use award or pay for one night?

Old Feb 25, 02, 3:28 pm
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use award or pay for one night?


OK, to those who have a minute to brainstorm...please consider this:

I just redeemed a 35,000 award for
2 wkend nights at same hotel from an HH
balance of 52,000 pts to attend
a one-day conference at own expense.
The hotel has airport shuttle even
though hotel is on other side of town.
The conference location is right across
the street. The agent gave me the upgrade
and related lounge privilege over the phone
when I booked. But...

My first thought was to pay $62 at the
hotel I wanted and stay at another HGI
with a point saver award of 12,000 (the
HGI was an exec level). The second night
would have been $80.00 due to the hotel
anticipating the conference, I suppose.
I would have needed a rental car
in addition to get between hotels.
The Hilton where I have the two
nights did not have any reduced point
award rooms in April when I need it.
The car would have been at least $30.00.

There are many dining places near the hotel
within walking so that is a plus.

Should I have spent the points now? I
don't see any bonus promos for past 31March.

Anyone got any suggestions? IF I make a
phone call from the room, can I at least
get some air mileage? Any insight is greatly
appreciated. Thanks!
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Old Feb 26, 02, 8:07 am
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Bumping to the top hoping for a reply...

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Old Feb 26, 02, 8:49 am
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Not sure if you would get miles, but if you charge something small to the room (phone or meal) then you should at least get stay credit. Are you trying to maintain Gold status or anything? If so, then that makes a difference.

As for the points vs. $$, I think a nice round number to use is 1 cent per point. (I am using 150k points for 6 nights in NYC that would normally cost $1800.)

Of course, if you use $$ instead of points, it could be a tax write-off if for business purposes (I am not a CPA).
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Old Feb 26, 02, 8:51 am
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I'm not sure I understand all the information but here's what I get:

2 nights

option 1: 35,000 points

option 2: $62 + 12,000 points

option 3: $142

not sure about the car, airport, dining information. I'm assuming you have access to VIP awards from the upgrade request.

For me, I place a value of $.01 per point based upon a 6 night VIP award valued at $1000 for 100,000 points.

Option 1 gives a value of $.004 per point. No point earned. Cost if you use $.01 per point = $350

Option 2 gives a value of $.0066 per point. Earning 1770 points (base + 25% + 1000 online bonus) Cost (~10,000 points) $100 (point value)+$62=$162

Option 3 gives you 2770 points (base + 25% + 1000 online booking) Cost $142 - $28 (point value)= $114.

I guess this is why I have more points than dollars Hope I don't die before I get to use them.

Have a good trip.


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Old Feb 26, 02, 9:35 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by drtravels:
I'm not sure I understand all the information but here's what I get:

2 nights

option 1: 35,000 points

option 2: $62 + 12,000 points

option 3: $142

not sure about the car, airport, dining information. I'm assuming you have access to VIP awards from the upgrade request.

For me, I place a value of $.01 per point based upon a 6 night VIP award valued at $1000 for 100,000 points.

Option 1 gives a value of $.004 per point. No point earned. Cost if you use $.01 per point = $350

Option 2 gives a value of $.0066 per point. Earning 1770 points (base + 25% + 1000 online bonus) Cost (~10,000 points) $100 (point value)+$62=$162

Option 3 gives you 2770 points (base + 25% + 1000 online booking) Cost $142 - $28 (point value)= $114.

I guess this is why I have more points than dollars Hope I don't die before I get to use them.

Have a good trip.

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It it was me, Id probably go for $62 plus 12000 points. Seems a good value to me

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Old Feb 26, 02, 8:08 pm
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Does charging something to your room on an award stay really work to give stay credit?
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Old Feb 26, 02, 8:53 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by FarAway:
Does charging something to your room on an award stay really work to give stay credit?</font>
Definitely. I've found a $.75 folio for a phone call on an award stay enough to get me a stay credit.

To the original question, I often value convenience and less stress above money, and to me a hotel shuttle is immensely less stressful than renting a car and then driving it in a strange city. Often this will swing my decision as to which hotel property I will book. To each our own, though.
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Old Feb 27, 02, 8:12 am
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I was at a Starwood hotel once, and sent my wife to pay the $.75 bill (Priceline stay but wanted credit for the stay).

She came back and said "They said don't worry about the small phone charge, we'll take care of it."

Doh!
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