When Paying More Than Double For Your Hotel Room Is A Good Thing
Did he say double? This must be some clickbait ‘ish, there is no way paying more than double for a hotel stay is a good thing. Did this train of thought just run through your mind? I don’t blame you, it is a big pill to swallow. But with ninja stacking skills our Facebook Group moderator, Kevin S., was able to do just that. Let me share his break down with you.
Crunching the Numbers
Here is what Kevin posted in our Facebook Group (you should join if you are not in there already 😉).
Remember to consider the “stack”!
Net cost, ignoring tax, on the cheap rate:
- $159 x 2 = $318
- Earn: 318 @ 4x on WOH card: 1272 WOH, valued at $19.
- Net cost $299.
Net cost, ignoring tax, on the $369:
- $369 x 2 = $738
- Less: Amex Offer for $150 back
- Less: Amex Platinum renewal $200 credit towards Amex Travel
- Less: $100 property credit from FHR booking.
- Earn: 738 @ 5x on Amex Plat: 3690 Membership Rewards, valued at $55
- Earn: 738 @ 5x Hyatt base points: 3690 World of Hyatt points (WOH), valued at $55
- Earn: Bonus Journeys 738 @ 15x Hyatt bonus points: 11,070 WOH, valued at $166
- Earn: Globalist bonus 738 @ 1.5x Hyatt bonus points: 1107 WOH, valued at $16.
- Net cost: -$4 for two nights. THAT’S RIGHT, I’m staying for “free”
A few additional notes:
The Amex FHR rate would also include breakfast, room upgrade if available, and as a Globalist, free valet parking.
You could argue that the $100 property credit isn’t worth $100 if you won’t actually be spending any money at all on property. That’s fair, but since I’m bringing a dog, that will go 100% to the pet fee!
Plus, I’ll earn 2 elite credits, one towards 2020 and one towards 2021. I value those at around $30, but I won’t include that in the valuation above.
Kevin also admitted to me he forgot to add in the American Airlines miles he will be earning on the stay, so it even gets a little better than what is listed above.
Talk about some epic stacking! Even if you look at just the cash outlay it is $388, after accounting for two of the credits, versus $318 for the cheaper stay. That isn’t that much more coming out of your pocket up front, but you get a ton of miles and points because of it.
Remember to never judge a book by its cover. Discovering the best deals is a part of our miles and points D.N.A. and Kevin just knocked it out of the park! (Park for Park Hyatt…see what I did there 🤣?) Hopefully he has inspired you to do some serious stacking on your next trip.