I’ve finally made a decision (at least for now) regarding the question I asked last week about whether I should use points or just pay for my stay at the Conrad Hong Kong. Thanks to everyone that helped out, as some great points were made.
Ultimately I’ve decided to use points. If the rate would have been $150 it would have been a no brainer to pay with cash. If the rate had been $300 it would have been a no brainer to use points, but this was right in the middle and an area in which it seems like a wash either way.
That’s not the main reason I made the decision, though. This stay in Hong Kong is at the beginning of our trip, right after we arrive from YYZ. As of now there’s still availability in first class on the same flight the day before, and our stay happens to be over a weekend. My schedule has changed, allowing us to leave a day earlier if we wanted. In this case we would have a two night stay in Hong Kong over a weekend, so I would probably use a buy one get one free weekend night certificate at the InterContinental Grand Stanford, since the GM still “owes” me club access for my next stay. Since the rate is only about $200USD/night, I’d be paying that for a two night stay including club access, which is a great deal.
The one thing preventing me from making the switch is that we’re the only people booked in first class on our current YYZ-HKG flight, while there are two others already booked on the flight the night before. The lure of potentially having a whole first class cabin to ourselves is quite tempting.
OK, I guess I just solved one question by asking yet another, probably more difficult, question.