Yesterday, I posted a comparative analysis of 2015 Q1 hotel promotions from seven chains based on $1,000 in hotel spend. Club Carlson, Choice Privileges, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Hilton HHonors were analyzed.

Loyalty Traveler – Evaluating 2015 Q1 hotel promotions with $1000 spend (Jan 11, 2015)

I have updated the Loyalty Traveler monthly page on hotel promotions. The page of promotions offers more information on some of the hotel chain programs and promotions available through the link at the top of Loyalty Traveler blog. The primary current hotel loyalty promotions for 2015 Q1 are shown below in this post.

Loyalty Traveler January 2015 Hotel Promotions Guide

2015 sees expanded free internet access in Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood Hotels. Pretty much every major hotel chain, except Hilton, now guarantees free internet access worldwide for loyalty members across more than a dozen hotel chains. Hilton limits free internet access to Gold and Diamond members.

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards free WiFi worldwide begins January 15, 2015 (December 10, 2014)

Starwood Hotels improved its Best Rate Guarantee to offer a 20% discount. For me at least, this makes Starwood Hotels more comptetitive to other BRG claims. 2,000 points was good compensation for a $100 room night, but for a $200 room night found for $180 somewhere else, the 10% discount for a $162 rate did not make the grade compared to Marriott 25%  off for $135 rate and Hyatt 20% off for $144 rate. Good move Starwood.

The other major trend is a change in cancellation policies with Hilton, Marriott and Starwood announcing Day Before Arrival policies worldwide for hotel reservation cancellation without penalty. Hilton and Marriott require cancellation by 11:59pm day before arrival and Starwood requires 6pm Day Before Arrival.

Best Western Rewards:

Offer Details: Best Western Rewards® members who register and book ANY qualified rate on bestwestern.com will also receive 500 bonus points per stay* between November 24, 2014 and February 1, 2015.

Register at www.bestwestern.com/winter. Online booking bonus of 500 points per stay is available on any rate.

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Best Western Great Britain Winter Sale has 280 hotels for 30% or 40% or 50% off Best Flexible Rate for stays December 15 to March 31, 2015. These rates are prepaid and nonrefundable.

Best Western Winter Sale UK

Choice Privileges:

Choice Privileges offers triple points, which is 30 points per dollar at most brands. I value Choice Privileges points by hotel redemption values in Norway and Sweden. This is one of the best value offers for travel in January and February, Spend $534 at Choice Hotels and earn  16,000 points. That is enough points for one night at about 160 Choice Hotels in Norway or Sweden, where rates are typically $200 to $400 per night. Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Triple Points Dec 29-February 18, 2015 (December 29, 2014)

Club Carlson Promotions

Extend Your Stay Bonus Points: 15,000 bonus points for 2-night stay and 30,000 bonus points for 3-night and longer stays at any Club Carlson participating hotel January 12 to March 29, 2015. Club Carlson Jan 12 to March 29, 2015 stays earn 15K for 2 nights, 30K for 3 nights (Jan 5, 2015).

Extend Your Stay is the best hotel bonus points offer during this period among the major hotel chains.

Loyalty Traveler – Hotel stay examples stacking Club Carlson promotions to rack up points and miles (September 22)

Club Carlson Gold elites 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 rates in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Loyalty Traveler post May 29.

Carlson 2-for-1 Gold rate

http://www.clubcarlson.com/2for1

Hilton HHonors Promotions

Hilton HHonors Double Points November 1 – January 31, 2015. Double points begins with your second stay.

Loyalty Traveler – Register for Hilton HHonors Double Up Double Points Nov 1 to Jan 31, 2015

Hyatt Gold Passport promotions

Hyatt Stay More Play More January 15-April 30, 2015 has five targeted promotion variations from 2,000 bonus points to 65,000 bonus. Login to your account to find which offer you received or join Hyatt Gold Passport.

Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Jan 15 to April 30, 2015 registration (Jan 9, 2015)

Hyatt Gold Passport News: Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt Award category changes Jan 22, 2015 with 22 hotels up and 48 down (December 10, 2014)

Hyatt Gold Passport News: Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt drops My Elite 20% Discount Rate and 5,000 points Bed Type Guarantee (Dec 11, 2014)

Expired bonus points offer, but I’ll keep the link up for Hyatt mobile app download. Hyatt mobile app earned 1,000 points per booking Oct 1- Dec 31, 2014.

