Jun222020

IHG discount reward nights all over globe

IHG moved to reward night dynamic pricing. While many comments I have read on other blogs lament an IHG devaluation, my reaction is to lament my inability to travel to many places where I see fantastic hotel deals available for booking discount reward nights over the next year. Generally speaking, I do not find IHG points that valuable for most IHG hotels due to reward rates frequently exceeding the cost of paid rates when valuing IHG points at $5 per 1,000 points. Recent changes offer IHG points discount rates for reward nights at up to 50% off for many hotels around the USA and world.

InterContinental Ljubljana, Slovenia at 17,500 per night when rates are $180/night means a rate savings of more than 50% paying for reward nights.

Intercontinental Lisbon at 21,000 points per night, Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre at 12,500 points per night are some deals I would love to jump on for IHG hotel stays.

Last week I redeemed most of my IHG points at 25,000 points per night for a week at Kimpton Amsterdam, a hotel that is typically 55,000 points per night on many other dates. My reward stay reservation is scheduled more than six months from now. I give the probability I will be allowed to fly to Amsterdam in 2020 at less than 50% given the inexcusable USA response to control spread of the coronavirus epidemic. Still, since my summer trip to Europe has already been canceled, a trip plan for next winter gives me another travel destination to look forward to as we continue to drift along aimlessly through the horse latitudes of our Covid-19 national response. 

Why I purchased $500 in IHG points last week

While I have no plans to travel this summer, I spent $500 to purchase 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points last week to help a friend road trip travel this summer for a visit with relatives. Some of the best value deals I see are hotels in the USA with $120+ room rates after tax offering reward nights for 12,500 points. At $5 per 1,000 points a room booked using 12,500 points cost $62.50 all in.

My friend’s road trip with six nights cost 75,000 IHG points or $375 and saved over $700 in room rates. 

IHG paid rates near Crater Lake National Park June 23-26

IHG reward rates near Crater Lake National Park June 23-26.

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. I’ll second what you said Ric.
    For now, the dynamic pricing has generally been good.
    Found some nights at the intercontinental singapore normally 200 cash rate for 22k points.

  2. The IC Lisbon was down to 20k a night (I switched my booking from 40k to 20k) and the IC Estoril was 22,500 instead of 50,000. That meant you could book it free as an award night.

  3. Problem is that IHG appear to have changed this yesterday, so now the discounts that were available are no longer there. e.g., appears hotels have forced minimum pricing again – i.e., can no longer get Kimpton that did retail for 55,000 for less than 55,000 points. Last week, that same Kimpton for the same dates was dynamically pricing at 30,000 points

  4. Good to hear from you again! And if your trip happens, I stayed at the Amsterdam Kimpton at the end of February…my last trip… I very much enjoyed my stay and the hotel is in a very convenient location. (Although, sadly, I agree with you–I think your chances of going are slim to none.)

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