PRE-Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit - Introduction to a "Mattress Run"


Mattress Run - Staying in a hotel for the specific purpose of gaining hotel loyalty points, or elite status.

Most readers would be asking themselves the appropriate question, "Why would anyone stay in a hotel just for points?" This answer is really simple actually.  For my hotel expense of $69, I will get in return 52,380 due to a promotion, that's almost enough points to stay in this hotel twice for free (28,000/night).  The promo makes this stay buy one, get two free - but it could be much more than that.

I do this to hedge against future stays in cities and places where it may be expensive.  For example, if I wanted to visit a couple of Iowa Football games this year:

Here are some choices for hotel stays this season using points:

And another:

This means that my $69 stay in Bangkok will save me $206.55 on future stays for Iowa games (net savings = $137.55).  But you aren't an Iowa fan, so let's make it a little more extravagant.

How about London for New Year's Eve?

That's better!  The rate of £263 translates to $411 USD.  Our $69 expense is now worth $411, that's a return of 590% (a net savings of $342), or if you want to look at it another way, it's the only way to purchase a $69 night in a 5 Star hotel in central London for New Year's Eve.

Now that I have adequately justified my unnecessary hotel expense, look for my upcoming review of Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit coming soon.


Posted on July 4, 2012 and filed under Examples, Hotels, Points and Miles.