My Solo Hotel Stay In Seattle

For the first time in a while, I was traveling solo. Sharon and I just spent five days in New York City and now there was a Frequent Traveler University happening the following weekend in Seattle. Sharon and I just attended the FTU in Chicago a few months ago so we decided it would be best for her to head home from New York and for me to head to Seattle by myself.

We were offered a great price for rooms at the hotel where the event was happening, so I booked three nights for myself at the conference rate. The first day I had some time to do some sightseeing so I was hoping public transport would be sufficient to get me to downtown Seattle and back.

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Flash Sale! Buy IHG Points For 0.5 Cents Each

IHG, the parent company of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and the Intercontinental hotels, is having a flash sale to buy points for the IHG Rewards Club program. They’re offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles for now until March 22, 2018. I’m not a big fan of purchasing miles without a use in mind but it’s really easy to get at least 0.5 cents per point value out of IHG points. For a while, I found IHG points to be the best value of any hotel program.

I maxed out my IHG point purchase last year when I bought 60,000 points during one of these 100% bonus promotions, ending up with 120,000 IHG points in my account. Unfortunately, those points are still sitting there. I don’t feel that was a bad purchase; I haven’t found a good time to redeem them. I did lose out by holding on to them because the value of my points decreased when IHG increased the points needed to redeem a free night at several hotels we like to stay at.

I’m still going to buy points again during this flash sale. Why?

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New Contests & Discounts, News from MCO, What to NEVER Do With Your Boarding Pass & More!

Woo HOO! Happy Saturday, friends! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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The Milestone Achievement I Forgot But IHG Rewards Club Remembered

Travel has been a part of my life as long as I can remember and even if the trips we went on weren’t far, we still went somewhere. Those adventures often were road trips; long treks from New Jersey to far flung locations like Florida, Tennessee and Minnesota. This meant we spent a great deal of time at hotels on the side of interstates and a whole lot of nights spent at Holiday Inns.


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Earn Extra IHG Points For Staying At A Kimpton Hotel

Check your email because both Sharon and I received a message from IHG that offered 10,000 bonus Rewards Club points for our next Kimpton stay. The email also reminded us that the offer can stack on top of the current Accelerate promotion (you’ve already signed up for that one, I hope).


IHG just merged Kimpton hotels into the Rewards Club program earlier this year so this is apparently a push to get IHG Rewards Club members to look into booking Kimpton hotels. 10,000 Rewards Club points isn’t much towards a high end IHG hotel but it could get you a free night at many of the current PointBreaks hotels. The ability to stack this with the current Accelerate promotion might make it worthwhile to look at the prices of Kimpton hotels if you’re traveling where they are located.  Continue reading “Earn Extra IHG Points For Staying At A Kimpton Hotel”

Will Changes To The IHG PointBreaks Promotion Affect You?

IHG announced last week that they were going to release the list of PointsBreaks hotels for the next three months on the following Monday (as of this writing, two days ago). This is a common occurrence that travel obsessed people look forward to like it’s the arrival of the Sears catalog (or for you younger folks, it’s like when they announce what shows are coming to Netflix). However this announcement caused a huge buzz because of the changes that IHG was making to the promotion. In addition to saying the list would be released, they also announced that instead of the previous price of 5,000 Rewards Club points a night, there would now be three different point categories with rooms costing either 5,000, 10,000 or 15,000 points a night. Why was this such a big deal?

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You Can Now Use IHG Points At Kimpton Hotels, But For How Much?

Kimpton is a boutique hotel chain made up of 65 distinct properties in 34 cities. Each of their hotels have a distinct design style and offer an original experience different from most other hotels. In December of 2014, IHG (the parent company of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels, amongst others) entered an agreement to buy Kimpton. A collective sigh could be heard in the miles and points world. It was as if the voices of Kimpton loyalists suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Sorry, too obscure of a Obi Wan Kenobi reference? Back to Kimpton.

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