IHG PointBreaks Hotels for stays to May 31, 2015 at 5,000 points per night offer some great deals if you are in the right places. I have reprinted the list in this post with direct links to the PointBreaks hotels still shown today.

InterContinental Lhasa Paradise would be a a taste of the high mountains with enough time to acclimate to the elevation at 5,000 points per night.

Crowne Plaza Bucharest Romania or Holiday Inn Budapest are other interesting hotels to me.  Crowne Plaza Vilnius Lithuania is a place that could be a good destination in conjunction with a Norwegian Air or WOW Air low cost flight to Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen.

USA has far less interesting hotels, but I’d jump on any hotel for 5,000 points per night if I needed a place to stay where there is a PointBreaks option.

United States

ALABAMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES HUNTSVILLE – RESEARCH PARK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES DOTHAN NORTH

ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NOGALES
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PAGE – LAKE
POWELL AREA

ARKANSAS
HOLIDAY INN LITTLE ROCK-AIRPORT-CONF CTR

CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CALEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MORENO VALLEY (LAKE PERRIS)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BEAUMONT – OAK VALLEY
STAYBRIDGE SUITES SACRAMENTO AIRPORT NATOMAS

COLORADO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LA JUNTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES FRASER – WINTER
PARK AREA

CONNECTICUT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SOUTHINGTON

FLORIDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES TAMPA-ANDERSON RD/
VETERANS EXP

GEORGIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES COMMERCE-
TANGER OUTLETS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MACON-WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES WARNER ROBINS
NORTH WEST

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES WAYCROSS

IDAHO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BOISE-UNIVERSITY AREA

ILLINOIS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ELGIN NW-CHICAGO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BLOOMINGTON WEST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROCHELLE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ROCKFORD

INDIANA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BLOOMINGTON
CANDLEWOOD SUITES INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AUBURN-TOURING DR
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SCOTTSBURG

IOWA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CLINTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LE MARS

KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MURRAY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES PIKEVILLE

LOUISIANA
HOLIDAY INN COVINGTON
HOLIDAY INN MORGAN CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SCOTT-LAFAYETTE WEST

MARYLAND
EVEN HOTELS ROCKVILLE – WASHINGTON DC AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WALDORF
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES NORTH EAST

MASSACHUSETTS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WEST SPRINGFIELD

MICHIGAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GRAND BLANC

MINNESOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MANKATO EAST

MISSISSIPPI
CANDLEWOOD SUITES TUPELO NORTH
HOLIDAY INN VICKSBURG
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GREENVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MERIDIAN

MISSOURI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS KIRKSVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ST LOUIS – CENTRAL WEST END
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LEBANON

NEBRASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LINCOLN SOUTH

NEW HAMPSHIRE
CROWNE PLAZA NASHUA

NEW JERSEY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES VINELAND MILLVILLE

NEW MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SILVER CITY

NEW YORK
HOLIDAY INN MIDDLETOWN-GOSHEN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES EAST GREENBUSH
(ALBANY-SKYLINE)

NEVADA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FALLON

NORTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN LUMBERTON NORTH – I-95
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CONOVER
(HICKORY AREA)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LAURINBURG

OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TOLEDO NORTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BRYAN-MONTPELIER

OKLAHOMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WOODWARD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES BARTLESVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MCALESTER

PENNSYLVANIA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES HARRISBURG
HOLIDAY INN LANSDALE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FRAZER-MALVERN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS IRWIN (PA TPK EXIT 67)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES DRUMS-HAZLETON (I-80)

SOUTH CAROLINA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES COLUMBIA-FT. JACKSON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GREENWOOD
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LEXINGTON-HWY 378

SOUTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES VERMILLION
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES WATERTOWN

TENNESSEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ATHENS

TEXAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES ABILENE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES DECATUR MEDICAL CENTER
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MOUNT PLEASANT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CARTHAGE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CENTER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CLEVELAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES ENNIS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES FALFURRIAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES FORT WORTH NORTH – NORTHLAKE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LEVELLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES LUFKIN SOUTH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SAN ANTONIO SE
BY AT&T CENTER

