A few yr in the past IHG introduced that they’d purchased Iberostar Beachfront Resorts, a series of all-inclusive motels with properties in Mexico, Spain, Morocco, Dominican Republic, Brazil and extra.
This was an thrilling improvement and we’ve been ready for these properties to change into bookable with IHG One Rewards factors. IHG confirmed yesterday that Iberostar stays can lastly be booked with factors which was additionally thrilling. Nevertheless, having had an opportunity to discover pricing for these stays, you’ll doubtless be lower than enthused. Not solely are stays typically extraordinarily costly points-wise, different occasions they’re a poor use of factors, whereas at some properties award nights don’t get you entry to the all-inclusive bundle and so that you’ll nonetheless be on the hook for foods and drinks.
There are 43 Iberostar Beachfront Resorts in seven completely different nations:
- Iberostar Bahía
- Iberostar Choice Praia Do Forte
- Dominican Republic
- Iberostar Choice Bávaro Suites
- Coral Stage at Iberostar Choice Bávaro
- Iberostar Dominicana
- Iberostar Costa Dorada
- Iberostar Grand Bávaro
- Iberostar Choice Hacienda Dominicus
- Iberostar Punta Cana
- Iberostar Grand Rose Corridor
- Iberostar Choice Rose Corridor Suites
- Iberostar Rose Corridor Seaside
- Iberostar Cozumel
- Iberostar Choice Cancún
- Iberostar Grand Paraiso
- Iberostar Choice Playa Mita
- Iberostar Paraiso Seaside
- Iberostar Choice Paraiso Lindo
- Iberostar Paraiso del Mar
- Iberostar Choice Paraiso Maya Suites
- Iberostar Quetzal
- Coral Stage at Iberostar Choice Cancún
- Iberostar Tucan
- Iberostar Founty Seaside
- Iberostar Saidia
- Iberostar Choice Anthelia
- Iberostar Cristina
- Iberostar Choice Playa de Palma
- Iberostar Royal Andalus
- Iberostar Bouganville Playa
- Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park
- Iberostar Choice Lanzarote Park
- Iberostar Choice Sábila
- Iberostar Grand Salomé
- Iberostar Choice Fuerteventura Palace
- Iberostar Ciudad Blanca
- Iberostar Alcudia Park
- Iberostar Choice Albufera Park
- Iberostar Choice Albufera Playa
- Iberostar Membership Cala Barca
- Iberostar Bahía de Palma
- Iberostar Choice Andalucia Playa
I haven’t had an opportunity to discover award pricing for every of the 43 resorts listed above, however did test fairly a number of of them and what I discovered has tempered my preliminary pleasure.
Right here’s the great, the unhealthy & the ugly of what I discovered.
There is likely to be some cheaper properties, however the most cost-effective I discovered was Iberostar Herceg Novi in Montenegro.
Even so, calling this “the great” may very well be overstating issues. The bottom pricing I discovered was in the beginning of April when you possibly can e-book two adults for a complete of twenty-two,000 factors per evening. That is due to this fact one of many only a few Iberostar places bookable with an IHG free evening certificates from an IHG Choose bank card seeing as these are capped at 40,000 factors for a free evening and may’t be topped up.
You’ll be able to typically purchase IHG factors for 0.5cpp (cents per level), in order that works out to be $110 per evening for those who don’t have already got a stash of factors. That’s not unhealthy, with it getting even higher if in case you have an IHG Premier, Enterprise or Traveler card that offers each 4th evening free on award stays. That would scale back the associated fee to 66,000 factors for 4 nights; that’s a median of 16,500 factors per evening or $82.50 per evening if shopping for the factors. In case you even have an IHG Choose card, you’ll get a ten% factors rebate too, decreasing the online price to 14,850 factors per evening, or $74.25 per evening when shopping for factors at 0.5cpp. For an all-inclusive keep in Europe, that’s fairly good.
