Hilton Adding New “Tru” Hotel Brand Later This Year

Aimed at younger guests, but may appeal to budget-minded travelers of all ages.

Sneak Peek: New Hilton Brand “Tru” Launches With 102 Hotels

Tru By Hilton: A New Desk-Less “Millennial” Hotel Brand

Will have showers but no tubs, free breakfast, free wi-fi. The rooms will have no closets and no desks, which is a deal-killer for many travelers…their intended audience is Millenials who prefer to work on their laptops in bed.

Million Mile Secrets blog has a good preview.

Another blogger’s take on the new brand: http://dealswelike.boardingarea.com/2016/01/27/a-new-hilton-brand-tru-coming-soon/

How to Get Your Free Breakfast at Hotels

Being able to go downstairs and eat a free breakfast in your hotel can save time (half an hour) and money ($20 for a couple, per day).

http://www.travelingwellforless.com/2016/01/25/get-free-breakfast-hotels/

This blogger has a collection of ideas for how to score a free breakfast. For example, stay at Holiday Inn Express (free breakfast) rather than Holiday Inn (no free breakfast).

This is good, money- and time-saving information.

Photo by Georgie R / Flickr

IHG PointBreaks Map is Now Available on the Web

I always like the interactive IHG PointBreaks map. It gives me inspiration for where I need to visit.

http://www.pointswithacrew.com/current-ihg-point-breaks-map-and-sortable-table/

The northernmost PB this time is in Helsinki (where it’s Winter / Spring), the southernmost is in Cordoba, Argentina (where it’s Summer / Fall). Note that Cordoba is on about the same latitude as south Texas.

A Reminder About the Almost-Free IHG Hotel Point Promotion

This is a wonderful promotion from International Hotels Group (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Intercontinental and other brands). If you combine this promo (49 cents for 500 points) with the PointBreaks promo (rooms for 5000 points/night), you can get a great room for as little as $5 per night.

http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/01/21/ihg-priceless-surprises-on-track-for-more-than-40k-points-despite-hiccup/

Hotel Rooms for Almost Free

Genuine Bargain: IHG Points for About $1 per Thousand

International Hotel Group (IHG) is the second-largest hotel chain in the world, with brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental. They have a promotion where you get at least 500 IHG points for every handwritten entry that you mail in. So, that’s 500 points for a 49 cent stamp plus about 3 minutes handwriting your name, address, phone number, etc.

Rooms at IHG hotels typically go for 10 thousand to 20 thousand points per night, or (in this case) $20 to $40 worth of stamps. However, from time to time IHG’s PointBreaks promotion offers rooms for only 5000 points ($10/night).

Information is at

http://dealswelike.boardingarea.com/2015/11/11/preparing-for-lots-of-ihg-points/

http://dealswelike.boardingarea.com/2016/01/04/ihgs-surprises-promotion-legit/

Remember, you must create an IHG account and sign up for the promotion before you mail in your entries. And the promotion ends March 15, 2016.