CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Had I used Marriott points, I would have gotten less than 0.5 cpp.
The cash rate wasn't a particular bargain. Cash rates in the general area were a bit low last weekend, and there was some category inflation at work.
CarefulBuilder14 wrote:A Cat 1 hotel may cost $100 cash or 7500 points. That's 1.33 cpp. Okay, but nothing special.
A Cat 9 hotel may cost $250 cash or 45000 points. That's 0.56 cpp. Much worse.
Occupancy taxes, and the room rate on which they are calculated, will complicate this a bit.
I'd modify this a bit. Based on research for a future trip, Marriott rates can rise a lot at times, and several hotels in an area can raise their rates together, quickly.
So you can get a more reasonable deal - but still not a great one - if you spend 35k-45k points for a room that would cost $400-$500 during a busy period.
So for my next trip, I think I may transfer some UR points to Hyatt for about a 2.3 cpp redemption rate. It would be better to use them for vacation/fun, but I'm not getting reimbursed by anyone on this trip and it is an efficient use of them.