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How I Pay for Last-Minute Hotel Bookings

A few days ago, I was working on the itinerary for our upcoming trip to Northern Europe when I realized I had overlooked an important detail. We won’t arrive in Chicago until almost 11:00 p.m. on the day we fly home from Copenhagen, Denmark, and we still have three hours to drive home after we land.

We were going to need a hotel — and fast — since the trip was fast approaching and I know my husband won’t want to drive overnight. (Side note: I am definitely not driving overnight) Fortunately, I have a stash of points I always use for surprise hotel stays just like this one.

Yes, I’m talking about Chase Ultimate Rewards. In this case, I wound up booking a free night at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel with free breakfast for 12,840 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. That’s actually more than I wanted to pay for an airport hotel, but we’ve stayed here a few times so I like the fact that I know what I’m getting.

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