50% Off Points Cost at Several IHG Beach Resorts!

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While the bad news is that IHG Rewards has properties going up in points price effective May 1st (see details here), they are also offering 50% off the points cost at some resort destinations in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean beginning that same date for one week only. 

According to an IHG rep, beginning at noon EST on May 1st through noon EST on May 8th you can book the following resorts for 50% fewer IHG points for travel from May 1 – May 31, 2015.  However, I noticed some of the properties pricing at the lower points rate already today, as shown in the screen shot below…
Intercontinental Cancun 50 OffThe resorts that will be 50% off the points price are:

  • Holiday Inn Resort Acapulco, Mexico – 10,000 points per night
  • Holiday Inn Resort Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – 15,000 points per night
  • Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – 10,000 points per night
  • Holiday Inn Express Los Cabos, Mexico – 7,500 points per night
  • Crowne Plaza Acapulco, Mexico – 10,000 points per night
  • InterContinental Cancun, Mexico – 12,500 points per night
  • Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, Aruba – 12,500 points per night
Holiday Inn Aruba

Holiday Inn Aruba

At prices ranging from 7,500 – 15,000 points per night the 70,000 sign-up bonus points from the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card can go really far!  You can also still buy IHG points via the Daily Getaways at a rate as low as .565 cents per point (roughly 1/2 a cent), though be aware those do not post instantly to your account.  I haven’t stayed at any of these resorts personally, but I have walked by the Holiday Inn property in Aruba and found it to be on a great stretch of beach.  If you have stayed at any of these properties then please weigh in on your experiences!

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Comments

  1. I never visited any of these hotels but if I were IHG I would definitely re-brand some of these properties. When I read Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express the first thing that comes to my mind are budget properties located close to highways where people park their own cars in front of the property for free in a big or small city in the US. They offer the minimum you need to have a decent night of sleep, a decent shower, get free breakfast and take the road again. Thus, I don’t see myself flying to a resort location and staying with my family at a Holiday Inn. Again, I am not saying these are bad hotels and some of the pictures look nice but maybe it is time for IHG to create a new brand for resorts that are not at the level of a Intercontinental but also they are not a “next to the highway sleep location” of a Holiday Inn.

  2. Perhaps IHG updated the webpage, but that Cancun hotel is now 25k points. Guess I’ll wait two more days. Initially I planned on staying at Courtyard since we have 1 day between leaving Hyatt Zilara for 4 days and were going to enjoy Zilara as much as possible the day we’d be checking out. Lol still not sure what time we’ll need to leave by, but at that rate I’ll take an intercontinental over a Courtyard for sure 🙂

    • Could well be – the info I got said it was supposed to go live Friday but I kept seeing many properties already at the lower rates so wanted to mention it. Would not surprise me if they “Fixed the glitch” and brought the points price back up until Friday at noon. Sounds like you have a solid plan!

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