Old Dec 1, 14, 2:30 am
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Originally Posted by msp3 View Post
You would imagine that staying somewhere for free instead of actually paying for anything would color your perceptions a bit, to say the least...
Not true, in my experience. If nothing else, points have alternative uses so blowing them on a hotel that stinks is still a waste. It also isnt as if most of the readers of these sites can't afford a hotel.

If I am in a bad hotel, I am more angry about the fact that I am wasting one of my few remaining nights on this planet in such a dump (midlife crisis showing here :-) ) than whether I paid cash or points.

It is slightly more of an issue for airline reviews - someone who saved for a year to get together the money for a long haul business class flight ticket would, I agree, take a tougher line than someone who travels for business or who redeems miles, and those are the people who write the reviews.
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