InterContinental Hotels Group offers upsells on hotels I have been searching for rate checks this week in the southeast USA. Breakfast for two at a Holiday Inn for $8. 1,000 bonus points for $5. These are good add-on deals in some instances.
This Charleston hotel catches my eye with its cylindrical tower shape. There were two similarly shaped Holiday Inn hotels in Los Angeles County with one near the Getty Museum. That hotel rebranded a few years back. The other hotel off I-405 was still a Holiday Inn when I last passed by the building.
Holiday Inn Riverview, Charleston, SC (photo credit: Holiday Inn).
Upsell #1: Breakfast for two at discount rate
Breakfast for two = $8.00 on $146 advance purchase, prepaid rate for King room with View.
Breakfast for two = $10.00 on Best Flexible Rate.
Upsell #2 Best Flexible Rate offers discount rate for bonus points purchase.
- Buy 1,000 bonus points for $5.00 at time of reservation booking.
- Buy 5,000 bonus points for $30 at time of reservation booking. Note this is higher rate at $6 per 1,000 points.
I think this is a brilliant move by IHG Rewards Club to sell points at time of booking a hotel stay and offering a lower purchase rate than members can buy points through a Points and Cash booking and award cancellation for 10,000 points at $70. Paying $5 for 1,000 points or $30 for 5,000 points is a better rate.
Upsell #3 is even cheaper points price
Holiday Inn Express Hardeeville-Hilton Head has an even lower points purchase rate at $24 for 5,000 points.
Holiday Inn Express Hardeeville-Hilton Head has upsell offer of 5,000 bonus points for $24. Paying $4.80 per 1,000 points is a great deal.
Booking a 5,000 points PointsBreak for points that only cost $24 is one strategy to cheap rooms.
These bonus points upsell offers look like they are only available with a Best Flexible Rate. I did not see bonus points offers for Advance Purchase or group rates like AAA.
I’ve noticed Hilton HHonors also offers bonus points upsell options on many of their rates, however, the cost at $10 to $12 per 1,000 points is not as appealing as these IHG points offers.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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