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Everything about the World Series 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 trip to the World Series cheaper (it will be tough to find award availability), it can do wonders in finding World Series hotel deals
(SEE ALSO: How to score Super Bowl hotel deals )
Unlike the Super Bowl, the 2016 World Series location is not decided until shortly before the series starts (and we know who’s playing). Now that the Championship Series are done, we know that it’s Chicago and Cleveland. Games 1 and 2 are Tuesday 10/25 and Wednesday 10/26 in Cleveland, and Games 3-5 are Friday 10/28, Saturday 10/29 and Sunday 10/30/2016 in Chicago. To show the value of points for getting World Series hotel deals, I checked a variety of hotel chains and brands for a 3 night stay for Friday October 28, 2016 and checking out Monday October 31, in Chicago.
World Series hotel deals with IHG (Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, etc)
First, let’s look at the IHG for some World Series 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 October 2016, but I did find a couple – including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago-Midway Airport
Cash rate is $193 / night, but you can get it for only 30,000 points / night! That’s a value of about 0.65 cents per point, which is inline with what I would typically value IHG points for.
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 15000 IHG points for $67.50, then use Cash and Points. This wouldn’t make sense at this particular hotel, but might for other hotel options.
Another option would be to transfer your Chase points to IHG 1:1 if you have a premium Chase card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve
World Series hotel deals with Hilton
Here’s an example of the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown.
This is a little bit better of a World Series hotel deal, where you’re still getting about 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 $500 for the 50,000 points you’d need to book this room. BUT, depending on how last minute of a World Series 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 50,400 Hilton points would cost you $280 (44% off the $502 cash price). Buying 60,000 points comes with a 100% bonus, meaning you could Buy 100,000 Hilton HHonors Points for $500 total, 50% off the 2 night cash price)
World Series hotel deals with Hyatt
Hyatt actually had the best availability of any of the chains – nearly every Hyatt in Chicago had some availability showing. The best deal seemed to be the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown
12,000 points or $450 / night! That’s a value of nearly 4 cents per point, which is outstanding for Hyatt points. Plus a Hyatt Place comes with breakfast, which will help you with food costs if you’re trying to get some World Series hotel deals to keep costs down.
You can buy Hyatt points, and you can also transfer your Chase points to Hyatt 1:1 if you have a premium Chase card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve
Other hotel chains like Marriott, Best Western, Wyndham, Starwood and others are also potential ways to score World Series 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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