Every year on the anniversery of your IHG credit card, you get a free night certificate. What’s unique about this benefit is that the annual fee is low ($49), and the “free night” has no limits. You can use it at any hotel. So you might as well use it for the nicest hotel you run across on your travels.
Really, I’m just getting excited thinking about the places I can use my “Free Nights” from the IHG Into The Nights promo. You get two free nights when completing your personalized offer. So we’ll each have two free nights from the Into The Nights promo and a free night from the credit card. That’s 6 free nights anywhere! Now to get my family involved. 😀
Here are some of the nicest IHG hotels and the prices people regularly pay for these hotels…
InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso = $900
The incredible thing about this hotel is that it books straight into an overwater bungalow, which is awesome… if there were more award nights. This hotel is nearly always sold out of basic rooms.
InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana = $700
The other option in Bora Bora (and I believe there is a free ferry between the two ICs in Bora Bora) is the IC Le Moana. While it doesn’t book straight into an overwater bungalow, it’s only one room category away, and many Ambassador members have reported free upgrades.
Both ICs in Bora Bora have similarly great reviews, but this one has way more award availability. But if you’re not looking to pay the $500 roundtrip monopolized flight from Tahiti, then try InterContinental Moorea or the InterContinental Tahiti. Moorea is also incredibly beautiful, but a cheap ferry ride away from Tahiti.
If you’re interested in more information about overwater bungalows, check out Free Overwater Bungalows Infographic.
InterContinental London Park Lane = $550
London is not only known as an incredible city to visit, but an incredibly expensive city to visit. Plus, it’s a huge city so while it’s nice to be near a subway, I’d much rather be right downtown. Obviously, the hotels downtown are expensive both with cash and points, so to use a free night certificate is a huge saver.
The IC Park Lane is a renowned hotel in a shwank area, so it would be quite an experience. Although I’m a little disappointed that the other InterContinental in London, Westminster, is now becoming a Conrad. It’s probably my favorite area in London, although Park Lane is still really close.
InterContinental Hong Kong = $350
One of my favorite hotels, period. The views of Hong Kong central are incredible. The incredible and huge skyline with peaks of tropical islands over top of the skyscrapers, it’s awesome. However, the Kowloon side has the best views of Central, not being in Central itself. And the IC is over the Harbour. And Kowloon is more of a hip fun side, and central is more business.
And hotels in downtown Hong Kong aren’t cheap, so the ability to stay here with my certs is awesome.
InterContinental Sydney = $350
We haven’t stayed at this IC, but we stayed near it, and it really is a cool part of town. It’s a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, and you may get a great view of it and the harbor. But I should also mention that there will be a new IC there, the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, which I assume will be very nice.
InterContinental Paris Le Grand = $400
When we were in Paris with my mom, we happened to be in a suite down the hall from the president of South Korea. This is an indicator of what kind of place this hotel is, or many of the luxury hotels in Paris. It’s a classically styled hotel, which is more of my mom’s thing than mine, but it was in a great location, right across the street from the Paris Opera House.
InterContinental Davos = $200 – $500
We were at the IC Davos when it first opened (at the beginning of the year) and the rates were insane. I believe over $600 a night. I can’t help but notice the rates are a little more reasonable, and spring rates are as low as $170, but ski season is their peak season. (Read about our stay: The InterContinental Davos).
Regardless, the hotel is incredible and Switzerland is incredible, and there are few affordable ways to do Switzerland. At the time we had “Royal Ambassador” status and were given a huge suite, free breakfast and lounge access. But the hotel itself is incredible. True alpine luxury.
Heated bathroom floors, heated outdoor pool, it’s incredibly modern, and every room has a balcony. It’s in some ways nicer than Berchtesgaden, but you don’t feel as “in the middle of nowhere” as Berchtegaden. Which I might as well mention…
InterContinental Berchtesgaden = $300
A sad day is coming as this beautiful Bavarian resort is switching over from InterContinental to Kempinski. It’s currently a steal for 35,000 points and usually has decent award availability. However, you still have a little while to book stays with IHG points. So if you’re hoping to check out the InterContinental Berchtesgaden with IHG points, better do it in the next 6 months.
A few others to mention:
- ANA InterContinental Tokyo = $250
- Intercontinental Carlton Cannes = $350
- InterContinental Melbourne = $400
- InterContinental Singapore = $300
- InterContinental Willard Washington DC = $400
- InterContinental Clement Monterey = $300
- InterContinental New Orleans = $300
- InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco = $300
I hear only good things about the IC Singapore, and absolutely loved the IC Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, however, I personally wouldn’t use my free night there as rates can get below $150 on slower weekends. I also left out the IC NYC Time Square because I don’t care for the hotel (or Time Square for that matter). Also, the Willard InterContinental DC looks pretty classy.
Nice Hotels I Didn’t Mention:
So, if you have a free night, I’ll mention a couple of great hotels that are also cheap on points. One of my favorite InterContinental hotels, the InterContinental Koh Samui, Thailand is only 25,000 points or $350. So it’s a great points redemption that you could use a free night for.
Similarly, the InterContinental Danang, Vietnam is a new stunning hotel with a similar style (and the old Koh Samui GM) and is $300 or 25,000 points.
I distinguish here, simply because I would rather use points at these hotels. Use points here and save your free night for London where the IC is 50,000 points.
If I end up going to Bora Bora, that’s a no brainer. Right? Personally, there’s an endless number of cities I can’t afford hotels in, so finding a use isn’t an issue. However, I’ll try to save my free night certs for really expensive cities like London and Sydney. While I enjoy hotels like the InterContinental Budapest, I can’t imagine using my free night cert there when I can get a 5 star hotel there for $100. And actually, this winter I see rates at the Radisson Blu and Courtyard for $50. Similarly I wouldn’t use it in Dubai where the Holiday Inn Downtown is 15,000 IHG points.