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Aug 26

Umrah d-i-why? YouTube + IHG Pointbreaks to Oct 31st+ Hilton + IHG +Marriott promos

1. Why DIY Umrah ? or any other trip.

A question that cannot be answered in just a one liner, but if I had to try, the answer would be: because its way better!

Way better in what way(s) one might ask? Well for starters lets put that down in point form:

  1. Its cheaper, way way cheaper. Gone are the days and mindset that over paying a per person rate for a package is the way to travel. Accommodation has always been booked per room in any event since as far back as my travel memories take me. Personally I have not been on a Umrah package since 1998 and in 2012 prior to traveloyalty.com I went on Umrah backpack style saying in the cheapest (furthest accom for under 50 Riyal per night at the border of 1st Ring Road Madinah and Ajyad in Makkah. Come 2013 with Traveloyalty.com we stayed free on two trips through Hilton Towers in Makkah and Crowne Plaza Madinah, all on points. Heaps closer and heaps better especially for families. This trip would be the kickstart to our future articles and inspiring thousands on staying free even through peak Ramadhaan where most were paying Zar 250,000 and getting zilch back on checkout.
  2. Stay longer through visa validity. You not limited to X-amount days and nights if you not on a package. Visas are valid 30days upon entry to the Kingdom, like most visas they have a fee attached for the full validity period regardless, in this you could maximise the 29 x nights / 30 days validity.
  3. Investment for akhira… and dunya. When you book direct your trip now becomes one that you can earn back points for future free hotel nights. 3rd party bookings are null and void of any earn back and perks.
  4. Perks through Traveloyalty.com in #theTLway, this saves you even more and this alone needs its own chapter, most of which are mentioned in the YouTube video next in the description but just to highlight, food savings by way of lounge access, early check ins and late check outs ( thats like 2 free nights), 2nd adult stays free, upgrades, free breakfast for room, even open complimentary menu’s, all of this has been mentioned many times since 2013, however daily new travelers are discovering the power of loyalty and best of all…
  5. Bonus points. Most never knew that they could earn bulk if not more of their spend back in this alone.
  6. Its easy, super easy. It takes about 20 seconds to make a booking on the hotels app.
  7. Family travel perfected. Thank heavens the locals have large families and in this the hotels are super lenient to those who worry about having to lay out extra person charges and extra rooms in packages.
  8. Flights. Here one can book any way, regardless, be it miles, cash on 3rd party or a find on skyscanner or Ita Matrix. Flights are the easiest part.
  9. Transfers. There are all too many taxis from H1’s to GMC’s to sedans to vans outside airports and hotels that you can negotiate a price with per family not per person.
  10. Yearn for a repeat trip? You will be super pleased you saved mega bucks on last trip incase of the Visa penalty.
  11. DIY travel has worked for hundreds of people you know, theres no reason why it will not work for you!

2. Umrah Diy 29x nights. YouTube. Paid R9500 in Business and R5500 in Economy.

How we have maximised the blessings of miles and points since traveloyalty.com’s inception over the years, well not so much on the miles sector as yet as we have taken most of the cash specials in Business class or the discounted ways in economy by adding another city or country into the itinerary making it a “open jaw”, such as Morocco and Oman, at the same time earning close to 300,000 miles towards future trips. Click the video below (and hit the subscribe button)

Click on the dropdown ‘show more/down arrow’ in the Youtube link above for the full description to each booking we have previously posted and taken advantage of.

Access the YouTube video HERE and read the ‘Show More/down arrow’

Turkey, up next. How we done it in the way better – way less way with Vip terminals for internal flights to benchmark upgrades.

3. Hilton – Power up your points.

Register to earn 2x points. (3x for credit card holders) September 9, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Access the offer HERE

4. IHG Accelerate Q4: Make every stay count

1 September – 31 December 2019. Register now for your unique challenge.

Access the offer HERE.

5. Extra Night On Us.

Book at least 3 consecutive nights* at participating resorts in Southeast Asia, Korea and Maldives from now until 31 August 2019. Valid for stays between 16 August 2019 and 20 December 2019.

Access the offer HERE.

Note:
IHG will be switching to dynamic award pricing by the end of 2019, so don’t hold on to your points as they may have minimal value in peak times when cash rates are high. How will this affect Pointbreaks is yet to be seen…

6. Marriott Rewards.

The New Award Chart kicks in 14 September 2019. Look forward to off-peak redemption rates! If you have your eye on a peak time property best book it now prior to the change.

Access the info HERE

7. IHG Pointbreaks. Valid to Oct 31st, 2019

Rooms from only 5000 or 10,000 or 15000 points per night.
For the FULL list and to Book click  HERE. 
IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group), the worlds largest 2nd largest hotel and loyalty programme has released a full hotel list for booking.