Hyatt Mobile app promotion page and download links

Loyalty Traveler – Mobile apps for hotel discounts and bonus points: Hyatt, Club Carlson, Expedia, TravelPony (Oct 5)

IHG Rewards Club

IHG PointBreaks November 24-February 28, 2015 are one of the best deals in hotel loyalty with every hotel 5,000 points per night. Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks Nov 24 to Feb 28, 2015 by State and Country.

IHG Set Your Sights January 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015 earns up to 50,000 bonus points for completing tasks in your targeted offer. My tasks require a minimum 6 nights with two 2-night weekends and 2 stays at Crowne Plaza. Kelley’s tasks require a minimum 3 nights including one weekend stay at a Holiday Inn. Loyalty Traveler – Our IHG Set Your Sights tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015

IHG Into the Nights (Expired Promotion)

I am leaving up links this month to my articles on IHG Into the Nights since this was the major promotion I concentrated on forhotel stays during the last two months of 2014. Kelley and I picked up four free nights good for any IHG hotel worldwide in 2015. The promotion was a hassle with unclear terms and changing tasks, yet we persevered and earned four free nights after six paid nights and about $650 in spend, the last stay being December 30, 2014.

Promotion Expired: IHG Fall promotion for 50,000 bonus points or 10,000 bonus miles September 4 to December 31, 2014. Register for the “Into the Nights” promotion at www.ihg.com/freenights. Once registered, members receive their tailored set of offers and begin earning IHG® Rewards Club bonus points or bonus airline miles when they stay at any IHG®-branded hotel between.

Loyalty Traveler – My IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer (September 5, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler – IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k (October 20, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler – Dealing with IHG Into the Nights Fiasco. I was one of the members deeply impacted by IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights changes in October 2014. (October 26, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler – IHG Into the Nights fiasco deconstructed (October 29, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler – Completed my IHG Into the Nights in 2 nights for $235? (December 8, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler – My IHG Into the Nights tasks posted for 2 free nights (December 11, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler – Closing out IHG Into the Nights before Set Your Sights on 2015 (January 2, 2015)

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Loyalty Traveler – IHG mobile app and bonus points breakfast package for Into the Nights. This post has the link for finding bonus points and breakfast package rates for hotels where they may not appear in a regular search. Some hotels offer 5,000 points for as low as $10 more than Best Flexible Rate.

IHG link to find hotel package rates  for Bonus Points with Breakfast. Offers are generally 1,000 bonus points + breakfast; 5,000 bonus points; 5,000 bonus points + breakfast. These are often a good deal for a one-night stay to buy 5,000 points at a discount (rate is generally $20 to $40 more) if you need breakfast for the hotel stay.

Marriott Rewards Promotions

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott Rewards free WiFi worldwide begins January 15, 2015 (December 10, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler –  Marriott MegaBonus offers for Feb 1 to April 30, 2015 (Dec 19, 2014)

Spring MegaBonus February 1 to April 30, 2015 targeted offers:

  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay that includes a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday — up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays over weekend day)
  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays)
  • Earn 2,500 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points (maxes out after 11 stays)
  • Earn 2,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 13 stays)
  • Earn 10,000 points after 10 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 17 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 15,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 45,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 35,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 55,000 bonus points (maxes out after 30 nights)

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus targeted offers Sep 15-Jan 15, 2015 Loyalty Traveler post August 13, 2014

  • Version 1: Earn double points with every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points.
  • Version 2: Earn 2,500 bonus points on every stay, starting with your second paid stay, up to 25,000 bonus points.
  • Version 3: Earn 25,000 bonus points after 12 paid nights, plus an additional 5,000 points after 18 paid nights, up to 30,000 bonus points.
  • Version 4: Earn 25,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights, plus an additional 15,000 points after 20 paid nights, up to 40,000 bonus points.
  • Version 5: Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus and additional 15,000 after 25 nights, up to 50,000 bonus points.
  • Version 6: Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus an additional 2,000 for every additional paid night, up to 55,000 bonus points.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Double Elite Credit for Ritz-Carlton stays in 2014. This benefit is retroactive for all 2014 stays if you were a Ritz-Carlton Rewards member during the stay.

