IHG Rewards

Now Bookable: 125+ IHG Hotels For Just 5,000 Points Per Night!

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IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks is traditionally one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. Through this promotion, select hotels are available for just 5,000 points per night. I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me that’s the equivalent of booking a hotel stay for ~$25 per night.

Also keep in mind that if you have the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card you get a 10% refund on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points back each year. That means for the first million points you redeem each year you get a 10% discount, so you’d be paying an effective 4,500 points for each PointBreaks night.

IHG’s newest round of PointBreaks hotels is now bookable at the below links (we shared the list on Friday before it became bookable), valid for bookings and stays between January 30 and April 30, 2017. There are 125+ hotels participating in this round of PointBreaks, and as of now they’re actually bookable.

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Here Are The 100+ IHG Hotels That Will Be Bookable For 5K Points On Monday

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As I posted about yesterday, IHG Rewards Club’s next PointBreaks list will be bookable starting on Monday. PointBreaks is one of IHG’s best promotions, where you can book select hotels for only 5,000 points per night. I value those points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me that’s like booking select hotels for just ~$25 per night.

As you’d expect, for the most part they’re not putting their best hotels on the list, so don’t expect to score the InterContinental Sydney or Paris through this offer. However, they do often have some decent properties on the list, with the best hotels selling out quickest.

Therefore it’s always worth taking a look at the PointBreaks list before it actually becomes bookable, so that you can potentially plan your travels and book the second the list goes live in Monday.

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Preview Of IHG’s Next PointBreaks List, Which Will Go Live On January 30

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IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks is traditionally one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. Through this promotion, select hotels are available for just 5,000 points per night. Since IHG Rewards Club points can be purchased for as little as 0.575 cents per point, that’s like booking stays at certain hotels for an incredible ~$29 per night.

I’ve just been informed that IHG Rewards Club will be releasing the full list of new PointBreaks hotels tomorrow (Friday, January 27) at 12PM EST. At that point the new PointBreaks list can be found here, which will be valid for bookings and stays between January 30 and April 30, 2017 (though the better hotels tend to sell out pretty quickly).

They’ve provided a sampling of some of the 100+ hotels that will be on the list, including the following:

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The 7 Best Hotel Perks Offered By Credit Cards

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There are many reasons to pick up a credit card — some are worth picking up for the sign-up bonus, some are worth picking up for the return they offer on everyday spend, and some are worth picking up for the long-term perks they offer.

While there are all kinds of perks offered on cards, in this post I figured I’d look at the best hotel perks you can get with credit cards. Here are my favorites, roughly in order:

The Citi Prestige® Card has my single favorite perk offered by any credit card. While a lot of credit cards offer some type of “free night” hotel benefit, there are usually major strings attached. Citi Prestige’s fourth night free benefit is the most straightforward out there. To sum up the basics:

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How Long Is The IHG Annual Free Night Certificate Valid For?

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A couple of days ago I wrote about the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which I consider to be a “no brainer” for a vast majority of consumers. The card has just a $49 annual fee (which is waived the first year), and offers three huge perks:

— You get an anniversary free night certificate every year, which is valid at any IHG property worldwide, pending availability; given IHG’s global footprint, that should justify the card for just about anyone
— You get IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card, which gets you bonus points, room upgrades, etc.
— You get a 10% rebate on points redemptions, for up to 100,000 points back each year

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In Light Of IHG’s Latest Devaluation…

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As I wrote about earlier, today is the last day to book IHG free nights before the cost of reward nights at over 650 hotels changes tomorrow. There’s no denying that the value of IHG points has decreased over the past year.

Early last year IHG increased the number of points required for stays at their most expensive properties, and also increased the cost of stays at many other properties. Now they’re raising the cost for award stays at roughly 500 of their hotels.

So while my valuation of IHG points is going down, in my opinion there’s more value than ever before with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which I consider to be one of the most lucrative hotel credit cards out there. As a matter of fact, for the “average consumer,” I tend to think it’s the single best hotel credit card out there.

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Last Chance: Book IHG Award Nights Before Prices Increase Tomorrow

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As I first wrote about a couple of weeks ago, IHG Rewards Club is making some significant hotel award category changes as of January 15, 2017. That means if you want to lock in hotel stays at the old rates, you’ll want to book today.

Since IHG doesn’t have traditional categories that all hotels fall into (but rather pricing varies by brand and then specific property within each brand), there’s not one place where you can easily see the cost of all properties. However, here’s a chart of all the hotels that are changing categories as of tomorrow, January 15.

