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Book Six Senses Hotels with IHG points
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 12 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 12 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 9 Six Senses Resorts. I found resorts ranging from 60k to 200k. I will note that the 200k Six Senses resort is in the Seychelles and regularly prices in excess of $2k 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 Ibiza (Spain )
- Six Senses Residences Courchevel ( France )
- Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkey
- Six Senses Laamu (Maldives)
- Six Senses Kanuhura ( Maldives )
- Six Senses Shaharut, Israel.
- Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam)
- Six Senses Uluwatu Bali (Indonesia)
- Six Senses Yao Noi (Thailand)
- Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
When the program first debuted The Six Senses Vietnam started out at 75k points per night, it’s now 144k per night. If you incorporated a 4th night free, you’d be paying 432k for 4 nights. If you accumulated those points at 1/2 a penny, you’re talking about $500 a night, which is still cheaper than the $750 to $1k a night the resort charges, but no where near the deal it was when it first debuted.
The Six Senses Seychelles is screaming high at over 300k points per night. I’d love to stay here, but that is ridiculously expensive. IHG caps the number of points you can buy per year at 500k ( when the sale is buy 250k bet 250k ) unless you use the IHG Points + Cash trick, or take advantage of the USTA promos once a year. Neither of these count towards your maximum purchased points. Either way, even with an IHG credit card 4th night free, you’re talking about almost 1 million points for a 4 nights stay. That’s $1250 a night.
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. You can also add points to that night to make a redemption work at higher levels. 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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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
- 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
- 2x on all other travel
- $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.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.
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.