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Blackout Dates Versus Capacity Control?  Different, but same result?

Question asked by ssindc on Jul 2, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 16, 2013 by bpelican

Well, you learn something new every day.  I just got a quick, informative summary from mikiegfla about the difference between blackout dates and capacity control.

I'm sure there's more, but I found it all to be rather informative.

Ultimately, it convinces me that I've been an unusually lucky (or, I guess, easy to please) Marriott customer for many (many) years. [I've even got one of those Marriott Marquis luggage tags to prove it:]  Fortunately, I've never been blacked out trying to use my points - ever.  Indeed, I'll never forget the time I was booking a week in Europe with my family at a nice hotel, only to learn that the week I wanted was eligible for a Points Saver rate - that's was awesome!!!!

All of which begs two questions:

  • Have you had experience being blacked out (or constrained by a capacity control)? and
  • If so, does your recent experience suggest that you are more likely to be blacked out (or constrained by a capacity control) today or it's still the luck of the draw?