Daily Getaways Start Today – Anyone Need IHG Rewards Club Points?

The U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways promotion starts today, May 6th. For the first day, they’re featuring IHG hotels and have several different offers for different point levels.

Today’s Offers

Here are the offers that will go on sale today on the Daily Getaways website at 1PM ET:

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  • $50 – 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points – 410 available (Max 5)
  • $175 – 35,000 IHG Rewards Club points – 440 available (Max 4)
  • $300 – 60,000 IHG Rewards Club points – 425 available (Max 4)
  • $500 – 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points – 550 available (Max 3)

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How Much Should You Tip Housekeeping At Extended Stay Hotels?

We’ve stayed at many types of hotels from Park Hyatts to Comfort Inns. We always leave a tip for housekeeping every day of our stay, if that’s the appropriate social norm for the country we’re in. While I understand that some rooms are harder to clean than others due to size or number of thing that need to be changed, I can readily figure out what’s the appropriate amount to leave on the pillow (or with a note letting them know the money is theirs to take).

The only place I struggle to figure out how much to leave is when we stay in an extended stay hotel.

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A Look Back At Our Hotel Stays Of 2018

Here we are, at the end of 2018. When looking back at our hotel stays from the past year, I get a sense of how we traveled and how it compared to previous years. I make travel decisions based on how I think we travel but if those trends are changing, I’ll need to adapt the methods I use when looking at the best way to maximize our points usage and out of pocket spending. When I look back at 2018, I’m really happy how everything turned out. Going into the year, due to some work changes, I knew that saving cash on hotel stays would be a priority. I never really focused on earning hotel points before but I’m a quick study and I set a goal to not pay for a hotel room if I could help it.

I did really good in achieving my goal. We stayed in hotels for 37 nights and only paid $1000. When I paid cash for a room there was a specific reason I did so. The rest of our hotel stays were paid for by points or free nights earned by having certain hotel credit cards. Here’s a breakdown of our stays for the year:

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New IHG Promotion Gives Bonus Points, Discounted Rates AND A Discount On Gas

I’m usually not impressed by hotel promotions that tout discounted rates. The savings are often compared to the normal room rate and no one pays that. I mean, if you’re just a member of the hotel loyalty program, you can get a discounted price. I’ve found that AAA member rates are even lower. However, I’ll still check out the prices if I have an upcoming stay planned, just in case. Why throw away potentially free money, right? Well, it looks like this current IHG promotion might actually be worth looking into to.

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