The market has spoken. I spoke before the market when I wrote last week that IHG Rewards Club points generally do not sell out quickly in the annual Daily Getaways sales at the purchase price of $6.00 per 1,000 points.

Apparently, out of 50 million or 80 million members there are not 7,500 buyers typing in credit card numbers to buy 100,000 points. Or even 15,000 points. IHG membership number grows like the old McDonald’s sign used to update – in millions, before reaching billions.

Doesn’t everyone want to have 15,000 points for at least three PointBreaks reward nights?

Honestly, I can’t recall my last PointBreaks 5,000 points hotel reward night. In 2013, I scored three consecutive PointBreaks nights driving from Monterey, California to Denver, Colorado. Have I redeemed any IHG points for PointBreaks since 2013?

Daily Getaways IHG Rewards Club points still widely available

In the past few minutes, two hours after the Daily Getaways sale launched for today’s offer of discount IHG Rewards Club points, I was able to set up a purchase for the maximum amount of points an IHG Rewards Club member can buy today in the U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways offers.

I did not buy points. I have a six-figure IHG Rewards Club points balance already.

But, you can still buy hotel points at a discount price.

Daily Getaways IHG 15,000-$90

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 15,000 points for $90

  • Purchase limit: Maximum 5 sets of points per member ($450).

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 25,000 points for $150

  • Purchase limit: Maximum 4 sets of points per member ($600).

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 50,000 points for $293

  • Purchase limit: Maximum 4 sets of points per member ($879).

Daily Getaways – IHG Rewards Club 100,000 points for $565

    • Purchase limit: Maximum 3 sets of points per member ($1,695).

An IHG Rewards Club member can buy up to 675,000 points with these Daily Getaways offers for $3,624. That is 135 nights in PointBreaks hotels or as few as 13 nights in InterContinental Hotels. A 5,000 points PointBreaks reward night will cost only $30 per night at this price. That is a bargain. Spending $293 for 50,000 points and one free InterContinental San Francisco hotel night is not such a great bargain.

With more than 4,800 hotels around the world, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) gives you a world of choice whatever the reason for your trip. Our family of nine trusted brands offers hotels in nearly 100 countries. From an award-winning InterContinental® Resort to a city-center Holiday Inn® hotel, IHG has the right choice for all your travel needs. IHG brands include InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, HUALUXE® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, and Candlewood Suites®.

Truth is, at least for me, I am more likely to want to spend IHG points on a hotel at 25,000 to 50,000 points per night. InterContinental San Francisco at 50,000 points is still a $300 hotel room when paid with points from this sale. My hotel stay strategy is keep my IHG points and wait for a deep discount rate at the hotel.

Personally, Kelley and I earned four free nights for any IHG hotel in the world on about $600 in spend last November and December with IHG Into the Nights promotion. That is a value equivalent to 200,000 points or about $1,200 based on the price of these Daily Getaways points.

I find better value staying in IHG hotels on paid stays and earning points through the lucrative IHG Rewards Club promotions rather than buying points.

Bottom line is I think this is a decent deal to buy IHG points if you redeem for good value reward nights. For certain, I would get more value from IHG hotel reward stays using points than the cost of IHG points. But, I don’t need IHG points at present with four free nights anywhere still to burn in 2015.

Apparently not too many of the other millions upon millions of IHG Rewards Club members in the USA are buyers of IHG Rewards Club points at these prices. 7,350 buyers would have bought these points out.

The market has spoken.

Daily Getaways IHG Rewards Club points go on sale Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00pm ET, 10:00am PT. Four different sets of points will sell for $6.00 per 1,000 points starting at $90 for 15,000 points or as low as 5.65 per 1,000 points when you buy 100,000 points.

Daily Getaways travel deals are offered annually for five weeks by U.S. Travel Association, the primary organization devoted to promoting travel to and within the United States. Daily Getaways are legitimate offers and for several hotel loyalty programs, the deepest discount you will find all year for buying hotel points. This is the fifth year for Daily Getaways offers.

