for rooms at RPR next year for a trip.

The "Standard" rooms do not show a SMSM rate. They are available but only at the "Seasonal" rate, while the Waterview rooms have the SMSM rates available and are actually cheaper than the standard room seasonal rack rate.

I've never seen this before so it makes me wonder if they only offer a certain number of rooms at the SMSM rate and then once those are booked up, while still having the rooms available, it jumps up to the standard rack rate.
 

pattyw

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 7, 2008
Hi all,

Noticing something I haven't seen before. Doing a search for rooms at RPR next year for a trip.

The "Standard" rooms do not show a SMSM rate. They are available but only at the "Seasonal" rate, while the Waterview rooms have the SMSM rates available and are actually cheaper than the standard room seasonal rack rate.

I've never seen this before so it makes me wonder if they only offer a certain number of rooms at the SMSM rate and then once those are booked up, while still having the rooms available, it jumps up to the standard rack rate.
Yes- all discounts are limited. Keep checking as I've seen the SMSM pop up at a later time. Happens with Annual pass rates, too!
 

TommyJK

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Joined
Aug 12, 2015
We are staying at Hard Rock the last week of March. We will have a car and I'm wondering what restaurants are nearby and easy to drive to that may be cheaper than City Walk and the parks? We don't want to drive far, but I figure I have the car so I might as well use it. My kids are not into fancy eating, so even fast food will work.

There's a few restaurants on site we're going to so it'd be nice to save on other meals. Extra money for park treats, donuts, and ice cream!
Yes- all discounts are limited. Keep checking as I've seen the SMSM pop up at a later time. Happens with Annual pass rates, too!
Thanks. Just never seen the SMSM rates disappear while there are still rooms in that category available. I'll keep checking back though.
 
  • macraven

    Proud Redhead
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    Joined
    Apr 21, 2003
    SMSM is my go to rate when it is at the 35% discount when booking 7 + nights for a portion for September

    This rate always beats my ap rate

    I start my reservation at the near end of sept and the same rate continues into my stay in October
    $204 plus taxes week nights
    Higher rate for the weekends
     

    Squirlz

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 31, 2000
    Thanks. Just never seen the SMSM rates disappear while there are still rooms in that category available. I'll keep checking back though.
    I'm seeing the same thing. I got a SM rate for September when I booked in January. I just looked and the room is still available (KIng Club) but only at the Seasonal rate which is 50% more!
     

    greg9x

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Apr 21, 2002
    Yeah, same here.. Have SMSM rate for August at RPH.. Looking now only Seasonal rate available.
    Still have SMSM at PB available (but more than rate I have)
     

    damo

    Proud Redhead
    Joined
    Jan 1, 2001
    Yes they do run out. You would think that it would be a straight up discount that is always available from the way it is advertised.
     
  • macraven

    Proud Redhead
    Moderator
    Joined
    Apr 21, 2003
    Hi all,

    Noticing something I haven't seen before. Doing a search for rooms at RPR next year for a trip.

    The "Standard" rooms do not show a SMSM rate. They are available but only at the "Seasonal" rate, while the Waterview rooms have the SMSM rates available and are actually cheaper than the standard room seasonal rack rate.

    I've never seen this before so it makes me wonder if they only offer a certain number of rooms at the SMSM rate and then once those are booked up, while still having the rooms available, it jumps up to the standard rack rate.
    When next year do you plan for your trip?

    I saw smsm rates out 11.5 months out for my late September trip last year

    Had not seen the rates out until then

    Could be smsm rates have not been released yet for your 2020 dates
     

    TommyJK

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 12, 2015
    As a follow up on this, standard rooms became available again on the SMSM rate for my trip next year. So I cancelled my previous booking and re-booked (and saved about $300 in the process).

    So while some room types lose the SMSM rate, they can come back. Best to keep checking.
     

    macraven

    Proud Redhead
    Moderator
    Joined
    Apr 21, 2003
    Conventions book groups of rooms years in advance

    If they cancel out, many rooms are then released to the public
    Smsm rates usually reappear during this time

    I have been able to book with an ideal rate then
    The rooms are quickly listed and sometimes are booked up quickly

    If you don’t see rooms available when you first start checking, don’t give up

    Check frequently especially if you are 3 months out from your planned stay
     

    BWVPam

    Loves being at WDW!
    Joined
    Nov 23, 1999
    Newbie on the Universal site, what is SMSM rates?

    Looking to book for November and the rates are really high
     
  • macraven

    Proud Redhead
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    Joined
    Apr 21, 2003
    On the UO website, it will show the seasons/dates involved for the smsm rates for all of this year

    It lists the smsm discount amount

    I booked with this discount last October for this coming September/October 2019 stay

    Days of 7 days or more have the highest discounts for this general public code
     

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