Lower Price vs. Higher Price and More Points

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  1. Efilon87

    Efilon87 Silver Member

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    Currently booking a hotel in Shanghai in the beginning of December. Going through the Ultimate Rewards Mall, hotels.com has a cost for 3 nights of $415. With that I will earn an additional 5pts/$. Also looked at Orbitz.com, the cost of three nights (with a promo code) is $337. I would earn an extra 1pt/$.

    Would you take the lower cost for less points but save money OR pay the slightly higher for 5x more points?

    Thanks!!

    ~Efilon87
     
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    tondoleo Gold Member

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    I would take the cash savings
     
  3. Efilon87

    Efilon87 Silver Member

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    Thanks!! Forgot to mention (my mistake for not looking at room type) but the higher priced one is in an upgraded category. Though I am still inclined to save money.
     
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    In my Book Cash $$ is King eventhough i love my Points:D . So i would take the discount..
     
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  5. traveltoomuch

    traveltoomuch Silver Member

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    If I'm doing the math right, that's $78 for 1738 UR points, or 4.5 cents/point.

    Keep the cash.
     
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    bubucheng New Member

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    I will choose the cheaper one
     
  7. gconnery

    gconnery Silver Member

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    Take the cheaper one if you don't know or aren't willing to do the math.

    If you are willing to do the math, take the number of points you'll earn multiplied by a reasonable valuation for them (maybe 2 cents for a UR point, maybe 0.4 cents for Hilton, etc. YMMV) and compare.

    I didn't do the math but the difference here seems obvious. Go with the cheaper one.
     

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