Daily Getaways 2015 IHG Rewards Club Mar 24

IHG Rewards Club points

IHG Rewards Club points – Tuesday, March 24, 2015

IHG 15,000 points = $90 with 1,000 sets of points for sale ($6.00 per 1,000 points). Purchase limit = 5 sets of points.

IHG 25,000 points = $150 with 1,000 sets of points for sale ($6.00 per 1,000 points). Purchase limit = 4 sets of points.

IHG 50,000 points = $293 with 1,500 sets of points for sale ($5.83 per 1,000 points).

IHG 100,000 points = $565 with 3,850 sets of points for sale ($5.65 per 1,000 points).

IHG Rewards Club typically do not sell out due to the large number of packages available. You can buy 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points anytime for $7.00 per 1,000 points by booking a Points and Cash reward stay, buying 10,000 points for $70 and canceling the reservation. The points return to your account. This can be done for 250,000 points per year.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks Hotels for stays to May 31, 2015.

Last week I showed a road trip itinerary using low car rental rates available as Drive Out of Florida one-way deals routing from Orlando to Philadelphia specifically for a hotel stay at an IHG hotel every night on a 5,000 Pointbreaks hotel reward. That is $28.25 per night for hotel rooms.

Loyalty Traveler – Budget Travel Trifecta: Spirit flights, IHG hotels and Florida one way rental car deals (March 17, 2015).

IHG Rewards Club are the first hotel program points to be offered in the 2015 Daily Getaways.

All the price points and number of sets of points for sale are listed in this Loyalty traveler post from last week.

Loyalty Traveler – Daily Getaways 2015 discount hotel points preview for March 23 to April 10 (March 13, 2015)

IHG Rewards Club members are eligible for 30% discount paid rates during the 4-day Mexico hotels IHG Flash Sale March 13-16, 2015 for stays through June 15. The Mexico hotels discount offer is 30% off Best Flexible Rate.

More than 120 IHG Mexico hotels are participating. This special offer requires a minimum 2-night stay and maximum 7 nights. This sale offer is exclusively for IHG Rewards Club members.

No details yet whether this will be a prepaid nonrefundable rate or a flexible rate allowing cancellation.

InterContinental Presidente Ixtapa Resort sample rates today will allow a comparison to the sale rate tomorrow.

InterContinental Ixtapa Resort

April 14-17, 2015 for 3 nights. Penalty if canceled after 6pm April 11, three days before arrival. This is an all-inclusive resort so everyone gets free food and drinks.

Premium Services
  • Buffet Breakfast included
  • Continental Breakfast included
  • Dinner Snacks, complimentary
  • Drinks, complimentary
  • Lunch Snacks, complimentary

Advance purchase (21 days)

  • Two double beds, garden view = $188.92.
  • Two double beds, ocean view = $224.92
  • Two double beds, ocean front = $260.92
  • Two double beds junior suite, ocean view = $323.92
  • King junior suite, ocean view = $323.92

Best Flexible Rate (IHG Mexico Flash Sale should be 30% off these rates)

  • Two double beds, garden view = $209.90.
  • Two double beds, ocean view = $249.90
  • Two double beds, ocean front = $289.90
  • Two double beds junior suite, ocean view = $359.90
  • King junior suite, ocean view = $359.90

Advance purchase rates are 10% less than Best Flexible. The IHG Flash Sale rates should be 30% off Best Flexible.

Enjoy another benefit of being an IHG® Rewards Club member with our Exclusive Online Sale. Visit us from March 13th through the 16th and book your next Mexico vacations to get a 30% discount off of our Best Flexible rate. The 30% discount is available for stays from March 13th to June 15th, 2015 in more than 120 hotels in Mexico for IHG®Rewards Club members. Are you still not a member? You can join at the time of booking. The membership is free and with no restrictions.

