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2019 Daily Getaways Day 1 – IHG Points on Sale, But Don’t Rush to Buy

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Written by Charlie

Today is day 1 of the multi-week extravanganza called “Daily Getaways” that offers cheaper travel options. This first sale is for IHG points – but, I would not rush to buy!

The 2019 Daily Getaways are here. While there are some really good deals to be had, not every deal is a good deal! The first deal up is one that will likely be around for the duration of the Daily Getaways (if it is anything like past years!).

2019 Daily Getaways Day 1 – IHG Points on Sale, But Don’t Rush to Buy

Link: Daily Getaways Day 1 – IHG Points

Precisely at 1PM ET today, IHG points will go on sale. In past years, the IHG packages are never that popular and they stick around for quite a while. The reason for this is actually a couple of reasons:

  • IHG points can often be had on sale or with buying them for cash and points reservations
    • IHG credit card members get a 20% discount when buying points also
  • IHG PointBreaks, the single most valuable hotel promo for many years, is no longer as good as it used to be

That being said, if you are looking to pick up some IHG points, the basic package of 10,000 points may be something to consider. It is always helpful to have a small amount of hotel points in each program for some redemption that you weren’t expecting and this could be one of those purchases (if you don’t already have IHG points).

To help you determine the value of these packages, consider this. The top tier IHG property is 70,000 points. That means a stay at someplace like the InterContinental Sydney (fantastic property) would cost you $325 with these points. Checking a random date this summer (Australian winter) shows it would only cost $255 if paid with cash. It is about the same in January.

Of course, that is just one point but remember that if you paid for such a cash visit with a IHG Premier card, you would actually get 2,550 points that way as well!

If you were to buy a 60,000 point package, that would be enough to cover you for 4 nights at the high of PointBreaks hotels. That means you would be paying $75 per night. Again, you want to check to see what the actual cost would be before buying points to redeem for it. If it is ever close in price, always pay with cash instead of buying points to redeem!


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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.