Posted by Ric Garrido

The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas are InterContinental Alliance Resorts affiliated with the IHG hotel chain. This post analyzes whether the 4,000 bonus points is a good deal when the available rates are $20 lower per night as a Grazie member for the same dates.

Earn 4,000 IHG points with a 2-night stay by January 5, 2013.

The Venetian IHG bonus points booking link.

The Palazzo IHG bonus points booking link.

IHG winter in Venice

Winter in Venice is a current promotion for The Venetian and The Palazzo. This is somewhat of a theme for the resort and not an IHG promotion name.

WINTER IN VENICE

BOOK NOW TO EARN AN ADDITIONAL
4,000 IHG® REWARDS CLUB POINTS

If you’re looking to have a unique holiday experience, then look no further than the Winter in Venice™ celebration at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® in Las Vegas. Just book your consecutive two-night stay at the Winter in Venice rate here between November 18, 2013 and January 5, 2014 and you’ll be rewarded with the Passaporto di Winter in Venice with over $1,000 in resort extras plus an additional 4,000 IHG® Rewards Club Points for booking through us.

With a nightly winter parade, whimsical tree-lighting ceremonies, a breathtaking skating rink above The Venetian’s romantic outdoor canal and an additional 4,000 IHG® Rewards Club Points, there’s no better place than Winter in Venice to experience a rewarding holiday vacation. And there’s no better time than now to book it.

Rate Analysis

There is an interesting difference between the Intercontinental Alliance Resorts program and Hyatt-Mlife with the MGM resorts in Las Vegas. Hyatt and MGM Mlife combined loyalty programs, whereas IHG Rewards Club and Grazie, the loyalty program for The Venetian and The Palazzo are separate.

I received email promotions from both IHG Rewards Club and Grazie for the Winter in Venice promotion.

IHG Booking: November 25-27 starting rates are $149 per night for this IHG Rewards Club 4,000 bonus points deal in a Luxury King 720 sq. ft suite.

Rate details: Earn 4000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points when you book Winter in Venice for two or more consecutive nights at The Venitian or the Palazzo InterContinental Alliance Resorts. Plus receive a Passaporto with more than 1000USD in resort extras. Reservation is fully refundable if cancelled at least 72 hours before arrival.

Grazie Booking: November 25-27 starting rates are $129. This offer must be booked by November 18, 2013 for stays through January 6, 2014. Requires first night payment at time of booking. Reservation is fully refundable if cancelled at least 72 hours before arrival.

Resort Fee: Regardless of how you book, there is a $25 per night resort fee at The Venetian and The Palazzo.

My IHG Rewards Club Platinum elite status has resulted in upgrades to rooms with a view of the Las Vegas Strip on my stays at The Palazzo.

What I don’t know is whether a Grazie booking can earn regular IHG Rewards Club points if the member asks to have IHG Rewards Club placed on the reservation after booking?

IHG earn points chart

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts earn 10 points per $1 for hotels in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, aka the Americas.

Note: as reader Katherine pointed out in the comments, InterContinental Alliance Resorts worldwide earn only 2,000 points per stay and not 10 points per $1 like InterContinental Hotels in the Americas.

An IHG Rewards Club member earns for 2-night stay:

  • 2-night rate $298  = 2,000 points per stay for InterContinental Alliance Resort, rather than 10 points/$1.
  • 4,000 bonus points rate = 4,000 points.
  • 6,000 points. I value these points at $7 per 1,000 points = $42 value.

In my case, I would also earn 50% elite points for an additional 1,000 IHG points on a $149 rate per night for a 2-night stay. I could also earn IHG Rewards Club Big Win credit for three different brands for additional points resulting in thousands more bonus points.

While the IHG website rate is an extra $40 for two nights, the 6,000 points earned for any IHG Rewards Club member is costing $7 per 1,000 points.

The IHG 4,000 points bonus on a $149 rate looks like the better deal than $129 rate through Grazie booking site for some IHG Rewards Club members and a break even deal for some. Saving $40 + tax on the Grazie rate might be the better deal if the points have less value for you.

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One of the most beautiful images I saw in 2013 was the Winter in Venice costumed entertainers outside the Venetian last January.

Venice beauty

Winter in Venice, outside The Venetian Las Vegas, January 2013.

3 Responses

  1. Unless there was a recent change that I had not heard about, the 3 Intercontinental Alliance Resorts (Palazzo, Venetian & Montelucia) earn a flat 2,000 points per stay.

    Yep, found it in the terms & conditions:

    “11. …-InterContinental Hotels & Resorts outside of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean plus all InterContinental Alliance Resorts worldwide, you will receive 2,000 points per Qualifying Stay.”

    The chart is slightly off as they do not mention the Intercontinental Alliance Resorts. Here is the link to the Alliance resorts: http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/global/explore/allianceresorts

  2. @Katherine – looks like you are correct. Since I stayed for free at The Palazzo in October, I did not have any points earned.

    That drops about 1,000 points from the calculation in this post. Time to edit…

    I see my elementary addition was off by 1,000 points too in the analysis of the points earned for a 2-night stay. I must have really been thinking more about getting out to the redwoods on Friday as I quickly wrote this post.

    Dropping nearly 2,000 points from the earned points on a $298 stay changes my analysis since that is 25% fewer points than I thought.

    Thank you for the correction.

  3. I prefer the cheap hotels downtown on Fremont, only use the room to nap and shower. For whatever reason, i just don’t see the advantage of paying top dollar in Las Vegas for hotels when i am never in the room.

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