I just booked 5 nights for mardi gras with my spg points for 40k spg miles when the rack price was $650 a day(fifth night free)! so i basically got 8.125 cents per each mile! that is awesome . I also got a south west flight with 36k miles (with great timing) . Mardi gras is an awesome event and you can get free rooms for it feb 12th till the 17th ( or 18th if you wanna stay for fat Tuesday night). Honestly everyone there is going to spend at least $3000 so if you can stay there for 40k spg miles and 36k southwest points i sure as hell would do it if i were you ! act fast as for now rooms are still open for points.