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Paris, France: Best Hotels for Free Using Points

Screen Shot 2014-03-01 at 7.27.41 PMThe goal: Find the best value luxury hotel in Paris using either Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards points.

AMEX Membership Rewards Options in Paris

AMEX Transfer Partner Options:

  • Choice Privileges (Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion etc…) : 1:1 ratio
  • Hilton HHonors (Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites etc…): 1 Amex = 1.5 Hilton ratio
  • Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel = 80k points or 189€ (~1) = 0.48 cents/point return.
  • Starwood Preferred Guest (W Hotels, Westin, Le Meridien, St.Screen Shot 2014-03-01 at 7.22.17 PM 20€ (~$857) or 0.95 cents/point return
    • Best Western: 1:1 ratio
    • Very few available on points but the (relative) nicest = 36k points or 189 (~$261) = 0.73 cents/point return
    • Destination Hotels & Resorts: 30k-40k points for 1-night certificate

    Seeing how terrible most of these values are on the transfer rates make it worthwhile to take a look at the fixed-value AMEX redemptions, gift cards:

    AMEX Fixed Value (Gift Card) Options:

    giphyBasically, AMEX has devalued the options here so that the max value you can extract is 0.83 cents/point– pretty pathetic.

    • Marriott: 60k points for a 0 giftcard = 0.83 cents/point
    • Mandarin Oriental: 120k points for a 00 giftcard = 0.83 cents/point
    • There’s only 1 Mandarin Oriental in Paris and a night will run you 849€ (~$1173)
  • Four Seasons: 120k points for a $1000 giftcard = 0.83 cents/point
      Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris nightly rate = 1150€ (~$1589)
  • AMEX Travel Options:

    So, this one is the worse deal yet: if you book through AMEX Travel, you’ll get a fixed return of 0.75 cents/point. For example, a sample booking of the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome prices out to , 291.82 for a 1-night stay, AMEX would require 172, 243 points for this redemption.

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    Please, PLEASE don’t use your AMEX points like this, unless you’ve got an unlimited supply and have this attitude:

    Chase Ultimate Rewards Options for Paris, France

    Chase Point Transfer Partners:

    • Hyatt Gold Passport (Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Andaz etc…): 1:1 ratio
    • Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome = 30k points or 804€ (~$1111) = 3.70 cents/point
  • IHG Rewards Club (Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental, Holiday Inn etc…): 1:1 ratio
      InterContinental : Paris – Le Grand = 50k points or 328€ (~$453) = 0.91 cents/point
  • Marriott Rewards (JW Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph Collection etc…): 1:1 ratio
      Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees = 45k points or 469€ (~$648) = 1.44 cents/point
  • The Ritz-Carlton Rewards: 1:1 ratio
  • Chase Gift Card Options

    Chase has a few travel gift cards, as well– they’re all a better rate than AMEX: typically 10k points for a $100 gift card = 1 cent/point value for Chase gift card redemptions.

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