I’ve been asking way too many questions on my blog lately, but I’ve received so much valuable help that I’ll do it one more time. Some of you may remember that back in December I asked how short of a stay is too short for booking a hotel room. Well, the trip where I have a 5.5 hour layover in SEA is this weekend, and I was planning on just camping out at the airport. However, I just caught a cold (although it’s not too bad yet), and since I’m not canceling the trip (it only cost about $30 after vouchers, and I wouldn’t get that money back), I decided I’ll get a hotel to at least get a few hours of sleep.
Unfortunately I have too many options, and in this case I’m far too indecisive to make a decision on my own, so I’m looking to you for help. My options are:
Priceline a hotel
Pros: The cheapest option
Cons: I could end up in any hotel, and as I learned the hard way last week, some hotels don’t have 24 hour shuttles. That means I might end up paying $50 in cab fares, if I end up in a hotel without a 24 hour shuttle. Also, I won’t earn points.
Book a Hilton family hotel
Pros: I’d earn points, stay credits, BMI miles, and even extra points thanks to the current double points promo
Cons: It’s about $110 with tax
Book a Holiday Inn Hotel using the Entertainment Card rate
Pros: The Entertainment Card rate is $75, and I might earn points to justify this solely as a mattress run
Cons: I might not earn points, since technically Entertainment Card rates don’t qualify. Furthermore, my Entertainment Card expired in November, and I haven’t renewed, although I have a feeling I could get away with it since the expiration date is hardly visible.
Book a Holiday Inn Hotel on a published rate
Pros: I’ll definitely earn points (and probably lots of them)
Cons: It’s about $110, which is a bit steep
So, wise people, what say you?