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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!
We received almost 2,200 giveaway entries. Stay tuned this Saturday, April 30, 2016, for the winner!
Your Favorite IHG Hotels
IHG hotels include Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, EVEN Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, and Staybridge Suites brand hotels.
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
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.
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).
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!
And our readers Gen, Shelley, Leah, and Natasha agree!
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
- Use Cash & Points to buy points
- Transfer Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold (no longer available), or Chase Ink Plus.
- Apply for the Chase IHG Rewards credit card and earn 70,000 points when you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. It also includes a free night every year, on your account anniversary which makes up for the $49 annual fee (waived the first year).
- IHG promotions or discounted point sales, like Daily Getaways
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.
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!