Back in October, I wrote a post about how to get World Series hotel deals for 50% off using hotel points. The basic idea was that when the World Series (or any big event) happens, cash prices for hotels go way up, but the points costs typically do not, which means that sometimes even BUYING points and using them can be cheaper than trying to pay cash for your hotel. Save all that money for the costs of everything else, which will remain crazy, including your $5000 tickets (for nose-bleed seats!)
The same principles apply for finding Super Bowl hotel deals, so now that everyone is getting ready for the Super Bowl, I thought I’d take a look at that to see how you can get 50% off or more at Super Bowl
One big advantage of using this technique to get Super Bowl hotel deals is that with the Super Bowl, you may not know who is playing but you know when and where the Super Bowl will be well in advance. With the World Series, you don’t even really know the exact dates or locations until a few days or weeks beforehand. But even before Super Bowl LI is played, we know that the NEXT Super Bowl (LII) will be February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Remember that (most) hotel reservations are refundable, so even if you’re not sure if your team will be playing in the big game (and believe me, as a Browns fan, I know what I’m talking about here!!! :-D), there is generally no downside to booking your hotel reservations and then canceling them if (when!) your team falls short. Just make sure to double check the cancellation policies.
Checking the Super Bowl hotel deals
Over on Points With a Crew, I took a look at using hotel points to save 50% or more on hotels in Houston for Super Bowl weekend. I first looked at it back in October (and remember, there’s generally no downside to booking in advance and then canceling if your team doesn’t make it)
Here’s one example of the Holiday Inn Houston West for the weekend of February 5th.
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. If you don’t have any IHG points, or a premium Chase card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve that would let you transfer your points to IHG, I walk through a couple of options over on the original October post.
Checking for Super Bowl hotel savings now
So, now that we know that it’s the Patriots and Falcons playing in Super Bowl LI, let’s take another look at hotels to see what might still be available. Again, these are for Houston hotels for Friday February 3rd through Sunday February 5th.
Availability changes all the time, and (as expected), many of the hotels are completely sold out. Still I found a couple
- Holiday Inn Houston East – cash rate $309.26 or 20,000 IHG points / night
- Holiday Inn Sugarland – cash rate $305.50 or 15,000 IHG points / night
Note that those Holiday Inn points bookings WERE non-refundable, so in this case, you’d want to be sure you were planning on coming before booking, but at this point, you know who’s going to be in the Super Bowl, right?
- Fairfield Inn and Suites for $246 or 30,000 Marriott points
Yes – that’s pretty far from downtown but at this point, all the closer-in hotels were completely booked. When I looked back in October, there was a Residence Inn closer to downtown that had a cash price of $899 but went for those same 30,000 points
If you’re heading to the game, I hope these Super Bowl tips help! Personally I’ll be watching the game from the comfort of my own living room (for free!)