Booking a Beach Resort on the Cheap


Who doesn’t need a vacation with sand, sun, and ocean waves every year? 🙋🏻‍♀️ I love them so much that I book several a year. There is nothing like a relaxing getaway with a good book, cold drinks, and food by the pool! Today we are talking about booking a beach resort on the cheap—How does 4 nights for $320 plus hotel taxes and fees sound for a resort that costs almost $1,200/night if you were paying cash for the stay? Sounds AMAZING to me!


Screenshot of resort prices for room at Kimpton Seafire.


Alex and I booked the Kimpton Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman for an upcoming stay and can’t wait to review it for you. However, an increased bonus on the IHG Premier Rewards Card can make this same magic happen for you. Here’s how to do it.


Getting the Points

You can book this resort for 70K IHG points/night. And remember, when you have an IHG Rewards Traveler card, IHG Rewards Premier card, or IHG Rewards Premier Business card, the 4th night on award stays is free! If you have one of those cards, you will need 210K IHG points for a four-night stay at the Kimpton Seafire.


The card above is currently offering 175K IHG points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. After the minimum spend, you will have 178K points and only need 32K more IHG points. You can do one of two things:
  • Have Player 2 also open the card (plus you could stay more nights)
  • Purchase those 32K additional IHG points for $320 (now through March 21, IHG is offering a 100% bonus if you buy over 30K in points here). They frequently have sales, so don’t worry if you miss this one.

Once you have those 210K points, book your stay at the IHG site. This is one of those times when it is worth it to purchase points.


Bottom Line

Booking a beach resort on the cheap is easy with credit card points and miles. Getting an almost $5,000 stay at the Kimpton Seafire for $320 plus taxes and fees sounds like a great deal—I’ll be filling you in on all the details in April!

Turquoise water near white sand and green trees

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  1. Erica says:

    Thank you for this! Question from a newbie on reaching the 210K points…since IHG is a transfer partner of Chase, could you open the card to get the 175K then transfer UR’s over to get to 210? Or does it not work like that?

    • Pam says:

      Yes, you can do that. We just didn’t do it because we get more value transferring UR’s to Hyatt for stays.

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