It has been an interesting couple of days here, to say the least. Apparently George (who also goes by Gimini Cricket), The blog reviewer extraordinaire and non-hater of women, did not approve of my “cousin-in-law rule” post. I knew I should have named it “uncle-in-law”. I think things would have been much different. So now sadly I am on his “naughty” list. But I guess I should have seen that one coming. If you are a fan of the show “Scrubs”, it seems we have dr. Cox/ JD dynamic going on. Only if dr. Cox was a woman. 🙂 Anyway, back to business.
I really love IHG program for family. And this is the reason. Every couple of months there is a list of hotels, that only cost 5000 points per night. That way you can redeem for several rooms and not pay an arm and a leg in points. We just stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Melbourne Florida, a beachfront hotel, using Pointbreaks program. See my August 19th post. That was a fantastic deal !
This particular list will be good through October 31st. From the first glance, I don’t find it particularly exciting. There is a hotel in Georgia in Warner Robbins, which we may consider. The city has a military base with an Airplane museum, that my husband loves. So we may go for a weekend at some point, since we can just drive there from Florida.
I value IHG point at 0.5 cent. Since I get 10 percent rebate with my Chase IHG visa, the hotel cost is an equivalent of 22.50 per night, really really cheap. So you may want to check the list out to see if there is anything, that might interest you. You can also buy points for 13.50 per 1000 points. So the cost would be 67.50 per night, also not a bad deal, depending on the hotel. Remember, the tax is included, so that’s also something to consider.
If you happen to have Platinum status at IHG (I do through my Chase IHG credit card), you may be able to get a 100 percent bonus on purchased points through August 26th, which coincidentally is when the list goes live. Check my post on August 13th for more details.
You can also transfer points from Chase Ultimate rewards, if you have Chase Sapphire, Ink Plus or Ink Bold cards. The transfer ratio is 1 to 1. I value Ultimate rewards point at 1.25 cents (another post on that later). So it’s a bit cheaper, than buying through IHG program, since the cost is 12.50 per 1000 points. But your valuation of Ultimate rewards point may vary from mine.
Some hotels sell out fairly quickly, so this will give you a chance to look things over a bit. The Pointbreaks IHG list goes live usually sometime in midday, so watch for an updated version on www.IHG.com on Monday.
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Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.