IHG Rewards Club Last Minute Reward Nights 50% off rates are available for 42 hotels this Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend August 1-3, 2014. These offers are available for booking at 50% off award rates over the next three days through Thursday, July 31.

Looks like several North Carolina and Colorado hotels on the list. IHG Rewards Club does not mention state location in their descriptions. This list will give you an opportunity to brush up on your USA geography.

Last Minute Reward Nights (42)

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There is an IHG Rewards Club buy 60% bonus points promotion to August 18 on purchases of 10,000 points or more.

You may purchase points in 1,000 increments:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

IHG Rewards Club Buy Points Rates with 60% bonus

$135 = 10,000 points + 6,000 points = 16,000 points ($8.44 per 1,000)

$137.50 = 17,600 points ($7.81 per 1,000 points)

$299.00 = 41,600 points ($7.19 per 1,000 points)

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Buy IHG Rewards Club points by August 18, 2014 for 60% bonus points.

IHG Rewards Club program Terms & Conditions state a member may buy 50,000 points in a calendar year. That is outdated. The limit was increased to 60,000 points a couple years ago. And the current sale wording indicates a much higher annual points purchase limit for IHG Rewards Club members.

Members may purchase a maximum of 120,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 120,000 points per calendar year.

IHG Rewards Club points were available through Daily Getaways this year from late May to July 4 at the price of $567 for 100,000 points. Those points packages did not sell out.

Loyalty Traveler – Daily Getaways IHG Points Did Not Sell Out (May 26)

The current sale is a decent offer if you have an immediate use for points like the current PointBreaks list for hotel reward nights at 5,000 points per night.

Loyalty Traveler: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks July 28 to September 30, 2014 (July 26, 2014)

Otherwise, simply buy points as needed using Points & Cash option for award nights at rate of $70 per 10,000 points. Points purchased for Points & Cash Awards do not count toward the annual purchase limit. Members keep the points purchased for Points & Cash reward nights when the Points & Cash reward stay is cancelled. This is a way to buy points at an even lower rate of $7.00 per 1,000 points compared to the current 60% bonus points offer.

IHG Rewards Club Connect, the members community forum, has posted the list of hotels participating in IHG Rewards Club PointsBreaks July 28 to September 30, 2014. These are hotel reward nights at 5,000 points per night. Essentially this is a $35 hotel night opportunity through buying points via Points + Cash reward rates. The Loyalty Traveler post below shows the Trick to buying 10,000 points for $70.

IHG Daily Getaway points, PointBreaks and the Trick in Pictures

I was hoping for a nice hotel in Europe during the time I will be there in September. Crowne Plaza Bratislava, Slovakia looks tempting. Bucharest, Romania holds little interest for me. Antalya, Turkey is a location where I have seen cheap flights from Oslo and the Crowne Plaza Antalya is on PointBreaks.

There are several InterContinental Hotels in Central America and Colombia on this list.

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There have been so many changes to hotel loyalty programs in the past three years that I needed to check again to see which hotel programs count award stays for elite membership.

Redeeming points for award stays while earning elite membership credit comes in handy when you are trying to reach 25 to 30 stays or 60 to 75 nights in your favorite hotel chain in a calendar year.

Hotel Stays and/or Nights completed in a calendar year qualification for high hotel loyalty program elite membership.

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The first full weekend for the month of July brings another round of discount hotel reward nights with half-price IHG Last Minute Reward Nights.

For this first weekend of the month there are 26 hotels offering 50% off standard reward night rates for Friday, July 4; Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6. These special offer awards must be booked by Thursday, July 3 for the 50% rate.

There are several Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites extended stay apartment style properties where you will have a kitchen and space for four with a bed couch in the sitting room.

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InterContinental Hotels Group opened the first hotel in their fitness and wellness brand EVEN in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut this week. The central idea of the hotel brand is catering to people who want an active wellness lifestyle through environment, diet and exercise.

Be Well-comed with infused cool water and scented hand towels. Reminds me of an in-flight before meal experience.

The hotel is four-story, 129 rooms, with public work areas, dining and social areas, natural outdoor spaces, and fitness centers. There are four more hotels in the works with two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and one in Rockville, MD. These are all high income bracket centers of commerce.

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IHG Even Hotels

EVEN Norwalk Rate Check

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IHG Rewards Club Last Minute Reward Nights are out for June 2014 with 50% off standard award rates at 28 select hotels for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights June 6-8, 2014. These discount award rates are available for bookings made by Thursday, June 5.

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One of the good pieces of news to come out of IHG Rewards Club is all 178 InterContinental Hotels worldwide will have the same points earning structure of 10 points per $1 for hotel folio spend. This changes the current system whereby InterContinental Hotels outside the Americas only earn a maximum 2,000 points per stay in IHG Rewards Club.  That is a lot of points left on the table for someone paying more than $200 for an InterContinental Hotel stay. And most everyone is paying more than $200 outside the Americas.

The change means a $2,000 stay at an InterContinental like IC Amstel in Amsterdam will earn 20,000 base points as of July 1, 2014.

That is a real bonus for those leading the InterContinental life.

Hotel charges not eligible include: No Shows, Gift certificates, Health Club/Spa fees, Ticket sales, Internet Access, Audio Visual, Flowers, postage, etc.

InterContinental Hotels in the Americas changed to earning 10 points per $1 in January 2012.

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

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IHG has rate discounts for all their hotel brands across Europe, including InterContinental Hotels, with 25% off 4-night stays and 30% for other stays from July 4 to September 4, 2014.

This post looks more closely at these discounts and has me asking if the IHG 2-for-1 rate is dead this summer in Europe?

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The list of IHG PointBreaks hotels available from today through July 31, 2014 is posted. There is a change this time around limiting members to two reservations per hotel. The reservation can be an extended stay. I found one of the hotels where I could book an 8-night stay for 40,000 points when rates were $180 per night after tax.

Here are the two additional terms added to this release of Pointbreaks.

“Due to the limited availability, each member may only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel during the special offer time period. “

Please note that Reward Nights booked through PointBreaks® may not be sold or used for commercial gains. Doing so is a program violation and may result in the freezing of your account, the forfeiture of all point transfers, rewards, vouchers, or merchandise issued pursuant to point redemptions and any accrued points or miles in your account, as well as cancellation of the account and your future participation in the Program.

Remember, for U.S. residents, points are available to buy through U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways for under $6.00 per 1,000 points making these $30 per night rooms.

Here are the hotels available at 5,000 points per night through July 31, 2014.

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