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES WHARTON
STAYBRIDGE SUITES LAREDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
STAYBRIDGE SUITES SAN ANTONIO – STONE OAK

UTAH
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SALT LAKE CITY
SOUTH – MURRAY

VIRGINIA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES RICHMOND NORTH-GLEN ALLEN
HOLIDAY INN NORTON
HOLIDAY INN PETERSBURG NORTH- FORT LEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CHRISTIANSBURG
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES ROCKY MOUNT/SMITH
MTN LAKE

STAYBRIDGE SUITES QUANTICO-STAFFORD

WASHINGTON
HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN-EVERETT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES TACOMA
SOUTH – LAKEWOOD

WEST VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWELL-CHESTER WV

WISCONSIN
HOLIDAY INN CONFERENCE CTR MARSHFIELD
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES WAUSAU-ROTHSCHILD

WYOMING
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SHERIDAN

 
Canada

ALBERTA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES WEST EDMONTON

ONTARIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MILTON

 

MEXICO
CROWNE PLAZA TUXTLA GUTIERREZ
HOLIDAY INN MEXICO COYOACAN
HOLIDAY INN MONTERREY NORTE
HOLIDAY INN REYNOSA ZONA DORADA
HOLIDAY INN ORIZABA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GUAYMAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TOLUCA GALERIAS METEPEC
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES QUERETARO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES TOLUCA ZONA AEROPUERTO
STAYBRIDGE SUITES GUADALAJARA EXPO

 
Central & South America

ARGENTINA
HOLIDAY INN BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA AIRPORT

BRAZIL
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BELÉM ANANINDEUA
HOLIDAY INN FORTALEZA

COLOMBIA
CROWNE PLAZA SUITES SUITES TEQUENDAMA BOGOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES MEDELLIN

COSTA RICA
CROWNE PLAZA SAN JOSE COROBICI
HOTEL INDIGO SAN JOSE FORUM COSTA RICA

GUATEMALA
HOLIDAY INN GUATEMALA

HONDURAS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TEGUCIGALPA

 
Europe

FINLAND
HOLIDAY INN TAMPERE

FRANCE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAINT – NAZAIRE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MARSEILLE – PROVENCE AIRPORT

GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN FULDA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS GUETERSLOH

HUNGARY
HOLIDAY INN BUDAPEST – BUDAÖRS

ITALY
HOLIDAY INN GENOA CITY

LITHUANIA
CROWNE PLAZA VILNIUS

NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ARNHEM

ROMANIA
CROWNE PLAZA BUCHAREST

SPAIN
HOLIDAY INN ELCHE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CAMPO DE GIBRALTAR – BARRIOS

UNITED KINGDOM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BRAINTREE
HOLIDAY INN CARDIFF – NORTH M4, JCT.32
HOLIDAY INN DARLINGTON – A1 SCOTCH CORNER
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HAMILTON

 

Asia

CAMBODIA
INTERCONTINENTAL PHNOM PENH

INDIA
HOLIDAY INN NEW DELHI INT’L AIRPORT

JAPAN
CROWNE PLAZA ANA UBE

CHINA (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)
CROWNE PLAZA CHONGQING NEW NORTH ZONE
CROWNE PLAZA JINAN CITY CENTER
CROWNE PLAZA TIANJIN JINNAN
CROWNE PLAZA XIANGYANG
CROWNE PLAZA ZHONGSHAN WING ON CITY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NANTONG XINGHU
HOLIDAY INN HANGZHOU XIAOSHAN
INTERCONTINENTAL LHASA PARADISE

Middle East & Africa

ZIMBABWE
HOLIDAY INN BULAWAYO

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A sneak peak of the new PointBreaks list posted on Tuesday Feb. 24 for bookings and stays from Feb. 25 – May 31, 2015 (subject to availability). Each Reward Night at these participating hotels will be only 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points during the above mentioned dates.

