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€35 for one of the twelve beds in this room and a shared bathroom down the hall (St. Christopher’s Inn, Paris):

$35 for this room, bathroom, welcome chocolates, and drink voucher (Holiday Inn, Krakow):

How did I get a room for $35? I bought the points from Priority Club for 0.7 cents each and exploited their PointBreaks List of steeply discounted award nights.

Points and know-how are getting me a three-day reprieve from hostels at hostel prices. Now if only the Holiday Inn had as fun of a bar as St. Christopher’s hostel.

And by the way: I don’t know what accommodations £35 will get you, but I do know if you want to gain 35 pounds, eat like this:

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