Starwood Preferred Guest

SPG Double Play January 5 – April 15, 2015 earn double points on 2-night stays and 1,000 bonus points after every five nights, up to 4,000 bonus points for 20 nights. Loyalty Traveler – SPG Double Play Jan 5 to April 15, 2015 is double weak (December 30, 2014).

SPG Double Points Latin America to January 31, 2015. Loyalty Traveler -Starwood Hotels Latin America Double points to Jan 31, 2015 (December 12, 2014). This overlaps with SPG Double Play. Latin America bonus and Double Play are probably not stackable, but you might get lucky.

Wyndham Rewards

2015 Bonus Points for stays 2-6 from October 15, 2014 to January 30, 2015 for a maximum 10,075 bonus points after six stays.

Wyndham 2015 points

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Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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This is an article I wrote for November 2014 InsideFlyer magazine about hotel loyalty program targeted promotions. This past month Hyatt, IHG and Marriott came out with another set of targeted offers for loyalty members with Hyatt Stay More Earn More, IHG Set Your Sights and Marriott Rewards MegaBonus.

Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Jan 15 to April 30, 2015 registration (January 9, 2015)

Loyalty Traveler – Our IHG Set Your Sights tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015 (Dec 15, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott MegaBonus offers for Feb 1 to April 30, 2015 (Dec 19, 2014)

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Are hotel loyalty members simply a target?

Hotel industry conferences I have attended and research articles for the past several years have encouraged hotel loyalty programs to use data mining of guest profiles and expenditures to customize hotel loyalty promotions. Your loyalty program activity and credit card expenditures are tracked, profiled and stored in a marketing folder for customized pitches. The objective is to engage new customers to hotel brands, re-engage existing loyalty members who have reduced activity and incentivize profit generating hotel loyalty members to spend more with the hotel chain.

Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport and IHG Rewards Club are three major hotel chains with targeted promotions for late 2014 travel. These promotions are designed to target an individual guest’s travel profile.

Marriott Rewards has differentiated the recurring MegaBonus promotion for several years. Over the four month period September 15 to January 15, 2015, the generic offer is double points beginning with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points. This could mean $2,500 to $5,000 in hotel spend to earn 25,000 bonus points. My offer is 2,500 bonus points for each stay beginning with second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points. My offer is better for me than double points. I am typically a one-night stay traveler. Six $100 one-night stays earn 12,500 bonus points, even if they are all at Residence Inn or TownePlace Suites. Double points earns 5,000 bonus points for the same spend when avoiding the extended stay brands. Other targeted offers do not earn any bonus points until reaching 12 or even 20 nights. These offers have the potential to earn from at 30,000 to 55,000 bonus points, but only if you stay 18 to 30 nights. Marriott Rewards is generally friendly in allowing elite members to change their targeted offer.

Hyatt Gold Passport has at least eight targeted offers for September 1 – November 30, ranging from a maximum 2,000 bonus points for one stay to 50,000 bonus points for 20 nights. My offer was 2,000 bonus points per stay for three stays. Hyatt Gold Passport allowed some members with no offer and others with a lower points offer to enroll for the 50,000 points version which earns bonus points cumulatively for every five nights at 5,000; 10,000; 15,000 and 20,000 bonus points. My Hyatt offer for 6,000 points after three stays is a good one for my travel pattern since I am unlikely to stay ten nights during the promotion period.

IHG Rewards Club openly advocates the targeted approach to hotel loyalty promotions with the current September 1 -December 31 Into the Nights. This promotion follows two versions of targeted offers from The Big Win in late 2013 and early 2014. IHG members with fewer hotel stays in 2014 appear to have easier offers for earning 50,000 bonus points or two free nights than more frequent guests. Some IHG Rewards Club members need more than 15 nights to earn their full Into the Nights bonus offer, whereas other members like me who have stayed infrequently at IHG hotels this year need only stay three paid nights to earn two free nights at any IHG hotel.

