Some hotels require 100,000 points per night, but armed with a little know-how, you can get some great deals for much less.
Some hotels require a mind-boggling 100,000 points per night to book. That’s an insane number of points, and most people understandably don’t want to burn that many for one night. The pricing at the top of the hotel award charts can get a bit crazy at times, but the bottom of the hotel award charts can get just as wild in a very cool and budget-friendly way.
Know that you can book hotel rooms all over the world for just a few thousand points per night. While these may not always be the cream-of-the-crop luxury hotel properties, many of them are very solid choices. All of them can help you save serious cash on your travels without spending a ton of points.
Stay at a Park Hyatt in India for 5,000 points
Park Hyatt is the most luxurious brand in the Hyatt family of hotels, so you will normally find the Park Hyatt properties toward the top of the Hyatt award chart. For every rule in the miles and points world there is an exception, and the luxurious Park Hyatt Chennai in India can be booked for just 5,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
This luxury hotel that has a rooftop infinity pool, a spa and overlooks the Guindy National Park. You can transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred to the World of Hyatt program at a 1:1 ratio.
Disney World for 3,000 points a night
A Disney World vacation can be astronomically expensive, but it can also be brought back into range of realistic if you use hotel points for your lodging. The Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort is less than a mile from the Disney World parks, has a zero-entry beach pool, a cascading waterfall pool and all of the services you would expect from a resort for just 3,000-4,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points per night. Compare that to the hundreds of dollars per night for other Disney properties, and you are well on your way to making Disney World a reality for your family.
Book IHG properties around the world from 5,000 points
The IHG program includes brands such as Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites and Crowne Plaza has a PointBreaks program where a rotating and somewhat random list of hotels can be booked for as few as 5,000 points per night for a limited time. A new PointBreaks list comes out every few months, and on it you will find a surprise list of properties in places such as Chicago, Panama, China and Brazil that can be booked starting at 5,000 IHG points per night – just be sure to act quickly as the availability doesn’t last long!
Headed to Egypt? Stay at this Hilton resort for 5,000 points
You will sometimes find your points stretch further outside of the United States. That is certainly the case at the Hilton Hurghada Resort in Egypt, which can be booked for just 5,000 Hilton Honors points per night. This Hilton resort has three pools, a private beach on the Red Sea, a dive school, kid’s club and 11 on-site restaurants. Considering that the Hilton credit cards such as the Hilton Ascend AmEx have welcome offers of up to 100,000 points, you can seriously stretch your points at a place like the Hilton Hurghada Resort.
Turn 5,000 points into 15,000 points to stay at a JW Marriott
The Marriott Rewards award chart starts at 5,000 points per night for a Category 1 property, and goes up to 45,000 points per night for a Category 9 property. A Category 3 Marriott property normally costs 15,000 Marriott Rewards points per night. However, since SPG points transfer to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio, you can effectively book a Category 3 Marriott property for just 5,000 SPG points per night. This means that even a high-end JW Marriott property, such as the JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe that sells for as much as $300 per night, can be yours for for just 5,000 SPG points per night.
Not all hotel rooms have to be expensive, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of hotels and resorts all over the world where you can book for 5,000 points per night or less. One final tip is to factor in that some hotels and resorts do charge resort fees even on points reservations, but when you are spending just a few thousand points per night, you are probably still coming out way on top.
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