Guaranteed Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow On Points

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One of the best hotels in the world has to be the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora.  The retail price for the hotel is consistently $800+ per night for a stay in an Overwater Bungalow.  Luckily, the IC Thalasso is part of the IHG group of hotels.  Last year, booking an award night at the IC Thalasso, automatically put you into a dated  Coral Garden Suite (far from an Overwater Bungalow).  You would then have to pay about $200 per night to have a guaranteed Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow on points.

Good news, since a few days ago the lowest room rate category is now an Emerald Overwater Bungalow.  This means you can use 50,000 IHG points per night for an Overwater Bungalow without paying any upgrade fees!  This redemption automatically makes the IHG’s program best use of points, in my opinion.  I’m sure a few of you participated in the IHG Big Win promo and have points to spend now.  I’m happy I participated in the Big Win promo last quarter and did two cheap mattress runs.  I netted about 100,000 IHG points for spending $200 (since I had 5 nights from a work stay before) with the IHG stackable promo codes.

Guaranteed Overwater Bungalow for 50,000 Points!

Guaranteed Overwater Bungalow for 50,000 Points!

Also since the lowest available room is now an Emerald Overwater Bungalow, you can use your free night certificate from the IHG credit card for an Overwater Bungalow!  I would say that the Chase IHG Credit Card is my favorite credit card and a must get!  I believe there is still an 80,000 point offer on Flyertalk here.

It seems like IHG has been stepping it up a bit with their promos and benefits (might be because of the new rebranding from PriorityClub).  They recently added free internet to all IHG members for most of their Intercontinental brands.  Their only problem is they don’t guarantee IHG benefits on award stays, but from a few trip reports I read lately is that people seem to be getting all benefits on award stays (but still YMMV).

Anybody going to use their IHG points for a guaranteed Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow On Points at the IC Thalasso?

Only 50K IHG Points to Stay Here! (photo credit

Only 50K IHG Points to Stay Here! (photo credit

22 comments for “Guaranteed Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow On Points

  1. Lively
    January 8, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Great find. Almost seems too good to be true.

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Almost too good to be true, but it is!

  2. Maury
    January 8, 2014 at 4:36 am

    I reserved many months ago a room at this hotel for July 2014. Right now I am in a Coral Family Suite. I checked the dates and there is no availability at all right now for my dates. Do you think I should call up IHG and ask them if they could upgrade me to a bungalow? Thanks

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Check your reservation, does it still say Coral Family Suite? It should have changed.

      • Maury
        January 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Yes! It is a Coral Family Suite. I just checked and it has not changed. What do you think?

        • January 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm

          Very strange… maybe July is different.

          • Maury
            January 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm

            July is peak season and maybe this is why there aren’t any left. Anyways I have reached out to the hotel.

          • January 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

            Hopefully you get it!

          • Maury
            January 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

            I just received a reply back from the hotel resort and they are confirming a free upgrade to the Emerald Overwater Villa. Thank you very much Rom for the heads up!

          • January 9, 2014 at 7:28 am

            No problem.. mine were automatically upgraded to Emerald too.

          • David
            January 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

            I don’t think anyone stayed at the Coral Family Suite in recent years. When we were there it seemed that one was not in operation and the other one was housed by staff or something. They probably just decided to reflect what was happening anyway, that everyone gets the OWBs.

          • January 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

            It’s a good step for them. They would convince people to pay an upgrade though. It seemed like a way to “hustle” people. I’m glad they stopped doing that.

      • Maury
        January 8, 2014 at 8:36 am

        They say that its up to the discretion of the hotel to upgrade me since there is no 50k nights available for my set dates. I guess I will reach out to the hotel.

  3. Kevin
    January 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Now, what’s the best way to get there? 🙂

    • January 10, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Aa miles 75K rt economy on air Tahiti nui!

  4. Maury
    January 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

    That is awesome Rom! When are you scheduled to stay there?

  5. ff_lover
    January 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    When is a good time to goto Bora Bora? I read n some blogs that it can be cloudy and rainy continuously and wind can blow really hard specially for the last bunglow. Also, the sight underneath the bunglows are unsightly..Are these true or significant enough that can make or break the vacation after getting there ($$ of meals/transfers/activities not taken into account)?

    • January 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Probably may to sept is best time when rain is low. Being cup noodles to save $ 🙂

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