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Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
IHG released its PointsBreak list for summer travel (April 24 – July 31) and the pickings are pretty slim. That’s even before anyone has had a chance to book.
Airport hotels seem to be the most useful this time around, like the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare – Rosemont.
It’s a basic airport hotel with a 24 hour shuttle to O’Hare that takes about 10 minutes.
There’s a full gym, and you’ll save about $100 a night on this or other decent airport hotels near O’Hare, so you’re getting about 2 cents per point in value for your 5,000 points.
These days, it’s often harder to find the domestic leg of an award ticket than it is the international leg, so if your next award has good space leaving or arriving Chicago, this is a decent way to get you a night of padding for a layover from your separate domestic connection.
Airport hotels can also help you if you’re getting in late or leaving early, and don’t want to waste big points or cash on a nice hotel you won’t spend much time in that day.
Here are some other airport hotels on the list:
Otherwise, there are a few of hotels in up and coming cities like Vilnius, Lithuania, Porto, Portugal, and Brno, Czech Republic, but even those aren’t in great locations, and you can probably find decent hotels for well under $100 a night.
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