Hotel chains like Hilton / IHG / Marriott / etc. grant “status” to their best customers, the customers who stay the most nights. Some typical status names are Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond.
Having status is beneficial, because it often enables you to get free/faster wi-fi, late departure and free breakfast. The latter can really save you money…a few weeks ago I used my Hilton Diamond status to get free breakfasts that would normally cost $15 plus tax per day.
Hilton is currently offering free Gold status to employees of Accenture, but it seems as if anyone can sign up for it.
Once you have status from one hotel chain (say, Hilton), you can ask other hotel chains to for a “status match.” They usually will grant you temporary status that they believe is comparable to what you have at their competitor. That is how I came to be a Hilton Diamond…not from stays, but because Hilton matched my IHG Platinum status.
And how did I get IHG Platinum status, you ask? Did I do a lot of paid stays at IHG properties (Crowne Plaza, Interncontinental, Holiday Inn, Staybridge)? Nope, I just applied for and received one of their IHG credit cards from Chase Bank…one perk of that card is that it grants free Platinum status.
The world of hotel (and airline) status is crazy like that.
IHG PointBreaks are a wonderful deal, just 5000 points per night (= ~$35) and the desirable hotels go fast. Bloggers explain how you can legitimately purchase an unlimited number of IHG points for less than the official price.
Some of my vacation planning is now being done courtesy of International Hotels Group (IHG). My decisions about where to visit are increasingly based upon where IHG has some of their super-cheap PointBreaks hotels.
For example, last year it was Liverpool, England and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I also was able to utilize PointBreaks hotels for already-planned trips to North Carolina and Phoenix.
The new list of IHG PointBreaks should come out in about a week, so I can plan my next trips then. The best places to find the PointBreaks announcement, when it comes out, seem to be http://LoyaltyLobby.com or http://MommyPoints.com
It happened to me in February…I checked into a Hilton Hotel and they would not give me (a Diamond) an upgrade…said they were Full.
UPDATE: This morning I realized that I had included the two screen captures in .png format, rather than the required .jpg format. Unfortunately, the Hilton website will not permit a second application for the same HHonors number, so no update for me this time.
ORIGINAL POST: This might be good until 2018. The offer is targeted, but it might work for anyone.
If you plan to stay in an IHG hotel (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Staybridge Suites, and the Las Vegas Venetian and Palazzo), be aware that its points/night cost may go up or down tomorrow.
International Hotel Group’s “Priceless Surprises” promotion has an official (postmark) deadline of Monday, Feb. 15. However, that day is Presidents Day, a holiday for the U.S. Postal Service, so your 94 entries need to be mailed this week!
Priceless Surprises is one of the best deals going. Its implementation is almost certainly a financial mistake in the eyes of IHG but a boon for savvy consumers. Combining “Priceless Surprises” with IHG’s PointBreaks hotels, you can get a room in a Holiday Inn for $5 (five dollars) per night. I know it works…I’ve done it multiple times both in the United States and overseas.