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Last month I wrote about a Crazy Expensive IHG Anniversary Free Night We’re Not Booking.
While we had some good ideas and plans for Kim’s free night , nothing seemed to work out to make it useful for an actual trip. We couldn’t just let the free night expire so we decided to book a room in the last place we’d expect (a place I mentioned in the post above).
We didn’t really have time to go too far, plus we wanted to feel like we were getting a good deal for the free night. This is what led us to our selection.For those of you unfamiliar with the IHG Anniversary Free Night, here is a quick refresher.
One of the main perks of being a cardholder of the Chase IHG credit card is getting one free night each year which is redeemable at any IHG property. All you need to do is pay the annual fee of $49 each year and a free night is credited to your account on each anniversary. (For those of you that do not have the IHG card, the sign up bonus typically ranges from 60,000-80,000 points.)
This is an incredible deal and a great way for us budget-minded travelers to stay at a nice hotel at a very low cost. The only problem this year is that Kim’s redemption wasn’t going towards actual travel.
With my birthday coming up this weekend, we figured that a solid way to use the free night, was to do something that we’ve never done before- spend a night at a hotel in New York City.
Considering we live in Brooklyn, this is totally unnecessary but since we have the night to burn, why not go for it! It will also be fun to play tourist for a day! (Well maybe…)
We’ll be staying at the Intercontinental Times Square.
Kim and I typically try to avoid Times Square at just about any cost if possible. It can be practically impossible to walk down the sidewalk due to tourists looking up at the lights. (My strategy is to walk around them and venture into the street quite often if I am in the area.)
If I had a pick of anywhere to stay in Manhattan, Times Square would definitely not be my first or second choice. However, for this stay it totally makes sense for us. For starters, it is the most expensive IHG property in NYC (based on all of my searching) and we have reservations for a restaurant that I’ve wanted to go to for quite some time which is close by.
Getting a $300 room for $49 sounds like a great deal to me! What do you think?
While I would’ve liked to have really maximized value by using the free night for an actual trip, I still think that this will be a lot of fun.
How do you usually use your IHG Anniversary Free Night? What are the key factors you take into account when figuring out the best way to maximize your redemption?