Woo hoo, it’s the WEEKEND! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!
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.
The IHG Rewards Club Select credit card from Chase had some of the most valuable benefits of any card out there. Just for paying the $49 a year annual fee, you received a free night at any IHG hotel worldwide, Platinum IHG status and a 10% rebate on reward stays. As what eventually happens to all great things, the Rewards Club Select card is no longer (well, it’s no longer available for new applications). So what about it’s new, flashy replacement, the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card? Continue reading “IHG Has A New Credit Card – Here’s How It Compared To Its Predecessor”
If you’re like me, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Because of that, I tend to put things on the back burner if they’re not due right away. So I haven’t even noticed that the hotel chains have all started their newest round of promotions. As it turns out, not all is lost as many offers are very “procrastinator friendly” this time around. Instead of waiting until the last minute, take a few minutes right now to sign up. That’s what I’m going to do. That way you won’t forget and end up missing out on free points.
Happy Sunday, friends and for those who are celebrating, Happy Mother’s Day! Sharon and I have come across a lot of interesting travel-related articles this week – here are some of our favorites.
Hi y’all! Here are some travel articles we’ve read this week that we thought you might find interesting!
- “It’s 5 O’Clock at a Margaritaville hotel somewhere” should be the new slogan for the hotels bearing the same name as the iconic Jimmy Buffett song. The brand is expanding rapidly from their original focus on beachfront resorts and is now opening locations in major cities. They’ve just announced a hotel in Times Square set to open in 2020.
- Nick from Frequent Miler walks us through a dilemma that all collectors of miles and points eventually has to deal with; should you use your rewards points or should you pay cash? The answer is different for everyone but it depends on what value you give to your points.
- Tourism to Las Vegas is going down and one expert is suggesting the dip is due to hotel fees and parking charges making trips there more expensive.
- Last week, Southwest announced the cities they’ll fly to in Hawaii. This week, they revealed the what airports they’ll fly to Hawaii from. Maybe next week we’ll find out the exact routes.
- Here’s how you can earn an easy 250 Starpoints on each Starwood stay just by using mobile check in with the SPG app.
- Ed from Pizza In Motion tells us which six airlines were added to the list of those that participate with TSA Precheck.
- Theme Park University has a good history of explaining new rides and attraction before they’re done and Hagrid’s Roller Coaster, currently under construction in Hogsmeade in the Wonderful World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure is no exception. Here’s what they write from what they know, what they can gather from the construction so far, and a smidge of whisperings from within the theme park industry.
- Lucky from One Mile at a Time writes about changes that reportedly are coming to the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.
- Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai shared the news that IHG has changed their minds (again) about the Anniversary Free Night from the IHG Rewards Club Select credit card. This time the change is for the better and IMHO it’s what they should have done in the first place.
- Walt Disney World has held Night of Joy, an annual Christian rock themed event, for over 30 years. Until now. This week they announced they are shelving the popular event.
- When booking a trip for his parents, James from One Mile at a Time learned the lesson that not everyone has the same preferences when they travel. What may seem like a perfectly normal plan to a miles and points junkie doesn’t appeal to the rest of the world. Heed his warning, as these words of wisdom are usually only learned from personal experience.
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I’m a fan of IHG hotels and often find oversized value in the IHG Rewards Club program. IHG has a large number of hotels at various price points so everyone can be involved in the Rewards Club program and feel like they are getting something out of it. That may be a free night at a Holiday Inn Express just off the interstate or a stay at the InterContinental in Tokyo.
One of IHG’s ongoing promotions is the PointBreak program. Every three months, IHG releases a list of hotels where you can redeem award nights at a significantly reduced rate. This used to be set at 5,000 points for all hotels on the list but in January they changed the program so rooms can now cost from 5,000 to 15,000 points a night. When they made these changes, my hope was that some of the nicer hotels that were missing from recent lists would start showing up again. Finding a hidden gem for a big discount was always part of the appeal of PointBreaks. When I look at this list, that doesn’t seem to be happening. The list is somewhat underwhelming and isn’t doing much to generate excitement from me about the future of PointBreak. . Continue reading “Did You Win The Destination Lottery? (a.k.a.: IHG Announces The Next Group of PointBreak Hotels)”