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Roughly a week ago I wrote about IHG’s announcement regarding their acquired luxury brand, Regent hotels, and the exciting news that starting February 1 ( This Friday ) you’d be able to earn and burn IHG points at their properties. That announcement lacked one major piece of information: How many points would it take? IHG hotels go all the up to 70k a night ( a couple years back the max was 50k ) and I kind of assumed we were in for the worst case. Surprise… 50-60k
50k a night when booked with an account linked to an IHG premier is really just 37.5k a night.
One of the best benefits of the IHG Premier, and the main reason it’s a long term hold, is the 4th night free perk when using points for the full booking. If you’re like me and carry the old IHG Select ( 10% back ) you’d get an additional 15k off the 4 night booking. Just 135k for a 4 night stay at a Regent hotels. Pretty awesome deal, especially considering IHG points can often be purchased for roughly 1/2 a cent.
Where does Regent have hotels and what do they cost?
- BEIJING – 50k a night
- BERLIN – 55k a night
- CHONGQING – 50k a night
- PORTO MONTENEGRO – 60k a night
- SINGAPORE – 55k a night
- TAIPEI – 60k a night
Do your due diligence
Check the prices on hotels before you pull the trigger to use points…often times you can find some pretty sweet deals that will price them under the value of the points you’re redeeming. This is often the case when utilizing a 4th night free benefit on the Citi Prestige, or the fact that you can earn 10x points when booking via Hotels.com and using a Capital One Venture.
Do the math, and make a decision that makes the most sense financially, but these award rates are positive news in my book, and I look forward to hopefully visiting the Regent Phu Quoc ( below ) sooner than later.
*featured image courtesy of Regent
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