If you are un-familiar on how to stay for free at top end Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza Hotels kindly read on:

What is Pointbreaks ?

Pointbreaks is the hotel industry’s most economical ( un-matched and un-rivalled) promotion as +200 hotels ( out of 4900 +) are available for the redemption of a mere 5000 points ( it has now been changed to allocate better hotels at 10,000 and 15,000 points per night) regardless of what the normal points reward rate is per night.

5,000 Points Hotels

United States

ILLINOIS
Candlewood Suites Aurora-Naperville

MISSISSIPPI
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Canton

MONTANA
Candlewood Suites Sidney

NEW JERSEY
Candlewood Suites Bordentown-Trenton

NEW YORK
Candlewood Suites Syracuse-Airport

PENNSYLVANIA
Candlewood Suites Williamsport

TEXAS
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Floresville


Worldwide

ALBERTA, CANADA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Saskatchewan

BRAZIL
Holiday Inn Express Maceio Ponta Verde

BULGARIA
Holiday Inn Plovdiv

SAUDI ARABIA
Holiday Inn Jeddah – Al Salam

INDIA
Holiday Inn Agra MG Road

INDONESIA
Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Matraman

KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Holiday Inn Express Suwon Ingye

GUANGDONG, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Songgang

HENAN, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Luoyang Xiyuan
Holiday Inn Express Zhengzhou Longzi Lake

SHANDONG, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Qingdao Chengyang Central
Holiday Inn Express Yantai Fulai

THAILAND
Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach

10,000 Points Hotels (excl USA)

Worldwide

ALBERTA, CANADA
Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sherwood Park-Edmonton Area

QUEBEC, CANADA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saint – Hyacinthe

CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chihuahua Juventud

GUANAJUATO, MEXICO
Staybridge Suites Irapuato

TABASCO, MEXICO
Holiday Inn Villahermosa Aeropuerto

PERU
Holiday Inn Express Lima San Isidro

VENEZUELA
InterContinental Tamanaco Caracas
Crowne Plaza Maruma Hotel & Casino

GEORGIA
Crowne Plaza Borjomi
Holiday Inn Tbilisi
Holiday Inn Telavi

GERMANY
Holiday Inn Express Stuttgart Airport
Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt Airport – Raunheim

ITALY
Holiday Inn Genoa City

KAZAKHSTAN
InterContinental Almaty

LITHUANIA
Crowne Plaza Vilnius

MONGOLIA
Holiday Inn Ulaanbaatar

POLAND
Holiday Inn Gdansk – City Centre

UNITED KINGDOM
Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen – Bridge of Don
Holiday Inn South Normanton M1, Jct.28
Holiday Inn Express Chester – Racecourse
Holiday Inn London – Heathrow M4,Jct.4
Staybridge Suites London – Heathrow Bath Road

OMAN
Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC

QATAR
Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay

SOUTH AFRICA
Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Dubai – Jumeirah
Holiday Inn Express Dubai – Safa Park

INDIA
Crowne Plaza Ahmedabad City Centre
Crowne Plaza Greater Noida
Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport

INDONESIA
Crowne Plaza Bandung
Crowne Plaza Jakarta

JAPAN
ANA Crowne Plaza Ube

KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang

HENAN, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Zhengzhou Riverside

SICHUAN, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Neijiang Riverside
Holiday Inn Batang

NEPAL
Crowne Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee

AUSTRALIA
Holiday Inn Express Newcastle

15,000 Points Hotels (excl USA)

Worldwide

ALBERTA, CANADA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary South-Macleod Trail S

NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax Airport

BRAZIL
InterContinental Sao Paulo

COLOMBIA
Holiday Inn Express Bogota – Parque La 93

PANAMA
InterContinental Miramar Panama

FRANCE
Holiday Inn Paris – Montparnasse Pasteur

ITALY
Crowne Plaza Venice East – Quarto d’Altino

PORTUGAL
Holiday Inn Lisbon – Continental
Holiday Inn Lisbon

UNITED KINGDOM
Hotel Indigo Dundee
Crowne Plaza London Heathrow T4
Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon

KENYA
Crowne Plaza Nairobi

SAUDI ARABIA
InterContinental Al Khobar

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Crowne Plaza Dubai Apartments

SHAANXI, MAINLAND CHINA
HUALUXE Xi’an Hi-tech Zone

ZHEJIANG, MAINLAND CHINA
Crowne Plaza Deqing

THAILAND
Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong

VIETNAM
InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72

AUSTRALIA
Crowne Plaza Perth

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