The US dollar is too strong to justify paying in points in Australia (see Too Cheap for Points, Too Much for Cash: DoubleTree Darwin). My bank account is too weak to pay $120 a night for Holiday Inns.
Perhaps you have a great bottle of wine you were supposed to bring home for a special occasion. Perhaps you have the thirsties and do not like to wait. Perhaps you are slightly hungry. If so, and it happens to be a Wednesday, go to Trattoria Emilia.
Fixated with constructing the best points itinerary beheld by all of mankind, I forgot common sense in making my booking from Melbourne to Wellington. I elected to use Avios to fly business on Qantas. The fare should've been 40,000 points and a nominal amount in tax. Instead after hours arguing with terrible British Airways customer service, I ended up paying $260 which included improper fuel surcharges.
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