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Cancellation Policy for Hotel Stays Booked by Points


Each major hotel brand allows you to book a hotel room using its loyalty program points.  The cancellation policy is different from brand to brand and could be different from paid with cash reservations. The cancellation policy can also depend on whether the property is a hotel or resort.

Below is a summary of cancellation policy for hotel rooms booked with points:

Best Western: 72 hours. Cancel before 04:00 PM hotel time 3 days prior to avoid a charge.

Marriott & SPG: 48 -72 hours in advance for All Standard Rate + Award Reservations In North/Latin America & The Caribbean.

Hilton: 48 hours. 48 Hours advance notice required for Awards Reservations to avoid cancellation penalties.

Haytt: 24 Hours. Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid first night penalty.

IHG: 24 Hours. Canceling your reservation before 6:00 PM a day before will result in no charge. Canceling your reservation after 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on a day before, or failing to show, will result in a charge of 1 night per room to your credit card. Taxes may apply. Failing to call or show before check-out time after the first night of a reservation will result in cancellation of the remainder of your reservation. Points + Cash bookings are charged immediately, and cancellations are refunded in points only.

Wyndham: 24 Hours. TO AVOID BEING BILLED CANCEL BY 06:00 PM a day before; PENALTY AMOUNT of first night PER ROOM PLUS TAXES

Club Carlson: 0 Hours. Cancel by 6:00 PM hotel time on the day of arrival to avoid penalty. Late cancellations will result in a penalty of first night’s Gold Points®. Failure to cancel this reservation will result in a penalty of all Gold Points® for the entire stay.

Please check the particular cancellation policy at the time of booking as it might have changed from the date of publication.

Last Updated 8/6/2017



IHG Priceless Surprises, rates of returns.


Both my wife and myself submitted 94 hand written entries for IHG Priceless Supersizes Promotion for $56.01 each. It was quite a bit of hand writing. The Promotion is over and we get the following rates of return:

My Wife filled out 94 entries. Out of 94 only 89 got posted on her account for a total of 53000 IHG points: 84 entries of standard 500 points, plus 1 entry of 5000 points,  2 entries of 2000 points and 2 entries of 1000 points.

I, myself filled out 94 entries. Out of 94 only 90 got posted on my account for a total of 49500 IHG points: 85 entries of standard 500 points, plus 2 entries of 2000 points and 3 entries of 1000 points.

Not sure what was the purpose of the whole process was on the company side. Maybe new testing new a new OCR Handwriting recognition software, maybe something else, at any rate. We were able to collect 100000+ IHG points for $114. It can translate to 5 nights at Holiday Inn, Winter park, Colorado or 2 Night in Continental Hotel, Bora Bora. Not bed returns at all.

I suspect a lot of pieces of not recognized entries will end up on CAPTCHA.

GET 47,000+ IHG POINTS FOR $56.01


Back in November, 2015, IHG and MasterCard have announced a Priceless Surprises promotion that allows you to win 47,000+ IHG points without actual hotels stays. All you need is to send is 94 entry cards, each entry is minimum 500 points.

So this is what you can do before February 15:

  1. Register your IHG number for the Priceless Surprises promotion.
  2. Buy 100 pack of 3″ x 5″ index cards for $2.49 at OfficeMax.
  3. Buy 2 boxes of #10 security envelopes, on sale at Office Max for $2.00.
  4. Buy a roll of 100 stamps for $49.00.
  5. Fill out 94 of the cards with (1) your full name, (2) complete mailing address, (3) day and (4) evening phone numbers, (5) valid email address, (6) IHG member number, (7) the first six digits of your MasterCard, and (8) date of birth.
  6. Fill out the 94 envelopes with the address IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion, c/o HelloWorld, Inc., P.O. Box 5996, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5996 and stamp them.

Within five days of HelloWorld receiving each entry, you will get an email that gives you one entry for a Priceless Surprise. Each entry is worth a prize.

It is time to get to work:


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