Terms & Conditions

Promotion applies for bookings from March 13th until 16th staying from March 13th until June 15th in hotels in México. Promotion is subject to availability. The rate will be different depending on the property selected. Reservation must be a 2-night minimum stay and maximum 7-night stay. To book the rate you must be a member of IHG® Rewards Club. The rate quoted already includes the discount. A fee for an extra bed could be charged by the hotel. Promotion is not valid with group reservations.  Occupancy per room depends on the hotel selected. Promotion is valid only for hotels in Mexico. Reservations are exclusive online.

Mexico Hotels IHG Flash Sale March 13-16, 2015.

Portugal now has three InterContinental Hotels with the announcement of signing InterContinental Lisbon-Estoril. The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, located west of Lisbon city center in the affluent town of Estoril. The train station near the hotel provides easy transportation to Lisbon and the rest of Portugal. The area is referred to as the “Coast of Kings”.

InterContinental Lisbon-Estoril has 59 rooms with Superior rooms, Club rooms with ocean view and six suites/family rooms. The hotel features indoor and outdoor pools and a hotel spa center.


Estoril, Portugal is about ten miles west of Lisbon city center. Nearby Cabo da Roca or Roca Cape is the westernmost point in mainland Europe located about another ten miles northwest of Estoril.

InterContinental Lisbon

Less than six months ago IHG announced InterContinental Lisbon as a rebrand of a 1984 property initially flagged as Le Meridien before becoming the Tiara Park Atlantic Lisbon Hotel in 2008. The hotel has 225 single bedded rooms and 106 Double Bedded rooms with 16 suites.

IHG Rewards Club free nights are 35,000 points at InterContinental Lisbon.

InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas

In 2011, IHG opened InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas in a restored 15th century monastery and one of Porto’s most striking buildings on a major city square – Praça da Liberdade. The monastery was purchased in the 19th century at auction by a Portuguese business man who made his fortune in Brazil and planned to turn the property into a palace. A condition of the purchase required the building façade to be maintained.

IHG Rewards Club free nights are 30,000 points at InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas.

Architect Alex Kravtetz restored the property for the InterContinental Hotel. I enjoy seeing architecture firm photos of hotel projects. They often offer far more photographic information than the hotel’s own website. Here are photos of InterContinental Porto and several other luxury hotel projects designed by the firm.

InterContinental Porto

In addition to three InterContinental Hotels in Portugal, IHG also signed the Park Atlantic Hotel Porto six months ago and flagged it as Crowne Plaza Porto. This hotel is open and currently undergoing remodeling to improve the hotel lower part of the facade and entrance, during the period of 12th February to 30th April. IHG Rewards Club nights are 30,000 points.

IHG has made big gains in Portugal and IHG Rewards Club makes these properties good value with points in high summer season. Portugal in off season has some of the best hotel bargains in Europe.

Apparently the flash sale has already started since I booked a 25,000 points per night reward reservation at the Venetian in the last minute and it is only 7:58am EST on March 10.

From 12 noon EST March 10 for 24 hours you can book a suite at The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas at 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points, a 50% discount from the standard reward night rate.

The Palazzo – InterContinental Alliance Resort

The Venetian – InterContinental Alliance Resort

You will still have to pay the $25 per night resort fee for reward stays.

The Venetian and the Palazzo are two separate hotel buildings with a resort pool complex located between them. The sister properties operate as the largest hotel by rooms in the world with 7,117 rooms. These properties are all suites resorts.

These two Las Vegas resort hotels became part of IHG Rewards Club as InterContinental Alliance Resorts in April 2011. That alliance seemed to kick off an alliance between Las Vegas casinos and major hotel chains with Hyatt-MGM and Starwood Caesars partnerships.

