Mattress Run – Staying in a hotel for the specific purpose of gaining hotel loyalty points, or elite status.
Most readers would be asking themselves the appropriate question, “Why would anyone stay in a hotel just for points?” This answer is really simple actually. For my hotel expense of $69, I will get in return 52,380 due to a promotion, that’s almost enough points to stay in this hotel twice for free (28,000/night). The promo makes this stay buy one, get two free – but it could be much more than that.
I do this to hedge against future stays in cities and places where it may be expensive. For example, if I wanted to visit a couple of Iowa Football games this year:
Here are some choices for hotel stays this season using points:
This means that my $69 stay in Bangkok will save me $206.55 on future stays for Iowa games (net savings = $137.55). But you aren’t an Iowa fan, so let’s make it a little more extravagant.
How about London for New Year’s Eve?
That’s better! The rate of £263 translates to $411 USD. Our $69 expense is now worth $411, that’s a return of 590% (a net savings of $342), or if you want to look at it another way, it’s the only way to purchase a $69 night in a 5 Star hotel in central London for New Year’s Eve.
Now that I have adequately justified my unnecessary hotel expense, look for my upcoming review of Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit coming soon.