We’re seeing the cost of free nights at over 650 hotels change, and at roughly 500 of those hotels, the price of an award night is increasing. A majority of the changes are for properties in the United States, though there are many non-U.S. properties changing price as well. We’re seeing the cost of free nights change anywhere between 5,000 and 15,000 points per night, which is pretty substantial.

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IHG Is Raising Award Prices At Hundreds Of Hotels As Of January 15, 2017

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IHG Rewards Club doesn’t have a traditional category-based award chart. While hotels have year-round award prices, they don’t belong to a specific category. Instead the cost of an award night is typically tied to which brand a hotel belongs to, and then there’s some variance within each brand.

On the low end, IHG Rewards Club free night awards cost 10,000 points, while on the high end they cost 60,000 points. Then IHG has PointBreaks hotels, which are available for a limited time for 5,000 points per night.

Well, it looks like IHG Rewards Club has just announced some significant hotel award price changes, valid for bookings as of January 15, 2017.

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One Change I’d Like To See 5 Major Hotel Loyalty Programs Make

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Everyone has their own reasons for why they have a preferred loyalty program. Even though we may love our preferred programs, chances are there are still things we’d like to see them change. There are practical things we’d like to see them change (things that allow them to catch-up with the competition), and then also more aspirational changes (like unlimited presidential suite upgrades and spa treatments).

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to look at five of the most popular loyalty programs, and changes they should make to catch up with the competition. This list isn’t intended to be about the greatest changes I’d like to see them make, but rather about fairly minor yet substantial changes they could make to catch up with the competition. In other words, what’s one area where the major hotel loyalty programs are lagging?

In no particular order:

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IHG Unveils Their First Accelerate Promotion Of 2017

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For the most couple of years, most of IHG’s global hotel promotions have been customized. Everyone gets some type of offer, but different members get targeted for different versions of the offer. The logic is that hotel loyal programs want to generate incremental business, so they’d rather try to get you to increase the business you’d otherwise give them, rather than just reward you for stays you’d make anyway.

The past several such promotions have been called “Accelerate,” and IHG is now back with their latest version of the offer. IHG has just announced the details of their latest Accelerate offer, valid for stays between January 1 and April 15, 2017.

You can now go to this page to see your IHG Accelerate offer, and register for it.

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Last Chance: 2 Great Promos For Buying Hotel Points

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Both Hilton and IHG have promotions on the purchase of points, with one ending today, and the other ending tomorrow, so I figured it was worth recapping them:

— Today (December 5) is the last day where you can buy Hilton points for 50% off
— Tomorrow (December 6) is the last day where you can buy IHG points with a 100% bonus

Keep in mind that both loyalty programs limit the number of points you can purchase per calendar year, and there’s a decent chance that this will be the last promotion they offer this year. The details of the two promotions are as follows:

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Cyber Week Deal: Buy IHG Points With A 100% Bonus

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IHG Rewards Club is offering a bonus on purchased points this week, valid through December 2, 2016. Through this offer, IHG Rewards Club is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points. They’re marketing this as a cyber week sale, and it’s on par with the best bonus they usually offer on purchased points.

The 100% bonus applies as long as you purchase at least 5,000 points.

If you max out this promotion and purchase 60,000 points you’d end up paying $690 and would get a total of 120,000 IHG Rewards Club points.

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IHG Clarifies Their Confusing Booking Clarification Email

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A few days ago I wrote about how IHG sent an email to members with a “member booking update,” which was very poorly handled. In the email they stated that as of January 1, 2017, members would only receive the full benefits that come with IHG Rewards Club membership when booking directly through IHG, and not when booking through other travel booking sites.

This is certainly the trend in the industry, as hotels are trying to reduce bookings through online travel agencies as much as possible, given that they have to pay them a commission.

However, there were two problems with IHG’s email:

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IHG Cuts Benefits On Third Party Bookings… Again

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One of the major trends we’ve seen in the hotel industry recently is hotels emphasizing that they want you to book directly with them. When you book through an online travel agency, hotels have to pay a big commission, and that’s an area where they feel they can cut costs.

That’s why hotels have been doing everything they can to encourage you to book directly with them.

For example, most of the major hotel chains now offer member only rates, the intent of which is that you get a small discount when you book directly with the hotel. Many consumers are under the impression that you get the best deal through online travel agencies, though now hotels are emphasizing that they have the best rates for their rooms.

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