Stay dates are March 10 to December 28 with some dates blacked out:

Blackout Dates

  • 3/25/2015, Wed
  • 3/26/2015, Thu
  • 3/27/2015, Fri
  • 4/14/2015, Tue
  • 4/15/2015, Wed
  • 5/3/2015, Sun
  • 5/18/2015, Mon
  • 5/19/2015, Tue
  • 5/23/2015, Sat
  • 5/24/2015, Sun
  • 5/29/2015, Fri
  • 5/30/2015, Sat
  • 6/19/2015, Fri
  • 6/20/2015, Sat
  • 8/17/2015, Mon
  • 9/5/2015, Sat
  • 9/18/2015, Fri
  • 9/19/2015, Sat
  • 9/28/2015, Mon
  • 9/29/2015, Tue
  • 10/6/2015, Tue
  • 10/7/2015, Wed
  • 11/2/2015, Mon
  • 11/3/2015, Tue
  • 11/4/2015, Wed

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Kimpton Hotels announced the launch of their Nightcap Program this week at 17 hotels. Long known for its complimentary wine social in the evening, Kimpton now goes a little harder into alcohol content with the Nightcap Program.

Starting this week at participating Kimpton hotels such as the Morrison House in Washington, DC and the Surfcomber in South Beach, Kimpton guests will be invited to sample a tasting of a traditional nightcap spirit or liqueur such as brandy, cognac or port, paired with an accompanying bite such as a shortbread cookie, nuts or chocolate. Nightly samplings will vary from property to property and might include tawny port and blue cheese, scotch and shortbread, or cognac and crystalized ginger.

Kimpton Nightcap Program press release (March 2, 2015)

Most hotels will offer the Nightcap Program from 9:00-10:30pm.

Current participating hotels include:

·    Surfcomber (South Beach, Fla.) 

·    Morrison House (Alexandria, VA/Washington, DC) 

·    Topaz (Washington, DC) 

·    Hotel Madera (Washington, DC) 

·    Hotel Monaco Alexandria (Virginia) 

·    Hotel Monaco DC 

·    Hotel Palomar Philadelphia 

·    Hotel Monaco Philadelphia 

·    Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh 

·    Hotel Allegro (Chicago) 

·    Hotel Monaco Denver 

·    Sky Hotel (Aspen, Colo.) 

·    Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City 

·    Hotel Monaco Portland 

·    RiverPlace Hotel (Portland, Ore.) 

·    Canary Hotel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 

·    Hotel La Jolla

Kimpton Hotels plans to roll out the Nightcap Program to additional hotels across the brand throughout 2015.

Kimpton Karma Loyalty Program

InterContinental Hotels Group purchased Kimpton Hotels December 16, 2014. Kimpton Hotels continues to run Kimpton Karma loyalty program as a separate hotel loyalty program from IHG Rewards Club. There has been no announcement on plans to merge the loyalty programs. IHG Rewards Club members do not receive any elite member benefits at Kimpton Hotels at this time. Kimpton Hotels-IHG FAQ.

Cheap flights under $500 from San Francisco to Dublin motivated me to buy my last two tickets to Europe and then catch a low cost carrier to the city I really wanted to visit. In November, I flew British Airways to Dublin via London and last month KLM to Amsterdam and Aer Lingus to Dublin on a $449 round trip.

In December, I stayed at Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport and we stayed at the hotel again in February. I wanted to stay at the adjacent Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Northwood in February to fulfill one of my Set Your Sights IHG promotion offers for 12,000 bonus points with two Crowne Plaza stays by April 30. The rate was 50 EUR more than Holiday Inn Express. The hotels are adjacent to each other in an area called Northwood, about four miles from the airport.

HIX DUB sign

Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport


The complimentary hotel shuttle runs 5am to midnight. Airport pick-up and drop-off is at bus station #14. Dublin Airport has two terminals and the bus parking spaces are in a central airport lot and numbered from 1 to 18 or so. You can travel onward to all over Ireland from the bus stops at the airport. We lucked out to catch the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport shuttle just before it left the airport for the hotel. Good I knew directly where to go for bus stop #14 from my December stay at the airport hotel.

Beer or Points?

Cayeleen checked us into the hotel. I was given a choice of points or a free pint of beer. Which do you think I chose?

You are wrong if you guessed I chose beer.

Kelley looked at the room and was unimpressed at the size of the room and bed. It looked just like the hotel room I had slept in ten weeks earlier, except as a corner room there were two windows to open for fresh air. In Amsterdam earlier that day we had a rough time with Kelley getting her wallet and eyeglasses stolen from her purse.

