The Hidden Value in Hotel Credit Cards: Annual Free Nights

We all love credit cards that earn transferable currencies such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the American Express® Gold Card.

But what about the co-branded airline or hotel credit cards - do they come with valuable incentives to keep the card in your wallet? Do the benefits justify their annual fees?

Hotels’ co-branded credit cards often come with good perks, such as elite status, extra points earning opportunities and free night certificates. And sometimes you can spend your way to a free night.

Flash Sale: Get 100% Bonus on Purchasing IHG Points

Through Thursday (March 22, 2018), you can buy 5,000+ IHG Rewards Club points with a 100% bonus. That brings the per-point price down to 0.575 cents*, which means you can book certain hotels for as low as $29.

IHG is the loyalty program of these brands, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn.

The 100% bonus kicks in at 5,000+ points purchased.

*If you buy 58,000 IHG points by March 22 you’ll actually receive 116,000 points for $580, or 0.5 cents each, as View from the Wing pointed out.

Why the IHG Rewards Club Select Card is Worth Considering

The Chase IHG Rewards Club Select comes with 60,000 IHG points after spending just $1,000 in the first three months in which you open it.

The bonus isn't what really makes this card valuable and worth keeping year after year, however.

Along with Platinum status at IHG Properties (think InterContinental, Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo), you'll earn a free night at ANY IHG hotel each year after your card member anniversary. For an annual fee of only $49, that's stellar. And yea--the card is issued by Chase.

Pointbreaks List Released! List of Hotels You Can Stay in for $30 a Night

The brand new PointBreaks list allows us to book hotel rooms through January 31, 2017 for $30 per night.

Even if you’ve read other posts on the PointBreaks list, read this.

Summer PointBreaks List Means $29 Hotels

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.

New IHG Rewards PointBreaks List Means $35 Luxury Hotels through January 31, 2014

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.

IHG Rewards Announces “Big Win” Promotion

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.

How I Saved 88% on My Hotel Room in Stockholm. Easy to Replicate Techniques for Huge Hotel Discounts

Miles and points aren't all about traveling in first class for pennies, although that's the most aspirational aspect of the game, and the most fun to write about. In the last few weeks, I've used hotel points for massive savings on adequate rooms in convenient locations in expensive cities.

Through just a little bit of planning, I've spent about $255 total for my last six nights of hotels or $42 per night.

PointBreaks Hotels List Released Today. Summer Hotels from $35 per Night if You Book Now!

If you buy IHG Rewards points for 0.57 cents each today (6/28/13) only instead of the 0.7 cent method in this post, PointBreaks hotels cost only $29! For more info, see IHG Club Points on Sale Today Only for 0.57 Cents.

There are several posts on today’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.