As I’ve mentioned several times before, my brother and mom are traveling to Egypt in less than two months, and since it’s the start of the high season over there, a lot of hotels/tours/cruises are already sold out, so it’s getting down to the wire. Anyway, for the last two days they’re in Cairo they want to stay at the Le Meridien Pyramids, which is $180/night, or $220+/night including tax. That’s awfully pricey.
Anyway, for the heck of it I decided to check how many SPG points those nights would cost, and since it’s a category 1 hotel it was only 3,000 points for the first night and 2,000 points for the second night (since it’s a weekend night), for a total of 5,000 points. 5,000 points can be purchased directly from SPG for just $175 (SPG points cost $0.035/point), which is less than half of the retail price!
Since my brother had some orphan SPG points he only had to purchase a total of 1,500 points, which cost around $50. While I know they won’t earn stay credits or points, I’m still amazed by situations like this.
So the lesson to be learned: buying points doesn’t always have to be a bad deal!