Hyatt, SPG, Marriott, IHG, and Fairmont offer (or will offer by next month) free internet in their hotels worldwide.

Hyatt announced free wifi in lobbies and guest rooms worldwide, starting February 1, 2015. This applies no matter how you book your room–yes even if you use Priceline–and even if you are not a member of the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program. Hyatt operates the Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Andaz, GrandHyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Residences, and Hyatt Residence Club brands.

SPG announced free internet access, starting February 2, 2015. The free internet is only available to SPG members who book their stay through SPG.com or other SPG owned channels (ie the SPG app or sheraton.com.) Join SPG for free here. SPG operates the following brands.

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Marriott announced free internet access, starting January 15, 2015. The free internet is only available to Marriott Rewards members who book their stay through marriott.com or other Marriott owned channels (ie by phone or directly with the hotel.) Join Marriott Rewards for free here. Marriott operates the following brands.

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IHG already offers free internet to IHG Rewards club members no matter how their stay is booked. Join IHG Rewards for free here. IHG operates the following brands.

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Fairmont already offers free internet to Fairmont President’s Club members no matter how their stay is booked. Join Fairmont President’s Club for free here. Fairmont operates the following brands.

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Finally the great hotels of the world are catching up with a standard benefit of hostels for the last decade. ;)

Seriously though, this is great news for travelers. In the United States, I never bought internet from hotels anymore, opting to tether my laptop to my phone, but abroad I was often stuck paying 10 to 15 euros per day at hotels. I look forward to free internet at hotels worldwide for the rest of my life.

The one noticeable absence from this post is Hilton. Hilton has not announced free internet to match its rivals. (I expect it will.) In the meantime, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card comes with Two Free Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months on the card.

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card also comes with Hilton Gold Status as long as you hold the card, which means free internet on your Hilton stays.

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There are several posts on the new PointBreaks list, which allows us to book hotel rooms through November 30, 2014 for $35 per night.

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InterContinental Nha Trang (Vietnam) for $35

Even if you’ve read those, read this. I’ve honed my strategy for getting $35 per night rooms quite a bit, and I want to share it, so everyone can have access to the best practices.

Plus I’ve stayed in PointBreaks hotels several times in the last two years, so I want to say a word on their quality.

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Crowne Plaza Amman, $35 for the next two months

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for at most $35 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost $200 or more per night like InterContinental hotels.

  • What’s my strategy to make the most of PointBreaks?
  • What are the top properties on the newest PointBreaks list?
  • What change to PointBreaks rules has changed my booking strategy?

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Through Monday September 22, 2014, you can buy 100,000+ IHG Rewards points for 0.575 cents each.

Buying IHG points for under 0.6 cents each means you can book certain IHG hotel rooms for less than $30 per night.

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This sale virtually ties the cheapest I’ve ever seen the points for sale. In May, during Daily Getaways, 100k points were sold for $567 (0.008 cents cheaper per point), and that package sold out quickly.

  • How does the sale work?
  • How can you get $30 hotel nights?
  • Is this a good deal?

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IHG Rewards has a fantastic promotion called Into the Nights in which you can turn a few cheap stays into free stays at top tier hotels worldwide.

Everyone is given several tasks to complete that vary in difficulty. Each task has an associated amount of bonus points. Complete a set number, and you also earn another set of bonus points or the two Free Nights.

This promotion began two weeks ago, but I avoided writing about it until I knew what “Free Nights” meant.

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The word has come back to Gary Leff that these Free Nights are identical to the Free Nights earned by the credit card and can be used at any IHG Rewards property whenever there is award night availability with points.

  • What is my targeted offer?
  • What is yours?
  • Am I participating?
  • How should you calculate whether participating is a good deal for you?

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There are several posts on the new PointBreaks list, which allows us to book hotel rooms through July 31, 2014 for $30 or less per night. Even if you’ve read those, read this.

I’ve honed my strategy for getting $30 per night rooms quite a bit, and I want to share it, so everyone can have access to the best practices. Plus I’ve stayed in PointBreaks hotels several times in the last two years, so I want to say a word on their quality.

And there has been a big change to my booking strategy since the last PointBreaks list, forced by a change in the PointBreaks terms and conditions.

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for at most $30 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost $200 or more per night.

And there is an overlap with a Daily Getaways sale that means you can get a PointBreaks hotel this summer for $30.

This or better for $30 instead of $100+ stretches your travel dollar
  • What’s my strategy to make the most of PointBreaks?
  • What are the top properties on the newest PointBreaks list?
  • What change to PointBreaks rules has changed my booking strategy?
  • How can but IHG Rewards points 16% cheaper for a limited time?

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Update 5/28/14: The 100k package sold out, but the 50k, 25k, and 15k packages are still available.

Today is the first day of the second week of five weeks of discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will usually sell out in a few minutes. Some of the offers will be awesome; some will be duds.

Today’s deal is discounted IHG Rewards points:

  • 15,000 IHG points | $90 | 2,500 available | 0.6 cpp
  • 25,000 IHG points | $150.30 | 2,000 available | 0.6 cpp
  • 50,000 IHG points | $292.50 | 1,250 available | 0.59 cpp
  • 100,000 IHG points | $567 | 1,000 available | 0.57 cpp

IHG Rewards points can be used for free hotel nights starting at 5,000 points per night.

  • Is 0.57 cents per IHG point a good deal?
  • How can you use this deal to get $29 hotel rooms?

