Our Readers Love These IHG Hotels – and You Might, Too!

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Many of our readers commented and tweeted about their favorite IHG hotels in last week’s IHG points giveaway!

The contest is now closed.  But y’all had so many terrific ideas on where to use IHG points!

I’ll show you how to use the 70,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase IHG card to stay at the hotels you’ve recommended!

Which Incredible IHG Hotels Did Readers Recommend? Find Out the Top Picks, Like This Gorgeous InterContinental Resort

We received almost 2,200 giveaway entries.  Stay tuned this Saturday, April 30, 2016, for the winner!

Your Favorite IHG Hotels

Link:   Chase IHG Rewards 70,000 Point Offer

IHG hotels include Candlewood SuitesCrowne Plaza, EVEN Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Resorts, Hotel IndigoIntercontinental Hotels & Resorts, and Staybridge Suites brand hotels.

And the 70,000 point sign-up bonus with the Chase IHG card is enough for a free night at any IHG hotel – even their most expensive resorts!

Or use the points for more nights at lower category hotels, like family-friendly Holiday Inns.  Or discounted stays at IHG PointBreaks locations, which change every quarter and cost just 5,000 points per night.

Traveling in the US

I’ve written about amazing IHG hotels in the US to use your Chase IHG card anniversary free night certificate.  And some of these locations are reader favorites, too!

Million Mile Secrets readers love New York!  Michael, Jeff, and Kathy tweeted their praises for the InterContinental New York – Times Square, where you can stay for 60,000 IHG points per night.


And reader Leonard commented he liked the location of the Crowne Plaza – New York, which is in the same area but costs 50,000 IHG points per night.

The Crowne Plaza – New York Is Right in the Heart of the Action in Times Square

Many of you shared experiences at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in your favorite vacation destinations.

Robyn says she looks for Holiday Inn Express locations in any city she’s visiting!  And I get why – they have free hot breakfast, including a pancake machine that has gotten some attention! 2016-04-28_16-19-34 Piotr recommends the Holiday Inn Express in Scottsdale.  There are actually 2 locations – the Holiday Inn Express Scottsdale – Old Town (25,000 IHG points per night) and the Holiday Inn Express Scottsdale – North (20,000 IHG points per night). 2016-04-28_18-55-58

And Tana is a fan of the Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Beach – it’s 25,000 IHG points per night and just a few blocks from the water!


I’ve written that Holiday Inn hotels can be an excellent deal if you’re traveling with family, or to smaller cities and towns.

And our readers Gen, Shelley, Leah, and Natasha agree!

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And Shelley reports she uses her Chase IHG anniversary award night to escape the cold each year at the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach, which normally costs 35,000 IHG points per night.  She even gets upgraded to a 2-bedroom suite (free Platinum Elite status from the card doesn’t hurt!)

Looks Like a Sweet Spot to Use Your Chase IHG Anniversary Award Night, Shelley!
Leah @ The Frugal South loves the Holiday Inn Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.  It looks like a terrific spot for families with a playground, kids activities, and a beachfront location.  You can stay for 40,000 IHG points per night.

Arizona is definitely popular!  Natasha recommends the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tempe.  It’s close to downtown Phoenix and the airport and costs 20,000 IHG points per night.

If you like Disney vacations, Mary Jane says the Holiday Inn Resort – Orange Lake in Kissimmee, Florida is an excellent pick at 35,000 IHG points per night.

My friend stayed there with her family last fall and she agrees!  The “standard room” is a 2-bedroom villa which sleeps 8, and has a full kitchen, dining room, and patio!

And there are many pools, a massive lazy river, activities, and beautiful trails throughout the sprawling grounds.

My Friend Says the Holiday Inn Resort – Orange Lake in Kissimmee Is SO Big You Have to Drive to Get Between Pool Areas

Traveling for the holidays?  Reader jhawkgirl points out the InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza is a terrific spot to visit when the Country Club Plaza (the shopping, food, and entertainment district) is lit up with holiday lights.  You’ll pay 40,000 IHG points for an award night here.

2016-04-28_20-24-02 Ernest prefers the Hotel Indigo Del Mar for his San Diego getaways.  For 25,000 IHG points per night, you’ll be close to the beach and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. 2016-04-28_20-24-34
Visit Miles of Natural Beaches, Sandstone Cliffs, and Rare Pine Trees at Torrey Pines Reserve in San Diego

And in San Francisco, Pat recommends the InterContinental San Francisco, a luxury hotel in the SoMa district which costs 60,000 IHG points per night.


