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When it comes to Points and Miles, sweet spots are the redemptions where you get outsized value compared to the other options available. US blog LoyaltyTraveler recently posted about a new IHG sweet spot redemption in Amsterdam, where you can stay at a brand new hotel in a fantastic city centre location for just 20,000 IHG Rewards Club Points per night: the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – City Hall.
Yes, it’s Holiday Inn Express so it won’t be fancy, but I actually find the new Holiday Inn Express brand standard very comfortable. The real reason this is a steal though is the location.
As you can see, it’s right in the heart of Amsterdam and within easy walking distance of most of the major sights. For Saturday nights in the summer, I saw cash rates at the hotel in excess of £235 per night, so 20,000 IHG Points is a very good deal!
As a comparison, the other IHG options in Amsterdam for a similar amount of Points (20,000-25,000) are mostly miles out of the city centre, with the Holiday Inn Express at Sloterdijk Station probably the best alternative at 25,000 Points.
Note that the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – City Hall isn’t scheduled to open until July this year, but that you can already make bookings.
If you think you might be travelling to Amsterdam later this year and fancy a bargain, I would recommend making a few speculative bookings now (you can always cancel) as I doubt the 20,000 Points price will last very long.
Amsterdam is a great city, but hotels in the centre are often very expensive, whether using cash or Points, so it’s really good to see this new option – even if it doesn’t last very long.
It’s rare to see an IHG sweet spot these days, most of them have been eroded away over the last few years in the regular category changes. Enjoy this one while you can!