A few months back I launched a hotel search engine/comparison tool which allows users to compare paid & award rates across 8 major hotel brands. Since its launch I've collected a whole bunch of data (anonymized, naturally) including average room rates for searched destinations and dates. With only one or three queries the data is somewhat biased. As the number of queries grows, however, the bias should mostly work its way out and lead to some interesting views on average numbers. Calculating average room rate and redemption value across each award category is one of those interesting bits, at least to me. The results suggest that Category 1-5 hotels are much more commonly available than Category 6 & 7 (~89% versus ~81%) and also that Category 1 & Category 2 hotels have, on average, much higher point values for redemptions. Also, the numbers do not change materially when C&P redemption is added to the mix, though the points do generally increase in value. There's another chart of that available if you click on the chart above and read the details on my blog post about it. Of course, there are many reasons average values are not a good proxy for overall rates, but I still find myself rather intrigued by the numbers. And it just might change the way you look at booking cheaper SPG hotels, especially if you can get them at the ridiculously low reward rates they often have.