Hyatt, IHG and Marriott loyalty programs received plenty of negative responses from unhappy members on travel forums to the idea of targeted offers. Perhaps a better promotion strategy for hotel loyalty programs was pioneered by Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) in 2008 and 2012 when SPG members had a choice from a variety of promotions offers.

SPG ran a promotion in 2008 called You Choose. The promotion ran October 1 to December 31 and members had a choice of 12 different offers ranging from double elite credit or free nights or bonus points. The best part was the member registration deadline was November 15, midway through the promotion period, and hotel stay credit applied retroactively. We can’t expect the kind of lucrative bonuses these days like loyalty programs offered during the ‘Great Recession’, yet the gesture of member choice is significant. SPG followed up in 2012 with Nice Choice, a promotion I consider to be a great prototype for member choice. SPG members could choose three consecutive months for their promotion period between May and September with a choice of six different bonuses including free nights, discount awards and bonus points. I think SPG had a great alternative to targeted offers with these past promotions. The ability to select our own offers from promotion choices is a respectful signal to loyalty members that we are the ones best suited to predict our own travel pattern.

Hyatt, IHG and Marriott hit their target with my bonus points promotion offers that I can take to heart when planning my hotel travel. My sense though is there are many other hotel loyalty members who would prefer more choice instead of being a target waiting to be hit with an unwelcome promotion.

Next Thursday, for those of us in the USA, there will be an IHG 48 Hour Sale January 16 for UK and Europe. Previous 48 hour sales have offered some of the best hotel rate discounts available. The last sale on October 31 included about 600 participating hotels.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG 48 hour sale at 600 hotels in Europe October 31, 2014 (Oct 22, 2014)

Sale begins Friday January 16 at 00:01 Central European Time (Paris). This means the sale begins on Thursday, January 15 at 6:01pm Eastern and 3:01 pm Pacific time in USA.

I was close to booking a prepaid, nonrefundable rate yesterday for a February stay at Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport. I will now wait until next week to see if I can get a lower rate.

IHG 48 hour sale 1-16-2015

IHG 48 hour Sale begins 00:01 Friday, January 16, 2015.

  • New York 6:01pm Thursday, January 15
  • San Francisco 3:01pm Thursday, January 15

Rates in past IHG 48 hour sales were prepaid and nonrefundable.

IHG Into the Nights had to be one of the most complicated and tech troubled loyalty promotions of 2014. The promotion was a hassle of uncertainty, however, two paid hotel nights to earn two free nights made the effort worthwhile in my case.

This update is to share something about my wife’s Into the Nights offer. Her task board never updated from the original page posted in October, even after a stay in early November.

IHG Into the Nights-K-1

This concerned me since we stayed three more times at IHG hotels in the past two weeks. Her tasks were a simple stay two times and earn one free night. Three stays posted and her last stay on December 30 has not posted yet.

I checked her Into the Nights task board this morning.

IHG Into the Nights K-2

Even though there is no activity shown on her task board, there was a reward choice offered for 25,000 points or 1 Free Night. We selected the free night.

IHG Into the Nights-K-3

One Free Night in her account lets me rest easy with the assumption the second free night will be offered once her Holiday Inn Express Monterey Bay stay on December 30 posts to her IHG account.

All in all, we paid for six hotel nights at a cost of about $650. We needed five of the hotel nights for our travels and the stay this week was $117 for a hotel nearby that we didn’t need. I’m pretty certain we will stay in hotels in Europe using our four free hotel nights in July 2015. I expect the lowest room rates at the hotels we stay on our free nights will be somewhat more expensive than the $650 we spent to earn the free nights.

Set Your Sights on 2015 is the new IHG Rewards Club offer that I am looking at combining with Alaska Airlines fly two times and get a free flight available to residents of California, Oregon and Washington for flights to ski destinations through February 23, 2015.

Loyalty Traveler – Our IHG Set Your Sights tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015 (December 15, 2014)

InterContinental Dublin opens January 1, 2015 when the Four Seasons Dublin rebrands. The Four Seasons Dublin Hotel is located in south Dublin in the area of Ballsbridge, but within walking distance of Trinity College in Dublin city center or the Dublin Bay coast. The hotel was voted one of Ireland’s Top 25 luxury hotels for 2014 on TripAdvisor.com.

