Use Hotel Points!!!
I just booked a couple of hotels in Florida using points from 2 different Hotel programs who coincidentally will become the same company soon enough- maybe (Starwood/Marriott)
The point is – you don’t need to spend extra hundreds of dollars when you need a hotel for a night (or week). Both my hotel nights were for airport hotels in Miami.
These aren’t cheap hotels either – one was the night we arrive in Miami and the other for the day before we fly out.
As a side note this also lets you stay on vacation longer – condo rentals in Florida and other places generally rent Saturday – Saturday.
So in my quick example here:
- I used 25,000 Marriott points to stay in a Miami Airport location Fairfield Inn. It comes to about $250 CDN a night so I end up getting about 1 cent per point used for Marriott Rewards. On average in the industry they are valued at about 0.7 cent so I beat the average. Better yet, I get a free night after a long flight and the whole family gets a free breakfast too. Complimentary shuttle to/from airport as well.
- I used 7,000 Starpoints to stay in a Miami Airport location Aloft. It actually comes to $450 CDN a night so I end up getting about 6.5 cents per point used for Starwood. That is amazing value. On average in the industry they are valued at 2.5-3 cents so I do very well here. Again, free night before our flight out, comp. shuttle.
You may not care about the math, but it comes down to this.
$700 CDN worth of hotels in Miami for free for 2 nights.
And we still have many points leftover.
See our page on “How Do You Do this” on how to get started – really worth it right now with our low CDN dollar.