I am planning for cheap hotel stays using a variety of tactics on my upcoming two week road trip from Monterey to Denver via Salt Lake City and back via Las Vegas to attend a Hyatt-MGM partnership event.

My road trip planning is not meant to be the focus, but rather the tactics I use to find cheap hotel stays with hotel loyalty points is the main point.

Hotel stays the cheap way

Hotel loyalty programs will keep my lodging cost pretty low for the trip.

In the past few months I have earned two free Marriott Rewards nights and I have purchased Wyndham Rewards and Choice Privileges points in the Daily Getaways sales of recent weeks. IHG Rewards Club are still for sale on Daily Getaways.

The new list of IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks at 5,000 points per night will provide some $30 hotel nights for my trip. Daily Getaways still has IHG points for as low as $90 for 15,000 points. I can book three hotel nights on PointBreaks for $30 per night. There are participating properties in Nevada, Utah and Colorado along the way to Denver.

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