The $30 for a 5,000 points Pointbreaks reward night at the Holiday Inn Santa Maria finally got her thinking that perhaps she should try and work this hotel loyalty thing with a little more effort. The $12 credit for morning breakfast at the Holiday Inn turned something on in her head. She called to ask me about the Priority Club stay two times and get one free night promotion with IHG.
“Yeah. That is the best deal out there at the moment. You can stay at two Holiday Inns or Holiday Inn Express or their other brands like Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites and Crowne Plaza and then you get a free night at some place like the InterContinental Montelucia in Scottsdale. You have from December 1 through May 31, 2011 to use the free night.”
No need to confuse her by mentioning Hotel Indigo. She won’t likely be around one anytime soon before she goes to Scottsdale.
I offered to put her and her old man up at the Hyatt Mar Monte Santa Barbara or the Four Points Ventura on a points reward. In retrospective mode, she said the weather in Ventura and Santa Barbara had been the best of any place in California where they had traveled over the past week and perhaps they should have stopped.
But they were Orange County bound.
Two nights in Anaheim at the adjacent properties of Staybridge Suites Anaheim and Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort around Disneyland cost $80 each night after tax for the two of them.
InterContinental Montelucia next February for Tuesday February 8, 2011 is $361 base rate and nearly $420 for one night after tax.
This is hotel loyalty program arbitrage. This deal can be repeated at IHG brand hotels to earn up to 5 free nights after 10 hotel stays. Spend something like $800 for 10 hotel stays by December 31, 2010 with IHG brand hotels and a $2,000 resort five night vacation is within your grasp.
Mom finally gets it!