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Visit Beautiful Brown County Indiana for $35 a night

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Brown County is quite the jewel of Southern Indiana

I’m a Hoosier, and have grown quite used to people assuming that Indiana is flat, boring, and full of farmland. BOOOOOOOO, HISSSSSSSS.  I actually find farmland to be quite beautiful in its own right, but most people seeking Scenic Drives and destinations want something more picturesque. ENTER, BROWN COUNTY. It’s full of art fares, wineries, restaurants, biking, hiking, and cruising some twisty, turny roads with drop dead vistas. So how can you visit this gorgeous area of southern Indiana and stay for $35 a night? Enter IHG PointBreaks – whereby you can stay in hotels for just 5000 points per night.

One of the hotels on this Fall’s list of IHG PointBreaks is the Hotel Indigo Columbus, Indiana

Hotel Indigo Columbus
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It’s located within about 10 minutes of “Brown County,” but is amidst the beauty of the region. It’s adjacent to a nice downtown area, and the best part of it all….you can nab it for under $35/night

Miles, I don’t have any IHG points…How do I nab this deal for just $35/night?

We got you! As I mentioned above, Hotel Indigo is a part of IHG PointBreaks and is just 5000 points per night, and you can straight up buy those points from the website. Here’s how.

I looked up a room for Friday, August 11th. ( The PointBreaks aren’t live yet, so it’s showing 25k per night)

It would set you back $164.64.

You can book with cash + points and it would set you back 10,000 points + $94 with free cancellation ( this is important).  Here’s the thing – when you cancel the booking you’ll get your $94 back, but the 10k points will be deposited in your account and you’ll get charged $70. Hence, $35 per 5k points, and this is EXACTLY what you need per night to stay there.


You could also buy IHG points when they go on sale. They’ve dipped below $0.006 per point. That’d make this hotel under $30 a night!!

FLASH SALE! 100% Bonus when you Buy IHG Points

If you carry an IHG Credit Card from Chase, you’d received 10% back. That means you could snag this hotel for just 4500 points, or $31.50 buying points through a booking.

The rooms look modern, quirky, and fun.

Check here on from July 31st onward to book this hotel once the PointBreaks go live!

*feature image courtesy of – go there to read about all the fun things you can do in the area!

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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. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

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

There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

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. 


  • Leo July 29, 2017

    What’s a Hoosier?

    • Miles July 29, 2017

      Leo – just someone from Indiana =)

  • James July 28, 2017

    I lived in Indiana for a year, and while Brown County is nice for Indiana, it’s nothing great, especially when Kentucky is a few hours away and is much prettier.

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