I was happy she still had her passport and I had a second chance to snap the blue light bathroom photo I did not take during my December stay at the hotel.

HIX Dub blue light bath

Bathroom blue light in Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport


Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport room photos can be seen in an article I wrote in December comparing the small Dublin Airport room size at about 150 sq. ft. to a much larger Holiday Inn Express Port Hueneme , California hotel room.

Loyalty Traveler – But we stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night (and earned one free night) December 22, 2015.

The nagging question: Beer or Points?

So there I am at midnight in Dublin, Kelley asleep in bed after 30 hours of international travel and I can’t get the hotel Wi-Fi to work on my computer. I read the slip of paper from the front desk stating I will get 300 IHG Rewards Club points as my IHG Rewards Club Platinum amenity.

You are right if you guessed I chose beer over points.

A pint of beer had a 5.50 EUR value, whereas 300 IHG Rewards Club points is about a $2.00 value for me.

Cayeleen, the front desk staffer also worked as the Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport bartender. She canceled the 300 bonus points and poured me a pint of Heineken.

HIX Dub bar

Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport bar


Big shout out to Cayeleen of HIX Dublin Airport

Big shout out to Cayeleen of the Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport for her vital assistance in helping us out during our stay. We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport about 12 hours after Kelley’s wallet was stolen with two credit cards lost, while walking through Amsterdam Centraal train station.

The police in Amsterdam recommended contacting the credit card companies right away to cancel our cards, however, they did not offer to let us use their phone for the international collect calls to the numbers on the cards.

I tried using my computer at HIX Dublin Airport to find I was unable to connect to Wi-Fi at HIX. When I went to the public phone in the Holiday Inn Express lobby, there was no dial tone.

I use my email for all communication when outside the USA. Figuring out foreign phone connections can be challenging for the inexperienced.

HIX bar

Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport bar seating in lobby.


Cayeleen at the front desk of the Holiday Inn Express helped me access the collect phone call connections. I canceled the two credit cards with no fraudulent activity reported on either card.

The wireless connection issue turned out to be due to my stay in December and Wi-Fi worked fine after I deleted the old Wi-Fi connection for the HIX off my computer.

IHG Northwood complex

Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Northwood (left), conference center (white building in center) and Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport (right).


Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Northwood and Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport Northwood are two hotels with a small conference center between them. The Crowne Plaza is a good looking hotel. I snapped photos of the lobby and conference center area to share in another article. (link to come)

There is a large green space in Santry-Demesne Regional Park across the street from the hotels. This was the site of a 1703 estate house that was demolished in 1959. The 72 acres became a public park in 2004.

Northwood park

Santry-Demesne Regional Park Dublin was created from an early 18th century estate.


Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport is 25,000 points for a reward night.

I booked a 69 EUR flexible day of arrival cancellation rate, about $80 USD. For that price, we had complimentary airport shuttle transportation, breakfast for two and one pint of Heineken. Good deal.

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 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


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


  • Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport-Conf Ctr


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


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


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


  • Holiday Inn Express Southington


  • Holiday Inn Express Tampa-Anderson Rd/Veterans Exp


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


  • Holiday Inn Express Clinton
  • Holiday Inn Express Le Mars


  • Holiday Inn Express Boise-University Area


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


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


  • Holiday Inn Express Murray
  • Holiday Inn Express Pikeville


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


  • Candlewood Suites West Springfield


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


  • Holiday Inn Express Grand Blanc


  • Holiday Inn Express Mankato East


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


  • 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


  • Holiday Inn Express Lincoln South

New Hampshire

  • Crowne Plaza Nashua

New Jersey

  • Holiday Inn Express Vineland Millville

New Mexico

  • Holiday Inn Express Silver City


  • Holiday Inn Express Fallon

New York

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


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


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


  • 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


  • Holiday Inn Express Athens


  • 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


  • Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City South – Murray


  • 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


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


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

West Virginia

  • Holiday Inn Express Newell-Chester WV


  • Candlewood Suites Sheridan


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.

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


  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, 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.

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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)


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.

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