InterContinental Dublin hotel will be 197 rooms. The public areas, meeting rooms and restaurant will undergo renovation as part of a five-year property improvement plan. The hotel was originally built in 2001 and then purchased by the current owners London & Regional in 2011 for 15 million EUR, about 25% of the price to build the hotel ten years earlier. IHG says they are interested in opening a Hotel Indigo in Dublin too – Irish Times.

The property was rumored to become a Hyatt managed hotel, but IHG won out. As someone who sought out an IHG hotel in Dublin last month for my Into the Nights task of staying in two countries outside the USA, there are slim pickings in Dublin with two airport hotels at Northwood and one Crowne Plaza at Blanchardstown, northwest in the Dublin suburbs, miles from central Dublin.

InterContinental Dublin will offer a Dublin location away from the bustling and congested city center, yet with easy access to central Dublin on foot or public transportation.

Four Seasons Dublin

Four Seasons Dublin currently ranks #10 of 176 Dublin hotels.

Four Seasons Dublin map

Four Seasons Dublin is about one mile south of Dublin city center and the River Liffey.

Four Seasons Dublin city map

Big news in the IHG world with the acquisition of U.S. based Kimpton Hotels upper upscale boutique chain and a new InterContinental Dublin announced in the past 24 hours. Loyalty Traveler – IHG acquires Kimpton Hotels boutique chain, but don’t expect PointBreaks deals in 2015.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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In a promotion similar to the soon-to-end Into the Nights, IHG follows up with Set Your Sights. Basically the same structure of individualized tasks from IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights is used for Set Your Sights with 50,000 bonus points total for most members. No free nights choice this round.

IHG Rewards Club members worldwide can register for Set Your Sights beginning December 15. Eligible stays from January 1 to April 30, 2015 inclusive count for these tasks.

IHG Set Your Sights

IHG Set Your Sights on tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015

I checked Kelley’s IHG Rewards Club Set Your Sights tasks first.

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My final two IHG Into the Nights tasks posted for 2 free nights. This promotion had me excited in September when I was sitting in a Clarion Collection hotel room in Oslo and saw that I needed to only stay 3 nights with two Saturday nights at a Holiday Inn to earn two free nights.

Then, in October, I logged into my Into the Nights dashboard to see my five tasks had changed to a completely different set of six tasks, which would earn two free nights if I completed five of the six tasks. The limiting factor was either 7 hotel nights or two hotel stays in two different countries outside the USA. I stayed at Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport on a bonus points with breakfast rate three weeks ago and Holiday Day Inn Express Dublin Airport last week to complete my five tasks in two hotel nights.

This morning my IHG Into the Nights dashboard updated to show I have completed five tasks in my two 1-night hotel stays.

IHG Into the Nights tasks complete

Taking two free nights rather than 21,300 bonus points is a no brainer.

IHG into the Nights Reward choice

It is likely I will redeem the two free nights for an InterContinental Hotel in Europe next summer for some place like London Park Lane or The Amstel, Amsterdam.

InterContinental Park Lane

IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k Bonus Round

While I am happy to have earned two free nights for $235 on two paid hotel stays I needed anyway in London and Dublin, I have to laugh at the IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k Bonus Round opportunity presented to me upon completion of the original tasks for free nights.

IHG Into the Nights Bonus Offers

My congratulations on completing Into the Nights included another set of Bonus Offers tasks for more points. The Bonus Offers page states I can earn 20,000 points for completion of six tasks, however, there are only two tasks shown offering bonus points for a total 6,000 points.

This would be a decent offer, except for the stay 3 nights limitation. We still need 3 IHG stays to complete Kelley’s offer for two free nights. Those 3 nights on Kelley’s account are worth far more than 26,000 bonus points in my account.

Loyalty Traveler Into the Nights

My IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer (Sep 5, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights great promotion for new members (Oct 13, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k (Oct 20, 2014)

Dealing with IHG Into the Nights Fiasco (Oct 26, 2014)

IHG upsell rates with Into the Nights promotion links (Oct 27, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights fiasco deconstructed (Oct 29, 2014)

Holiday Inn London Gatwick for IHG Into the Nights (Nov 24, 2014)

Completed my IHG Into the Nights in 2 nights for $235? (Dec 8, 2014)

The new list of hotels participating in IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks November 24 to February 28 is posted on the IHGRewardingExperiences website. There are more than 150 properties including two InterContinental Hotels with Merida, Mexico and InterContinental Palace Port Ghalib Resort, Egypt.

