Sep162013

IHG 5,000 bonus points at extended stay brands is poor deal

IHG Rewards Club has a 5,000 bonus points rate for stays of 3 nights or more at participating Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites for stays booked with the special rate and completed by December 31, 2013.

My rate checks of two hotels showed this offer is likely a poor value deal for most extended stays with the higher rates charged for the 5,000 bonus points being higher than the cost to buy points by other means.

Staybridge Suites San Jose Sep 20-23, 2013

  • $194.32 per night for 5,000 bonus points rate 1 Bedroom Suite, 1 Queen Bed. Day before arrival cancellation with no penalty.
  • $224.32 per night for 5,000 bonus points rate 1 Bedroom Superior Suite, 1 Queen Bed. Day before arrival cancellation with no penalty.
  • $124.99 per night AAA rate 1 Bedroom Suite, 1 Queen Bed. Day before arrival cancellation with no penalty.
  • $169.99 per night Superior Suite. Day before arrival cancellation with no penalty.

The 5,000 bonus points rate will cost $210 + 14% tax over three nights. A cash and points booking and cancellation allows IHG Rewards Club members to buy 5,000 points for $40 or 10,000 points for $70.

Candlewood Suites Boise Town Square Nov 12-15, 2013

  • $87.99 per night for 5,000 bonus points rate Studio Suite, 1 Queen Bed. Day before arrival cancellation with no penalty.
  • $74.99 per night for AAA rate.

The 5,000 bonus points rate is $39 + tax more than the AAA rate for this same stay. In this case the bonus points could be a good deal for some members to reach IHG Rewards Club elite by elite qualifying points.

 

Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out my page of collated current hotel promotions.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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