Visit the IHG Blog to see the preview list on Feb. 24. The IHG Blog also has helpful travel guides and travel tips.

PointBreak hotels in Asia, Middle East, and Africa:

  • InterContinental Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Crowne Plaza Chongqing New North Zone (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Jinan City Center (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Xiangyang (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Wing On City (China)
  • Holiday Inn Express Nantong Xinghu (China)
  • Holiday Inn Hangzhou Xiaoshan (China)
  • InterContinental Lhasa Paradise (China)
  • Holiday Inn New Delhi Int’l Airport (India)
  • Crowne Plaza Ube (Japan)
  • Holiday Inn Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)

PointBreak hotel deals in Europe:

  • Holiday Inn Tampere (Finland)
  • Holiday Inn Express Saint – Nazaire (France)
  • Holiday Inn Express Marseille – Provence Airport (France)
  • Holiday Inn Fulda (Germany)
  • Holiday Inn Express Guetersloh (Germany)
  • Holiday Inn Budapest – Budaörs (Hungary)
  • Holiday Inn Genoa City (Italy)
  • Crowne Plaza Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • Holiday Inn Express Arnhem (Netherlands)
  • Crowne Plaza Bucharest (Romania)
  • Holiday Inn Elche (Spain)
  • Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar – Barrios (Spain)
  • Holiday Inn Express Braintree (United Kingdom)
  • Holiday Inn Cardiff – North M4, Jct.32 (United Kingdom)
  • Holiday Inn Darlington – A1 Scotch Corner (United Kingdom)
  • Holiday Inn Express Hamilton (United Kingdom)

PointBreak Hotel Deals in Central and South America

  • Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (Argentina)
  • Holiday Inn Express Belém Ananindeua (Brazil)
  • Holiday Inn Fortaleza (Brazil)
  • Crowne Plaza Suites Tequendama Bogota (Columbia)
  • Holiday Inn Express Medellin (Columbia)
  • Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici (Costa Rica)
  • Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum Costa Rica
  • Holiday Inn Guatemala (Ciudad De Guatemala, Guatemala)
  • Holiday Inn Express Tegucigalpa (Honduras)

PointBreak Hotel Deals in Mexico

  • Crowne Plaza Tuxtla Gutierrez
  • Holiday Inn MEXICO COYOACAN
  • Holiday Inn Express TOLUCA GALERIAS METEPEC
  • Holiday Inn Express TOLUCA ZONA AEROPUERTO
  • Staybridge Suites Guadalajara Expo
  • Holiday Inn Monterrey Norte
  • Holiday Inn Express Queretaro
  • Holiday Inn Express GUAYMAS
  • Holiday Inn Reynosa Zona Dorada
  • Holiday Inn ORIZABA

PointBreaks Hotels in Canada

  • Staybridge Suites West Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
  • Holiday Inn Express Milton (Ontario, Canada)

PointBreaks Hotels Deals in the United States

Alabama

  • Holiday Inn Express Dothan North
  • Candlewood Suites Huntsville – Research Park

Arkansas

  • Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport-Conf Ctr

Arizona

  • Holiday Inn Express Nogales
  • Holiday Inn Express Page – Lake Powell Area

California

  • Holiday Inn Express Beaumont – Oak Valley
  • Holiday Inn Express Calexico
  • Holiday Inn Express Moreno Valley (Lake Perris)
  • Staybridge Suites Sacramento Airport Natomas

Colorado

  • Holiday Inn Express Fraser – Winter Park Area
  • Holiday Inn Express La Junta

Connecticut

  • Holiday Inn Express Southington

Florida

  • Holiday Inn Express Tampa-Anderson Rd/Veterans Exp

Georgia

  • Holiday Inn Express Commerce-Tanger Outlets
  • Holiday Inn Express Macon-West
  • Holiday Inn Express Warner Robins North West
  • Holiday Inn Express Waycross

