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.
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?