Don’t forget Las Vegas!  Rob reminds us The Venetian is an InterContinental hotel – and you can stay for 60,000 IHG points per night.

You Can Stay at Both The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas With IHG Points!

Traveling in Canada, Mexico, & South America

Our readers know Canadian vacations can be an awesome deal because of the good exchange rate.

Ian recommends the Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.  It’s close to the Fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th century French fortress, and plenty of scenic villages.  And it’s a steal at 10,000 IHG points per night! 2016-04-29_09-50-01

And Eddy likes the InterContinental Montreal.  It’s walking distance to historic Old Montreal and costs 45,000 IHG points per night.

Visit Montreal for a European Vibe Without Leaving the Continent!

Readers Charles and Iliana both like the InterContinental Presidente Cozumel in Mexico.  And I agree with Charles, it’s a bargain for 40,000 IHG points per night!

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Reader Bob has stayed twice at the Crowne Plaza Santiago in Chile (25,000 IHG points for an award night).  And he even got upgraded to the Presidential Suite – very nice!


Here are more excellent IHG hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean!

Traveling in Europe

I’ve written about how you can save in Europe by booking hotels with the Chase IHG card’s free anniversary night.  And you’ve come up with lots of ideas, too!

The InterContinental London Park Lane made my list, and it’s a favorite of readers Laura and Thomas.  You can stay in style for 60,000 IHG points per night.

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Or save your points and do what Michael does.  The Hotel Indigo London – Kensington Earl’s Court is in an excellent location and costs 40,000 IHG points per night.


Travelers to Paris also have plenty of choices to suit their travel styleKazu loves the InterContinental Paris – Le Grand, where an award night costs 60,000 IHG points.

And Laarni recommends the Holiday Inn Notre Dame, which has views of the Eiffel Tower and costs fewer IHG points – only 40,000 per night.

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Reader Marilyn enjoyed her stay at the InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas in Portugal.  It’s an excellent deal at 35,000 IHG points per night – and it’s in a former palace!

Visit Charming Porto, Portugal and Stay for 35,000 IHG Points per Night at the InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas

And if you’re visiting Austria, Candace highly recommends the InterContinental Vienna for a true luxury experience.


It’s also a great deal at 35,000 IHG points for an award night!

Traveling in Asia & the South Pacific

Dozens of readers said the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is their top pick!  Including Jennifer, Cynthia, Sharath, Catherine, Jacki, Jason, and Hashim.

It costs 60,000 IHG points per night, but it’s become very difficult to find available award nights.  Probably because it’s on everyone’s bucket list!

2016-04-29_11-02-32 Emily and I stayed at this resort in 2012 and it was incredible.  If you can’t find award nights here, the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora has more available dates. Scott likes the InterContinental Hong Kong (60,000 IHG point per night) and I agree the view is amazing!  We stayed for 3 nights with Emily’s folks on our way home from the Maldives and it was an excellent experience. 2016-04-29_11-13-38 Michele calls the InterContinental Asiana Saigon “an oasis of tranquility in the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.”  And it’s an amazing price for an InterContinental – just 25,000 IHG points per night. 2016-04-29_11-16-00
The Incredible Seafood at the InterContinental Saigon Might Make Me Reconsider Vegetarianism!

And Kalboz enjoyed his stay at the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort in Thailand.  They even have a private jet which will deliver you to the resort from Bangkok!


Sadly, private jet service is NOT included in the room rate of 35,000 IHG points per night. 🙁

Earn More IHG Points

If you need more IHG points, they’re easy to earn!

You can get IHG points for 0.7 cents per point (or less), if you’re comfortable using the cash and points trick.

Or transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to IHG Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.  Keep in mind, you’ll usually get better value from your Ultimate Rewards points if you transfer to other partners like United Airlines or Hyatt.

Bottom Line

Our readers are full of terrific ideas!  I loved hearing about your favorite IHG hotels – and hopefully this list will give y’all some inspiration on where to take your next trip!

Some of your picks are classic InterContinental locations like the InterContinental London – Park Lane or InterContinental New York – Times Square.

But many of you shared experiences at hotels further off the beaten path, like the InterContinental Montreal, InterContinental Asiana Saigon, and InterContinental Hua Hin Resort.  Or family-friendly hotels like the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach and Holiday Inn Resort – Orange Lake.

Is your favorite IHG hotel missing from the list?  Let me know in the comments!

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