Iowa

  • Holiday Inn Express Clinton
  • Holiday Inn Express Le Mars

Idaho

  • Holiday Inn Express Boise-University Area

Illinois

  • Holiday Inn Express Bloomington West
  • Candlewood Suites Elgin NW-Chicago
  • Holiday Inn Express Rochelle
  • Staybridge Suites Rockford

Indiana

  • Holiday Inn Express Auburn-Touring Dr
  • Candlewood Suites Bloomington
  • Candlewood Suites Indianapolis Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express Scottsburg

Kentucky

  • Holiday Inn Express Murray
  • Holiday Inn Express Pikeville

Louisiana

  • Holiday Inn Covington
  • Holiday Inn Morgan City
  • Holiday Inn Express Scott-Lafayette West

Massachusetts

  • Candlewood Suites West Springfield

Maryland

  • Holiday Inn Express North East
  • Even Hotels Rockville – Washington DC Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Waldorf

Michigan

  • Holiday Inn Express Grand Blanc

Minnesota

  • Holiday Inn Express Mankato East

Missouri

  • Holiday Inn Express Kirksville
  • Holiday Inn Express Lebanon
  • Holiday Inn Express St Louis – Central West End

Mississippi

  • Holiday Inn Express Greenville
  • Holiday Inn Express Meridian
  • Candlewood Suites Tupelo North
  • Holiday Inn Vicksburg

North Carolina

  • Holiday Inn Express Conover (Hickory Area)
  • Holiday Inn Express Laurinburg
  • Holiday Inn Lumberton North – I-95

Nebraska

  • Holiday Inn Express Lincoln South

New Hampshire

  • Crowne Plaza Nashua

New Jersey

  • Holiday Inn Express Vineland Millville

New Mexico

  • Holiday Inn Express Silver City

Nevada

  • Holiday Inn Express Fallon

New York

  • Holiday Inn Middletown-Goshen
  • Holiday Inn Express East Greenbush(Albany-Skyline)

Ohio

  • Holiday Inn Express Bryan-Montpelier
  • Holiday Inn Express Toledo North

Oklahoma

  • Holiday Inn Express Bartlesville
  • Holiday Inn Express McAlester
  • Candlewood Suites Woodward

Pennsylvania

  • Holiday Inn Express Drums-Hazleton (I-80)
  • Holiday Inn Express Frazer-Malvern
  • Candlewood Suites Harrisburg
  • Holiday Inn Lansdale
  • Holiday Inn Express Irwin (Pa Tpk Exit 67)

South Carolina

  • Candlewood Suites Columbia-Ft. Jackson
  • Holiday Inn Express Greenwood
  • Holiday Inn Express Lexington-Hwy 378

South Dakota

  • Holiday Inn Express Vermillion
  • Holiday Inn Express Watertown

Tennessee

  • Holiday Inn Express Athens

Texas

  • Candlewood Suites Abilene
  • Holiday Inn Express Carthage
  • Holiday Inn Express Center
  • Holiday Inn Express Cleveland
  • Candlewood Suites Decatur Medical Center
  • Holiday Inn Express Ennis
  • Holiday Inn Express Falfurrias
  • Staybridge Suites Laredo International Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express Levelland
  • Holiday Inn Express Lufkin South
  • Candlewood Suites Mount Pleasant
  • Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth North – Northlake
  • Holiday Inn Express San Antonio SE by AT&T Center
  • Staybridge Suites San Antonio – Stone Oak
  • Holiday Inn Express Wharton

Utah

  • Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City South – Murray

Virginia

  • Holiday Inn Express Christiansburg
  • Holiday Inn Petersburg North- Fort Lee
  • Candlewood Suites Richmond North-Glen Allen
  • Holiday Inn Norton
  • Holiday Inn Express Rocky Mount/Smith Mtn Lake
  • Staybridge Suites Quantico-Stafford

Washington

  • Holiday Inn Downtown-Everett
  • Holiday Inn Express Tacoma South – Lakewood

Wisconsin

  • Holiday Inn Conference Ctr Marshfield
  • Holiday Inn Wausau-Rothschild

West Virginia

  • Holiday Inn Express Newell-Chester WV

Wyoming

  • Candlewood Suites Sheridan

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This is a straight press release announcement from IHG to be on the watch today for the new IHG PointBreaks list. Clicking the first link for the PointBreaks list shows many of the properties from the January 2015 list are still available for stays through February 28, 2015. Those hotels should be replaced sometime today with the new list of hotels for 5,000 points per night.