Nevertheless, there’s a few issues that make this much less interesting. One is that money pricing may be low too relying in your dates. In early April when award nights are bookable for 22,000 factors per evening, you possibly can e-book paid nights for $85.91 per evening if reserving a non-refundable price or $95.44 if refundable. Both manner, for those who don’t have sufficient factors to e-book an award keep and so would want to purchase factors, you’d be higher off paying the money price except you too can make the most of the 4th evening free profit.
The opposite much less interesting side is how costly pricing can get because the yr goes on. It begins off at 22,000 factors per evening within the first half of April, solely to rise as much as 62,000-65,000 factors from late June by the tip of August.
Whereas that resort in Montenegro may be booked for as little as 22,000 factors per evening, most different properties that I checked are charging 60,000-100,000 factors per evening.
On the one hand, that’s not essentially unhealthy seeing because it contains foods and drinks for 2 individuals. In case you can make the most of the 4th evening free profit, that will get higher nonetheless. Nevertheless, it could actually nonetheless be extraordinarily poor worth on your factors versus the money price.
For instance, for every week at Iberostar Bahia in Brazil in mid-June you possibly can redeem 80,000 factors per evening.
The money value for those self same nights is lower than $240 per evening although. Ignoring the 4th evening free profit or 10% factors rebate for IHG cardholders, that’s a 0.29cpp redemption price which is lower than half the Affordable Redemption Worth for IHG.
About 15 years in the past my spouse and I visited Lanzarote, one of many Canary Islands that are situated off the west coast of Africa however that are a part of Spain. We cherished it there, so it might be good to return and the Iberostar Beachfront Resorts: Choice Lanzarote Park appears prefer it may very well be a beautiful place to remain, particularly seeing as you possibly can e-book straight right into a Sea-View Star Status Junior Suite with factors.
Pricing in April begins at 69,000 factors per evening and drops to 59,000 after which 48,000 factors by the tip of Might.
For every week in mid-April when pricing is at 59,000 factors per evening, listed here are the prices for that room kind relying on which type of bundle you e-book:
Right here’s the place issues can get ugly for those who’re not paying consideration when reserving award nights. Whereas Iberostar properties are all-inclusive resorts, they’re apparently not always-all-inclusive. With this resort in Lanzarote, stays booked with factors or free evening certificates solely have breakfast included. No free lunch. No free dinner. No free-flowing drinks. No ice cream. It might suck to rock up on the resort for a “free” all-inclusive award keep, solely to find that you need to pay for extra meals and all drinks.
This resort has a further quirk. Fairly than reserving right into a base room, redeeming factors means you’re reserving into their top-level room. That’s superior if that’s the room kind you truly need, nevertheless it doesn’t essentially present nice worth on your factors contemplating it’s not an all-inclusive price.
In case you booked a base room and wished an all-inclusive bundle at a refundable price, that might price $349 per evening. Evaluate that to the 59,000 level price for an award evening and it means you’re getting 0.59cpp of worth when redeeming these factors – barely lower than the 0.63cpp Affordable Redemption Worth for IHG factors.
That stated, this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparability. Reserving with factors will get you free breakfast and a Sea-View Star Status Junior Suite which has a solar terrace and whirlpool bathtub. Reserving that base room with money will end in a smaller room, nevertheless it does have a balcony, facet sea views and has all meals, ice cream and drinks included.
Both manner, this may not be nice worth both manner in comparison with different all-inclusive resorts in Lanzarote. There are numerous extremely rated resorts there which are bookable for lower than $300 per evening. For instance, for those who’d slightly stick with a Hyatt model you might e-book the all-inclusive Desires Lanzarote Playa Dorada from solely $260 per evening throughout these dates.
One other ugly function at another Iberostar resorts is how costly a few of the pricing will get. At a few resorts in Jamaica, pricing on some dates runs at greater than 200,000 factors per evening.
Different resorts run at properly over 100,000 factors per evening which is extraordinarily costly. As with different resorts I checked out, money costs don’t justify award pricing that prime, so award bookings would supply extraordinarily poor worth.
I struggled to seek out good worth on the Iberostar properties I searched, however there are dozens extra of their resorts I haven’t had an opportunity to test but. Have you ever discovered any hidden gems value-wise, or had been your findings just like mine? Tell us within the feedback beneath.
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