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Dreaming of using IHG points on $1k a night villas with pools hanging over the Indian Ocean? Well…now you can. It’s been nearly two years since IHG paid $300 million for uber lux brand Six Senses and finally we’re getting the chance to throw some hard earned IHG points at some of their jaw dropping properties. In case you’re wondering, some Six Senses properties had been bookable for quite some time ( Singapore’s Duxton and Maxwell ), but they are now Marriott properties. Currently, there are 6 Six Senses Resorts bookable with IHG points.
Does a glass bottom bathtub, sitting on a glass bottom bungalow that hangs over the Indian Ocean with a window that looks out over the best view known to man sound luxurious? Don’t tell me there is a netted hammock too. OMG, there is. Don’t tell me I could basically do it free with points. You’re telling me that too?! Yes, yes I am.
How does IHG price their award redemptions?
IHG uses a supply/demand model to price their award redemptions, or what many call dynamic pricing. As demand increases, and their supply of rooms decrease, IHG will price properties differently. This can be advantageous as well as frustrating since you could score an amazing deal if a property plummets in price – especially if it falls below 40k a night which is the threshold to use an IHG Premier free night certificate.
Here are the 6 Six Senses properties you can now use your IHG points to book
Starting April 27th, 2021 you’ll be able to use your IHG points at the following resorts. I found resorts ranging from 60k to 110k, but OMAAT saw rates between 200k-250k a night. Ridiculous. Keep an eye out for Covid restrictions as well as minimum stay requirements.
- Six Senses Botanique (Brazil)
- Six Senses Fiji (Fiji)
- Six Senses Laamu (Maldives)
- Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam)
- Six Senses Uluwatu Bali (Indonesia)
- Six Senses Yao Noi (Thailand)
The Six Senses Vietnam is a downright steal at 75k points per night…I mean look at this room:
IHG Premier 4th night free perk works!
The Chase IHG Premier is well worth the annual fee solely because it offers a free night at IHG properties worldwide that price under 40k a night. But if you’re looking at longer stays it can be incredibly value. Cardholders of the IHG Premier get a 4th night free when booking with IHG points.
Needless to say, this could be incredibly valuable on properties of this caliber. For instance, the Six Senses Maldives requires a 4 night stay. It was pricing at 100k per night. With the 4th night free, you’d end up spending just 300k. I tried it out and it works!
Earning enough IHG points to stay at these properties
There are you a few ways you can earn IHG points.
- Staying at IHG properties
- The IHG Premier credit card from Chase
- Transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to IHG
- Buy IHG points
- Read our full article on how to make best use of this technique.
- IHG has allowed up to 250k point to be purchases with a 250k points bonus – the price was 1/2 a penny per point.
- Buy IHG points with the IHG Cash + Points trick
Just a quick overview of the IHG Cash + Points trick
If you don’t have enough points in your account for a booking, or you don’t wish to use all of your points at that property, IHG will allow you to book that hotel with Cash + Points. Let’s take a look at the following example.
This is for a hotel that requires 35k points per night. It also gives the option to pay 25k points + $60. That’s effectively buying 10k points for $60 which is effectively $0.006. IHG views this is a de facto points purchases and is selling you the night as if it were paid completely in points and you were simply buying the amount that you don’t have.
If you cancel that booking, you won’t get your cash back, only the points, 35k of them to be exact. Each night I was buying 10k points for $60, in total $840 bought me 140k points.
Can you see where I’m going? You can always buy IHG points, without limit, at 6/10 of one penny. This doesn’t really make sense when point sales are running at 1/2 a penny per point, but if you see the property you want, and you’re short on points, you can accumulate them this way. That means the example above for the Six Senses Maldives that required 300k points could be straight up purchased for $1800 by this method. That’s $450 a night – over half the market rate.
10% back for legacy IHG cardholders
Hattip to reader Sonu who reminded me that IHG cardholders still get 10% back on all award bookings. This means that you could stay 4 nights at the Six Senses Bali for just 162k points, or $810 when points are on sale. Not bad for a property that runs $500-700 a night regularly.
This card no longer available, but many, like myself still hold it and happily pay the $49 annual fee.
Needless to say…I’m excited about the Six Senses properties
Consider this added to my bucket list.
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