I am hoping to see a hotel somewhere around one of the western states or British Columbia ski airports I can fly to on my award flight with Alaska Airlines in March or April. Vancouver or Kelowna BC would be nice to see.

Update: Not sure if I will be able to use any of these hotels after seeing the list. I have not had a PointBreaks hotel stay since 2013.

Loyalty Traveler February 2015 Hotel Promotions Guide

One of the big pieces of news for February 2015 is Hilton HHonors announced it will run only two global promotions each year and offer targeted promotions during other periods. Targeted promotions is research advice I have heard at industry conferences since starting Loyalty Traveler eight years ago. The obstacle for all these years is the appropriate software to data mine all the information hotel loyalty programs have on their members. Apparently that obstacle has been overcome as Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Marriott now primarily rely on targeted promotion offers.

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 - Free Internet Rules for 2015 across major hotel brands (Feb 5, 2015)

Starwood Hotels improved its Best Rate Guarantee to offer a 20% discount. For me at least, this makes Starwood Hotels more competitive 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.

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IHG 48 hour sale for 600 hotels UK and Europe from £29 to £169 is a flash sale for next 60 hours. IHG Rewards Club members have the chance to book rooms in the UK and Europe at potentially discount rates.

The deal is more than 600 hotels in UK and Europe are available for stays from January 24 to February 14 at £29, £39, £49, £89, £129 and £169.

The sale was scheduled to start 00:01 GMT July 16, but started at least 12 hours early based on the clock time posted.

That is a very short hotel stay window for this sale at three weeks. The best values appear to be the higher priced InterContinental Hotels in the $200 to $270 range for places like Paris, London and Amsterdam. There are also plenty of cheap Holiday Inn Express hotels around the UK.

Breakfast in UK is £10 extra per night, except £30 per night for InterContinental hotels. Breakfast in non-UK hotels is 10 EUR and 30 EUR for InterContinental Hotels.

IHG 48hour sale 1-15-15

Terms:

  1. Eligibility: The Winter Sale Promotion (“Offer”) is only open to all IHG® Rewards Club members and Ambassador Club members (“Members” separately each a “Member”). Participation constitutes a Member’s full and unconditional agreement to these Terms and Conditions and Promoter’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Offer. Benefiting from the Offer is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein and is subject to availability.
  2. Timing: Bookings for the Offer opens at 00:01 GMT on Friday 16 January 2015 for all IHG®Rewards Club Members. The Offer closes for all members at 23.59 on Saturday 17 January 2015 (“Promotional Period”).
  3. How to enter: To be eligible to make use of the Offer the guest must become a Member during the Promotional Period, and book either via www.ihg.com, the Central Reservation Office, or the IHG Mobile App.
  4. Offer: The Offer is available at participating (please see full participation list) Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Staybridge Suites® and InterContinental®Hotels and Resorts hotels in Europe for standard room-only bookings for stays between 24 January 2014 to 14 February 2015. Offer only available to Members. Blackout dates (days when Offer is not available) may apply in some hotels. The prices quoted under the Offer are for standard rooms. Breakfast is included in the Offer for stays at Holiday Inn Express® and Staybridge Suites®. Breakfast is charged at a rate of £10 (€10 in non-UK Europe) per room for stays at Holiday Inn®, Crowne Plaza® and Hotel Indigo® (this rate provides breakfast for each person per room). Breakfast is charged at a rate of £30 (€30 in non-UK Europe) per room for stays at InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts

The complete list of participating hotels is below.

£169 – Room Only

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

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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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