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No, your BOGO isn’t limited to just entry level rooms
I recently used 32k points to join IHG’s Ambassador program that is exclusively tailored to their top flight Intercontinental hotels. It’s a funky situation whereby IHG runs two ( 3 if you include Kimpton’s) loyalty programs concurrently, and the Ambassador program is one that requires a fee to join. One very cool aspect to the program is their BOGO ( Buy One Get One ) weekend night certificate. Now you could redeem this bad boy for entry level rooms and make back the 32k points or $200 that you spent to join in a single stay, OR you could pump up your weekend with higher category room. Let’s take a look at the IHG Ambassador Free Weekend Night
You can search BOGO nights here…or sign up if you aren’t an Ambassador member yet.
You should know a few things about the BOGO certificate BEFORE you book.
- A weekend is different depending on where you are in the world
- Fri, Sat, Sun, except in the Middle East where it’s Thurs, Fri, Sat
- You need to have the certificate in hand at check-in EXCEPT
- If you haven’t received the cert, or forgot it. You can then call into the Ambassador line and have them attach it to your reservation
- The Ambassador BOGO rate is typically more expensive.
Ok…Enough! Show me some of the cool deals!!!
Here’s a look at the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin.
Centrally located, and steeped in history. I looked at some random dates in November and sure enough…multiple category rooms were available with the Ambassador certificate. Lemme tell you, I’ve got my eye on that 80 sqm Superior Suite 😉
A look at the brand new Intercontinental Los Angeles, downtown.
You can snag a free night on nearly $600 club suites.
The Intercontinental Saigon will let you BOGO their Presidential Suite!
A look at the terms and conditions
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.