HHonors vs IHG points

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  1. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Which is more valueable?
    HHonors points or IHG points?

    Would you choose option 1, 2 or 3?

    1) 5 nights at Waterfront Beach Resort: 26,865 HH points
    2) 4 nights at Waterfront Beach Resort: 21,492 HH points + 1 night at Crowne Plaza: 12,534.25 IHG points
    3) 3 nights at Waterfront Beach Resort: 7,935 HH points + 2 nights at Crowne Plaza: 25,218.5 IHG points
     
  2. traveltoomuch

    traveltoomuch Silver Member

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    It's a toss-up. IHG points can be stretched further (PointsBreaks!), but I tend to get more use out of HHonors points - I prefer HH hotels and will usually choose them for a stay over IHG hotels, whether paid or award.

    As for the specific choice: is this spending or earning? (I'm guessing earning. If so, I'd take option 2. Or just pick whichever works best for you - staying in the same hotel usually has some charm for me. Are there any promos to make either option more appealing? IHG usually has lots of promo options.)
     
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  3. pointshogger

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    Agreed, if you can take advantage of the Pointsbreak promotion, I would go with option 1.

    Furthermore, IHG points never expire, so you have time to take advantage of promotions with them. Though 12,500 or so points at a Crowne Plaza is pretty good value.

    I'm assuming there was no points + cash involved?
     
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  4. Terry Yap

    Terry Yap Gold Member

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    just curious that the HH point required for Option 3 seems much lower than the other 2 ?
     
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  5. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    My Apologies... those were potential earnings and not award stays.
    I have a conference coming up and trying to fix my accommodations.

    Hyatt (No status) | HHonors (Gold) | IHG (Platinum)

    My considerations are cheaper than the default conference package (with accommodation) so I should have no issue there taking a Conference only and arranging my own lodgings

    The Hilton Waterfront resort and the Hyatt Regency (Conference location are literally next to each other).

    Conference starts on noon of Day 2 and ends noon of Day 5.

    I fly in on Day 1 and fly out on Day 6.

    Crowne Plaza is near to the airport and has airport shuttle services.

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  6. daninstl

    daninstl Gold Member

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    It all comes down to where you stay. Not just on award nights but for regular earning. What ever hotel is a balance for you between the two is the best. For example where I travel offers tons of IHG hotels so I use them the most and earn a ton of points. When I go to Hawaii it's harder to use those as they don't have as many properties there. That being said if someone just gave you 100,000 points in HH, IHG and Marriott even I think HH is less valuable than the other two.
     
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  7. Terry Yap

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    You may also want to consider where you may plan to stay in the future (say on point redemption) or if these points may top up your current HHonors or IHG point levels to a figure which enables you to redeem points. For example, i think the Holiday Inn Atrium costs 25,000 IHG points for redemption, so you would have earned a night's stay at this hotel from Option 3 earnings alone ?;)
     
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  8. Boraxo

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    None of the above. I would go with Starwood or Hyatt which have better resorts, with Marriott as a backup. I don't do Hilton since the great deval.

    If you put a gun to my head i would take option 3, the IHG points will go a lot farther than 25k HH points. Then again, I would never switch hotels mid stay, so I'd probably go 5 hilton or 5 crowne plaza.
     
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  9. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Hyatts are nice but for the past few years, I had been giving them a pass (the conference usually picks Hyatt Regency) as I have no status with them nor can I earn points under the conference packages. By choosing a nearby alternative that is cheaper, I get to accumulate points or enjoy complimentary benefits that I would otherwise have to pay for in a Hyatt such as internet access or breakfast.
     
  10. WilliamQ

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    Yes, Option 3 is looking good but I made a mistake.

    It is not a Crowne Plaza but a Holiday Inn. I was looking at too many hotels and got mixed up.

    I posted another question here http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/elite-qualifying-points.92103/ regarding Elite Qualifying points on special packages.

    While I am currently Platinum, it is due to a status match and not actual stays so I was hoping to get at least a Gold (20,000 Elite Qualifying Points) for 2015.
     
  11. Terry Yap

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    how many stays/nights do you have already ? another accelerated route to qualify is based on 10 nights / 3 brands, so if you take Option 3, that's more 5 nights, and with reward nights counting as elite-qualifying, so if you stay at 3 brands this year, you should do fine too ?
     
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    I like to stay at the conference hotels, that is why I am taking the trip, to mingle with mutual business friends,,and share ideas.
     
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    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    I understand where you are coming from and that is also my main aim for conferences.
    Learn and socialise.
    However, my past 4 years of experience is that you can easily do that even if it is the hotel next door (or a few blocks away).
    Instead of which different floors / rooms, you are just "next door" or "around the corner".
    I did have to wake up earlier or sleep later though.
    The best thing about this arrangement, it gave me the opportunity to (more like made me) step out of the hotel and look around. :)
     
  14. Boraxo

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    Well it depends on what you value. Perks: IHG Plat status (top level) is virtually worthless, except for free internet. If you have HH Gold you could get free breakfast and wifi but does not sound like you are there. Credit towards status: not really significant, can get HH Gold or IC Plat via credit card. So really it boils down to how you spend points. I value IHG > HH but YMMV, just spent the weekend with friends who love HH. Again, if I had the option I'd choose Marriott, Hyatt or SPG any day over these 2.
     
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  15. Terry Yap

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    well in most parts of Asia, one can't get IC Plat via credit card affiliation, HH Gold yes. both hotels look like nice hotels so don't think you can go too much wrong whichever choice you make. probably just need to think about how much you value the earned points or stay/night credits;)
     
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    What a list...
    Although Asia properties doesn't look too badly impacted.
     
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    Asia list doesn't look too bad, US seems to be quite bad though :D
     
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    I live in Indiana, and most of the Hoosier nation is blacked out. :(
     
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  21. Terry Yap

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    tough break ! ;):(
     
  22. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Know what you mean. I am relooking at my hotel choices for the San Francisco area but I am stuck for the Huntington Beach stay. Its still better for me to get normal HHonors points then no points at the Hyatt next door.
     

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