...I was looking to use an award at a Category 5 hotel this fall. It is offered for either 25,000 points or 14,000 points plus $65.
I've never seen this before. Interesting. The Member rate for the hotel is $400 for the night I want to stay, but if I'm looking at
this correctly, by taking the reciprocal of the point/$ ratio, it comes out to about $150/night using points and $$$, which is a pretty
good deal, given the $400/night rate.
Does anyone agree/disagree with my analysis?
If you say 25,000 points = $400 (1.6 cents per point),
Then 14,000 points would be equal to $224.
Add the $65 and the total 'cost' would be $289/night.
Or, looked at another way, you are buying 11,000 points for $65, which is a return of about 169 points per dollar.
...at least that is how I would calculate it.