When I got home from work (hooray for the train!), I had a message from scott_sanford advising me that Lisa had arrived safely at the hotel in Portland. I was quite relieved about that, because when I called that hotel this morning to confirm that she'd be able to check in even though it's my hotel points buying the room, I had so much difficulty understanding the thickly-accented person at the hotel that I was concerned that my message had not gotten through. However, it appears all is well, and I'm glad to be able to get some value out of the Choice Hotels points I earned for all of that time I had to spend at the Travelodge in Yuba City after my grandfather died.
I could have bought the rooms in Klamath Falls on Priority Club points, too, but they're running a double-points offer right now, and also it's usually in my best interest to redeem the points on the hotels in the higher-prices locations. Often, the cash cost of a particular IC Hotel only has a vague relationship to its points cost.
When setting up the trip, I couldn't figure out why the Holiday Inn Resort just north of K-Falls was $5/night less than the theoretically lower-end Holiday Inn Express downtown. Lisa pointed out that the "Resort" doesn't include breakfast. That makes it slightly more logical, I think.