February 13, 2012
Hotel Award Nights Oops
This morning’s post about when to use points for hotel award nights has some kinks I’m trying to work out. Ric of Loyalty Traveler pointed out that I had initially set the bar too high for Hilton HHonors. I agreed with him and went ahead and adjusted the Hilton formula. Since then I’ve also looked deeper into Club Carlson and found that it’s quite rare to get the Fair Trading Price of .7 cents when redeeming points. I looked at 12 hotel rooms in Chicago, London, and Paris and calculated the value per point one would get for hotel awards on a random day. I found that for properties costing more than $200 per night, Club Carlson points were worth, on average, .78 cents each. For less expensive rooms, the points were worth, on average, only .33 cents each. Therefore, I split the difference and set a target of .6 cents for Club Carlson redemptions. I plan to look deeper into each program to evaluate the formulas and I’ll adjust them as necessary. Of course, I’ll let you know anytime the formula changes.
The 36 miles per dollar promotion has ended early. Most likely someone at Nordstrom figured out that they were giving away the farm and put and end to it. My points are still showing as pending. Hopefully they won’t try to renege on the deal!
My first shipment of Nordstrom junk arrived today. Now to start selling…
Win a Nook Contest
The Write a Book, Win a Nook contest is almost over! Tomorrow (Feb 14th) at noon I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments people have posted. Good luck everyone!