Camp Mom South America is only two weeks away and I need your help. I don’t know if it’s the new continent thing, if it’s the off-season part or just plain indecision but I’m struggling with two of my hotel choices. I’m hoping someone out there has experience with either and can give me some guidance. Here’s my over-reaching question: how do you decide when to splurge on hotels and when to save?
I’ve nailed down a couple of criteria but then have two specific situations where I’m having trouble taking my own advice. That’s where you come in.
When to Splurge on Hotels
- When the hotel itself is the destination (IE Hyatt Cannes Martinez.) The historic property was on my bucket list, so the category 7 points plus cash plus suite upgrade made sense. Although to be fair the view from the Holiday Inn Cannes was nicer.
- When it’s a once in a lifetime destination or event. Macy’s Parade and Bastille Day Fireworks come to mind. Although neither of those hotels was particularly high end, I would have spent what it took to make either happen.
- When you’re celebrating a personal milestone.
Otherwise, I tend to find a balance on the comfort/price scale, even when using points. Two destinations coming up have really put me into a dilemma.
The only hotel with a view of the falls is the Sheraton Iguazu. The Sheraton requires us to reserve two rooms for four people at a gag-worthy price of 24,000 Starpoints a night. The hotel itself is dated and gets mixed reviews if not for the view.
Almost 50K Starpoints for two nights? That’s easily a week at an equally nice or nicer property in a different location. We’re probably not making it back to Iguazu so my own criteria says to go for it- and they are points from signup bonuses. However the thought of it makes me want to throw up.
San Pedro de Atacama
Hotels in San Pedro go from 5 star all-inclusive resorts to two star hostels with nothing in between. I technically have the Ultimate Rewards points to get three nights at $900 (ACK) a night for the three of us at the five star property.
Again, it’s a once in a lifetime destination, but it’s also just me and the Deal Kids so I feel guilty blowing out the budget without Deal Dad in tow. Yes, the all inclusive includes meals and tours but I have trouble thinking how we’ll spend the extra $800/day over the two star on food and tour guides, no matter how special.
That said, I’d hate to have a less-than-optimal experience and know I could have afforded to go all out.
Hence my dilemmas. I know these are first world problems but would appreciate your input, especially if you have visited either destination.
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