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Everything about the Super Bowl is expensive, from the tickets, to the airfare, to the hotel and lodging costs and everything in between. While miles and points can’t solve everything to make your Super Bowl weekend cheaper (it will be tough to find award availability), it can do wonders in finding Super Bowl hotel deals
The Super Bowl after the 2016 NFL season is being held on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. To show the value of points for getting Super Bowl hotel deals, I checked a variety of hotel chains and brands for a 2 night stay for February 4 – February 6 (checking in Saturday and checking out Monday morning).
Super Bowl hotel deals with IHG (Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, etc)
First, let’s look at the IHG for some Super Bowl hotel deals – this is the company that owns Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, etc. As I mentioned, most of their hotels do not show any availability for the weekend of February 5, 2017 (Super Bowl Weekend), but I did find a couple – including the Holiday Inn Houston West
Cash rate is $429 / night, but you can get it for only 15,000 points / night! That’s a value of about 2.86 cents per point, which is about 7 times what I would typically value IHG points for. Even better, you can use Cash and Points to book the deal, so if you have 5,000 IHG points, you can use those plus only $70 to book one night instead of $429 / night!
If you don’t have any IHG points, you can Buy IHG Miles. The default rate is $12.50 per 1000 points if you buy 10,000 or more. My recommendation if you have no IHG points would be to buy 5000 IHG points for $67.50, then use Cash and Points
You can also transfer your Chase points to IHG 1:1 if you have a premium Chase card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve
Super Bowl hotel deals with Hilton
Here’s an example of the Hampton Inn near George Bush airport. Again, this is fairly far away from the stadium but at the moment this was the only hotel with ANY availability
This isn’t AS great of a Super Bowl hotel deal, but you’re still getting over 1 cent per point value. You can Buy or Gift Hilton HHonors Points here. The default rate is $10 per 1000 points, which would mean paying $300 for the 30,000 points you’d need to book this room. BUT, depending on how last minute of a Super Bowl hotel deal you’re looking for, Hilton does typically offer point buying promotions. At the time of this writing, you can get an 80% bonus if you buy at least 10,000 points, meaning 30,000 Hilton points would cost you $170 (55% off the $379 cash price). Buying 60,000 points comes with a 100% bonus, meaning you could Buy 60,000 Hilton HHonors Points for $300 total, 60.4% off the 2 night cash price)
Super Bowl hotel deals with Marriott
Marriott actually had the best availability of any of the chains – nearly every Marriott in Houston had some availability showing. The best deal seemed to be the Residence Inn Houston Westchase
30,000 points or $899 / night! That’s a value of nearly 3 cents per point, which is outstanding for Marriott points. Plus a Residence Inn has a full kitchen, which will help you with food costs if you’re trying to get some Super Bowl hotel deals to keep costs down.
You can buy Marriott points, and you can also transfer your Chase points to Marriott 1:1 if you have a premium Chase card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve
Other hotel chains like Hyatt, Best Western, Wyndham, Starwood and others are also potential ways to score Super Bowl hotel deals. When I searched, those hotel chains were all completely sold out, but availability changes all the time as people’s plans change and hotels open up additional availability, so check back periodically!
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