I used to be completely in agreement with the idea of spreading it around. I often voted for the person I thought who could use the perk and wouldn't be able to afford to go on their own. I went so far as to decline nomination because I knew I was attending anyway.
However, lately I've been rethinking. Obviously, "attending" and "being a delegate" are not the same thing, but only lately has that mattered to me. With some of the things happening (concerned Nazirenes, inerrancy debate, etc.), I for the first time, really want to make sure our delegate is informed and has the "right" views. (By "right," of course, I mean someone who aligns with my views--afterall, it is MY vote I'm talking about). Thus, if the small church guy without much money, who could use the opportunity, happens to be an undercover fundy, he won't get my vote.