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A Second Chance at IHG Points Purchase

In case you’ve missed Daily Getaways  IHG promotion last week, I have some good news! Tomorrow you’ll have a second chance at it. To be fair, the price of 0.57 cents per point (with Amex card discount) isn’t spectacular.

I personally won’t be buying, mostly due to the fact that at the moment, I have a healthy supply of IHG points. I have mentioned many times that Chase IHG card is an excellent choice to consider for your next round of applications. For now, you can still get 80,000 points sign-up bonus, according to this Flyertalk thread.

But what if you can’t or don’t want to sign up for their co-branded credit card? Of course, if you buy IHG points for 0.57 cents a piece, you’ll get the most value by booking PointBreaks hotels (new list available). I suggest, everyone has some IHG points on hand, just in case, since the next list may have something you like. However, it is like a box of chocolates and is released only for two months at a time.

So,  let’s assume that you would like to plan a Spring Break vacation on a budget way ahead, you have 2 kids  and don’t mind sharing one room. I have described some nice Florida beach resorts in this post. However, Spring Break time can be very expensive in warm locations, more so if you want to stay at the beach. This is where IHG points may come in handy.

 

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort All-Inclusive, Montego Bay, Jamaica

This place runs at 35,000 points per night. Whoa, where is the value? Well, it’s all-inclusive and kids under 12 stay and eat free. (h/t FTG blog) The rate for the last week in March of 2015, was $439 dollars plus tax per night.

So, let’s say, you purchased a 100,000 IHG package for $570 dollars. You would only be 5,000 points short of getting a 3-night all-inclusive getaway for 4 people. Not bad. Plus, remember, you can fly to Jamaica on Southwest Airlines.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Clearwater Beach S-Harbourside

This place runs at 25,000 points per night. If you don’t feel like flying to Caribbean, this could fit the bill. The rate for March was $199 plus tax. My in-laws have actually stayed at this place and really liked it.

It’s located right next to marina and is only a short walk from the beach. It also has a water park, miniature golf and much more. You could get 4 nights at this place for $570 all-in, if purchasing the Daily Getaways deal.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront

The award rate is 20,000 points per night, and it would cost you $159 per room plus tax (non-refundable rate) in March. We were  fortunate to stay here when it was on the PointBreaks list last August. Don’t count on it happening during the winter, though. It is a nice place, and I think 20,000 points is a fairly good deal during peak season. You can read my report from last year HERE
Honorable mention:
Ok, this place is actually nowhere near the beach, but I just had to include it. This resort is so darn cute! It’s located near a golf course and has a lot of fun amenities. The award rate is 20,000 points per night and non-refundable rate in March is $165 plus tax ($189 refundable rate).
Here is an excerpt from the website : “Guests enjoy complimentary access to Shula’s athletic club & spa. Located just 5 minutes away from the hotel, the 44,000 square foot facility offers yoga, pilates, spinning, kick-boxing, child-care.
 I have highlighted the last part!
All of these resorts are easily accessible via different airlines, including Southwest. As always, the best part of dealing with hotel points is that you can usually cancel your reservation  one day ahead without any penalty.
All of these places would also be a good deal during major holidays.Whether you decide to buy points at 0.57 cents a piece is up to you, but I hope I have shown you some examples where it can certainly make sense.
P.S. I’ll be out of state for the rest of the week, so I’ve decided to skip this Friday’s segment. I’m not sure on whether I’ll even have internet, and things will be incredibly hectic anyway. I’ve scheduled my Monday’s post, though it may not publish. If you follow Million Mile Secrets blog, you should be caught up on the main news.
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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and 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.

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