An update: It looks like my two featured hotels in California and Florida are completely sold out as of this afternoon. I suggest, you don’t wait if you see other places that interest you. You can always cancel without penalty if things don’t work out.
The short answer is No. The long answer: It depends on who you ask. Normally, I don’t dedicate an entire post to this list and just link to the announcement. After all, everyone has different goals and travel plans. However, there are a couple of things going on here.
First, this is the start of vacation season for most families. Also, Daily Getaways is currently selling IHG points for a fairly reasonable price (some packages still available), with a second date scheduled for next Thursday.
IHG PointBreaks program is great for large families where you have to get 2 or more rooms while traveling. For example, if you were to purchase a 100,000 IHG points package at a cost of $570 (with Amex discount), you would be looking at paying just $28.50 per room.
With 2 rooms, it would bump up the cost to $57, still a very good deal, especially for a road trip, where you are forced to get hotels. It’s also great for a trip to visit relatives when you don’t really want to stay at their house, but don’t want to spend a ton on lodging either.
So, are there any worthwhile options?
I picked 5 hotels in the U.S that looked appealing to me, focusing on different interests, whether beach, mountain or a sightseeing vacation. I wanted to make sure the reviews were decent and the area was an attractive destination for families. Here are some hotels that seemed like a pretty good deal on points:
You can visit San Francisco, which is just 35 miles away, as well as many other attractions California has to offer. The retail rate is $135 dollar per night at the end of June.
I picked this hotel because it’s located only 19 miles away from Niagara Falls and 4 miles from Buffalo Zoo. The rate was $139 per night.
This Virginia hotel is located right by the waterfront and near the Air and Space museum. The rate was $99 per night. Apparently, it’s The Deal Mommy tested and approved, and I trust her opinion.
What, Arizona in the summer? According to hotel’s website, that area is cooler than the rest of the state. The place looks really nice, almost like a lodge. It’s surrounded by mountains and forests and would be a great place to spend a vacation with your family. The rate was $109 per night.
We have actually just stayed at this place a few weeks ago while completing out IHG Big Win promotion. I loved it! It is clean, comfortable, with beautiful lake views. Kids eat free, and the breakfast is one of the best I’ve ever had.
The beach is located 20 minutes away by car. Sarasota has a lot to offer, including museums, parks, etc. I plan to stay here for a weekend, since it’s only 1 hour away from our house. The rate for June was $130 per night.
I’ve actually just redeemed 100,000 points (20,000 points per night) at this place for my mother-in-law, who will be attending a seminar in Sarasota at the beginning of August. The list is only good through July 31st. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?