In typical IHG fashion, there is limited geographic information. I have ordered the list by state and country to help readers plan for Monday bookings.

IHG PointBreaks hotels are 5,000 points per night and will be available for booking by Monday, November 24.

IHG PointBreaks Nov 24 to Feb 28, 2015 by State and Country

USA

Alabama

Arkansas

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

North Carolina

New Jersey

New Mexico

Nevada

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Canada

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Ecuador

Mexico

Panama

Europe

Belgium

Egypt

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Russia

Spain

Switzerland

Turkey

United Kingdom

Asia

China

India

Indonesia

Malaysia

Thailand

Middle East

Jordan

Mauritius

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

Crowne Plaza Dundalk would be a good deal for my stay in Ireland next week if I were not booking paid stays for Into the Nights.

Last night I received an email from IHG with the subject line “Get 5,000 Points Back in Your Account”. The deal is receive a 5,000 points rebate on a Points with Cash Reward stay by December 31, 2014. That is like getting a $35 rebate since a Points and Cash Reward night is $70 to buy 10,000 points.

Make the most out of your points and book a Reward Night using a combination of your IHG Rewards Club points and cash. With the Points and Cash program you can book your next Reward Night, at any of our 4,700 hotels worldwide, without waiting to accumulate more points. Plus, stay now through December 31st and we will refill your account with 5,000 points.

IHG Rewards Club email November 12, 2014

I checked IHG hotel rates for several cities where I plan to be in the next six weeks and found lots of low room rates around $80 to $110, which makes a Points with Cash reward unfeasible. A hotel reward rate of 20,000 points takes 10,000 points + $70. Net cost after rebate is $70 + 5,000 points. That is not a savings on hotels with a room rate below $100 and a small savings on hotel rates up to $120 after tax.

Best deal is if you can find a low category hotel of 15,000 or 20,000 points per night with a high room rate. Second best deal is a high category reward rate with a high published rate.

InterContinental San Francisco

IC San Francisco rate

$296.89 advance purchase nonrefundable rate is $345.35 after tax.

IHG Rewards Club Standard Reward Night = 45,000 points for a redemption value = $7.67 per 1,000 points.

IHG Rewards Club Points with Cash Reward Night = 35,000 points + $70 with a rebate of 5,000 points. Net rate = 30,000 points + $70. Redemption value = $285/30,000 points = $9.50 per 1,000 points.

Our household needs three or four paid nights at IHG hotels to earn our Into the Nights promotion for two free nights in our accounts. This IHG Points with Cash rebate offer for 5,000 points is a promotion bonus I will keep in mind when searching hotels for stays by December 31, 2014. It remains to be seen if I will find a use for this offer.

Check you email for this IHG promotion subject line: “Get 5,000 Points Back in Your Account”.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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Saturday night we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport on a package rate of 5,000 points and Breakfast. Our flight arrived at 11pm, which made an airport hotel the best choice. Airport hotel location is relative in Denver where the closest set of hotels are about ten miles from the airport.

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport 5K bonus points and Breakfast Rate

The deal for Crowne Plaza Denver Airport is the lowest rate was $81 for an advance purchase nonrefundable rate or $85 for day of arrival flexible cancellation AAA rate for our stay.

I have given little attention to IHG bonus points and breakfast rates until the IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer. Booking a bonus points and breakfast rate is one of my tasks for Into the Nights. The bonus points and breakfast rate for Crowne Plaza Denver Airport was $104.

For $23 more than the lowest available rate or about $27 after tax, the $104 rate included:

  • 5,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points.
  • Breakfast buffet for two.

I consider the points to be a $30 to $35 value based on the points purchase price.

Breakfast buffet at the hotel was $13.99 per person + tax for $30.27 for two persons.

Certainly IHG Bonus Points and Breakfast rates are worth checking if there are two persons staying, you plan to eat breakfast at the hotel and you like bonus points.

5,000 bonus points will pay for my next PointBreaks hotel.

Crown Plaza DIA

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Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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