Holiday Inn vacation club villas

Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

Finding rooms to book on points for families can be a challenge, especially large families! A great option are the timeshare properties that hotel chains operate that can be booked with points. IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) has Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties throughout the US. Most “standard rooms” at these timeshare properties are actually 1-2 bedroom villas that have a full kitchen and separate living room. Some have other on-site activities as well. Keep reading to find out which properties you can book for a family of 6 (and 2 you can book for 8!)

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    Earning IHG Rewards Points and Free Nights

    While you can earn IHG Rewards points by staying at IHG properties, the easiest way to earn a big chunk of them for a family vacation is to open an IHG credit card and earn the sign up bonus. IHG cards are issued by Chase, so make sure you are familiar with the Chase 5/24 rule before applying.

    IHG® One Rewards Premier Credit Card – 140,000 points
    • $99 annual fee
    • Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
    • Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide (worth 40,000 points)
    • 4th night free when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
    • Earn up to 26 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
    • Earn 5 points per $1 spent on purchases on travel, gas stations, and restaurants. Earn 3 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
    • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
    • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
    • $50 in United TravelBank cash each calendar year

    Most IHG properties have switched to dynamic pricing, but in my searches it seems that all the timeshare properties are still pricing very consistently. Almost all the properties were 35,000-40,000 points per night regardless of the cash price of the hotel. This price range is perfect because it means they still qualify for the annual free night certificate you will earn if you keep the IHG Premier card year after year. The one exception is the property in New Orleans which I noticed dynamic pricing ranging from 41,000 to over 50,000 points per night.

    I think these represent a great sweet spot for larger families, especially those which otherwise might need to book 2 hotel rooms. In addition, they have the extra perk of a full kitchen so you can cook some meals in your villa.

    Holding the IHG credit card will also give you the 4th night free on award bookings, so if you plan to stay for 4 nights, the price per night is even lower. In our household, we have an older version of the IHG card which we both keep in order to pair together 2 free night certificates each year for what we consider a pre-paid, discounted vacation. We then opened the IHG Premier and after a year downgraded to the Traveler to keep the 4th night free benefit.

    Map of locations by room occupancy

    Click the top right corner to see a bigger view of the map. Blue shows 1 bedrooms that sleep 4. Green shows 2 bedrooms that sleep 6. Orange shows Villas that sleep 8.

    How to Find Availability

    The IHG website doesn’t have a search tool that easily lets you search flexible dates to find award availability. Once you have a certain property you are searching for, you can follow these steps to find available dates:

    Use a computer (rather than smart phone or IHG app) to search. I enter in the property I want to search as well as a very long date range. This does not have to be the range you actually want to stay. In fact, if you put in popular times, this will actually help. Here is a video walkthrough of how I find availability.

    Here is another video showing how to find available dates at properties that have more limited availability. Sometimes it requires a 2 step process.

    Properties By State

    I included a screenshot of room details for any room that sleeps 6 or more people. Some properties charge a nightly amenity fee as well.

    Arizona

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Scottsdale Resort Very spotty availability. If you find it, you can book a 1 bedroom villa that sleeps 4 for 35,000 points per night + $14/night amenity fee

    Florida

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations Sunset Cove Resort: Marco Island, Florida. Very sparse availability but if your dates are flexible, I found 3 bedroom villas that sleep 8 for 35,000 points per night.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations At Orange Lake Resort near Orlando. I found 2 bedroom villas sleep 8 for 40,000 points per night +$15/night amenity fee. Lots of availability except for Spring Break and Christmas holidays.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando Breeze Resort: Orlando, Florida. 1 bedroom villas cost 35,000 points per night if you find them and sleep 4.

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Panama City Beach Resort – very sparse availability. 1 bedroom villas cost 35,000 points if you find them and sleep 4.

    Georgia

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Apple Mountain Resort – 2 bedroom villas cost 35,000 points per night and sleep 6. Good availability.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Illinois

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations: Fox River Resort (near Starved Rock State Park) – 2 bedroom villas cost 35,000 points per night and sleep 6. Availability depends on season. Has an indoor water park!

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Louisiana

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : New Orleans Resort – rooms bookable with points cost 41,000+ points per night and sleep 4. Does not say suite but all rooms at the property seem to be at least 1 bedroom suites. Some availability except peak times like Mardi Gras.

    Massachusetts

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Oak n’ Spruce Resort – 2 bedroom villas are bookable with points and cost 35,000 points per night. Good availability.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Missouri

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Holiday Hills Resort – 2 bedroom villas sleep 6 and cost 40,000 points per night. Good availability

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations Timber Creek Resort – 2 bedroom villas sleep 6 and cost 35,000 points per night

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Nevada

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : At Desert Club Resort – Las Vegas. Tons of availability. 1 bedroom villas sleep 4 and cost 40,000 points per night + $14 amenity fee. One block off the strip and includes free shuttle.

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Tahoe Ridge Resort 1 bedroom villas sleep 4 and cost 35,000 points + $39 daily amenity fee

    Tennessee

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Smoky Mountain Resort 1 bedroom villas sleep 4 and cost 35,000 points per night. Very limited availability.

    Texas

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Galveston Seaside Resort. Good availability, including later March. 2 bedroom villa costs 35,000 points per night and sleeps 6.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hill Country Resort Great availability. 2 bedroom villas sleep 6 and cost 35,000 points per night.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations Piney Shores Resort Good availability. 2 bedroom villas sleep 6 and cost 35,000 points per night.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Villages Resort Flint, TX. 2 bedroom villas sleep 6 and cost 35,000 points per night.

    Best Holiday Inn Vacation Club Properties for Families to Book on Points

    Vermont

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Mount Ascutney Resort – 1 bedroom villas cost 40,000 points per night and sleep 4. Decent availability.

    Virginia

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : Williamsburg Resort – 1 bedroom villas cost 35,000 points per night and sleep 4.

    Wisconsin

    Holiday Inn Club Vacations : At Lake Geneva Resort 1 bedroom villas cost 35,000 points per night and sleep 4.

    IHG One Rewards Credit Card

    IHG® One Rewards Premier Credit Card – 140,000 points
    • $99 annual fee
    • Earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
    • Reward Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide (worth 40,000 points)
    • 4th night free when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
    • Earn up to 26 points total per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
    • Earn 5 points per $1 spent on purchases on travel, gas stations, and restaurants. Earn 3 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
    • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
    • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
    • $50 in United TravelBank cash each calendar year

    Have you stayed at one of these properties? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! I will update the info under the property with reviews or tips.

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