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There are several posts on the new PointBreaks list, which allows us to book hotel rooms through May 31, 2014 for as low as $28.75 per night. Even if you’ve read those, read this. I’ve honed my strategy for getting $35 or less per night rooms quite a bit, and I want to share it, so everyone can have access to the best practices. Plus I’ve stayed in PointBreaks hotels several times in the last two years, so I want to say a word on their quality.

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for at most $35 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost $200 or more per night like InterContinental hotels.

And I’ll explain how to give yourself maximum flexibility to pick the exact dates you want as the trip approaches.

This or better for $35 instead of $100+ stretches your travel dollar

What’s my strategy to make the most of PointBreaks? What are the top properties on the newest PointBreaks list?

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IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty program of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, and more is selling points with targeted 25% to 100% bonuses.

Check your email for the subject line “Reveal your mystery bonus” or click this link.

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After typing in my account information, I was offered a 100% bonus on points purchases through April 21, 2014.

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At what levels of this promotion would I consider it a good deal to buy IHG points?

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There are several posts on the new PointBreaks list, which allows us to book hotel rooms through March 31, 2014 for only $35 per night. Even if you’ve read those, read this. I’ve honed my strategy for getting $35 per night rooms quite a bit, and I want to share it, so everyone can have access to the best practices. Plus I’ve stayed in PointBreaks hotels several times in the last two years, so I want to say a word on their quality.

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for only $35 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost $200 or more per night like the InterContinental Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

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Phnom Penh is on my to-visit list!

 

And I’ll explain how to give yourself maximum flexibility to pick the exact dates you want as the trip approaches.

This or better for $35 instead of $100+ stretches your travel dollar

What’s my strategy to make the most of PointBreaks? What are the top properties on the newest PointBreaks list?

2013 was a year of several major devaluation announcements including:

  • United (kicks in February 1, 2014)
  • Southwest (kicks in March 31, 2014)
  • Delta (already kicked in on current award bookings for travel that starts February 1, 2014 or later)
  • Hyatt (kicks in January 7, 2014)
  • Ultimate Rewards (with three major transfer partners devaluing–United, Southwest, and Hyatt–the program took a major hit through no fault of its own)

But the more things change, the more they stay the same. We’re still getting outsized value from our miles and points and traveling the world in style for next to nothing.

What’s my outlook for 2014 and what’s my strategy for earning and burning the major points’ currencies?

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I almost never write about hotel promotions because they are constant and usually underwhelming except as a few extra points for business travelers who have their rooms paid for. The IHG Big Win is an exception.

IHG Rewards has announced a repeat of its current Big Win promotion for January 1 to April 30, 2014. The current Big Win has been running since September 1, 2013, and I’ve already earned 153,700 bonus IHG Rewards points for participating in it.

You can register for The New Big Win today to see your offers, which vary by person. Here is a FlyerTalk thread discussing various offers people have gotten.

I got a decent offer–not nearly as good as this year’s. I have to make five stays at four different hotels to earn 81,800 bonus IHG Rewards points.

What was my offer? How will I take advantage? What are IHG Rewards Club points worth? Should you go all in with The Big Win?

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There are several posts on the new PointBreaks list, which allows us to book hotel rooms through January 31, 2014 for only $35 per night. Even if you’ve read those, read this. I’ve honed my strategy for getting $35 per night rooms quite a bit, and I want to share it, so everyone can have access to the best practices. Plus I’ve stayed in PointBreaks hotels several times in the last two years, so I want to say a word on their quality.

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for only $35 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost $350 or more per night like the InterContinental Maracaibo in Venezuela.

Maracaibo is on my to-visit list

And I’ll explain how to give yourself maximum flexibility to pick the exact dates you want as the trip approaches.

This or better for $35 instead of $100+ stretches your travel dollar

What’s my strategy to make the most of PointBreaks? What are the top properties on the newest PointBreaks list?

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In August, I excitedly wrote about the biggest hotel promotion of the year: IHG Rewards Announces “Big Win” Promotion.

This promotion is still running for the next 62 days. There is still plenty of time to max out the best promotion of the year like I just did, collecting 153,700 bonus IHG Rewards points for myself that I value at nearly $800.

What is the Big Win? What did I have to do to get 153,700 bonus IHG Rewards points? What is that worth? Should you participate? How can you sign up?

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IHG Rewards announced its new promotion that will run from September 1 to December 31 called “The Big Win.” You can register for The Big Win today to see your offers, which vary by person. Here is a FlyerTalk thread discussing various offers people have gotten.

Somehow I hit the jackpot, and I can earn 153,700 IHG Rewards Club points for as little as $300 and four nights in hotels.

What was my offer? How will I take advantage? What are IHG Rewards Club points worth? Should you go all in with The Big Win?

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There are several posts on yesterday’s new PointBreaks list. Even if you’ve read those, read this. I’ve honed my strategy for getting $35 per night rooms quite a bit, and I want to share it, so everyone can have access to the best practices. Plus I’ve stayed in PointBreaks hotels twice this month, so I want to say a word on their quality.

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of IHG Reward Club’s PointBreaks hotels for only $35 per night, even the ones that ordinarily cost $400 or more per night. And I’ll explain how to give yourself maximum flexibility to pick the exact dates you want as the trip approaches.

This or better for $35 instead of $100+ stretches your travel dollar

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