Are you serious? It’s like a 5k run thing, right? That is the usual response I get when I’m planning a Mattress Run.
So what is it? I’ll dumb it down from the beginning. This is partial example of the current IHG Acceleration Promotion:
I’m interested in the 5,600, the 20,400 and the 1,500 Stay once in August. By staying at 2 Holiday Inn Hotels in the month of August, I should be eligible to earn 27,500 points + the normal points you earn for a paid room stay+the points you earn for using your IHG credit card. Total possible; around 32,000 points. (I had an earlier stay to help complete the “fill 3 out 4 categories, earn 20,400 points” which gave me even more points).
Next look around for inexpensive Holiday Inn Hotels. I found two nearby and booked the cheapest nights at each (different nights). Total out of pocket $190.00. Check in, go to the room, stay or don’t stay. Earn 32,000 ish points. A “Mattress Run” usually does not involve staying. Anyways…
IHG points have a value ~.007 cents each. 31,000 x .007=$217.00. You paid $190.00 (.00612 each). Not bad…
Now what…let’s put that 32,000 points to work. Let’s say the Napa Valley, California area in October. You’re feeling like wine and Fall colors. How about this:
King Deluxe room, 2 nights (15,000 points per night) or you can pay cash at $384.56. Remember you paid $190.00 with the Mattress Run, that’s half price.
There are excellent Hotel Promotions offered frequently. This is one way of maximizing value and making friends and family feel like you’ve lost your mind.