Here's how to get free hotel nights at Holiday Inn with IHG credit card reward points

What's better than a weekend at a hotel? A free weekend at a hotel.

IHG and Chase just launched a limited-time offer on the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card: New cardholders get 125,000 bonus points after they spend $3,000 in the first three months from account opening.Those 125,000 points translate to at least three free nights at a ton of Holiday Inn properties. Here's what you need to know:

Which hotels are included? IHG houses Holiday Inn and other affordable brands like Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza. It also owns luxury hotel options like InterContinental, Kimpton and Regent.

What's the point breakdown? You get 40x points per $1 spent at IHG properties, and 4x points per $1 on all other purchases. That impressive ratio is for the first year from account opening. You also get those aforementioned 125,000 points, which will get you multiple free hotel nights.

What are the other travel-related perks? The biggest highlights: Anniversary free night, up to $100 Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check credit; lost luggage reimbursement; trip cancellation insurance; and when you redeem for three hotel nights, you get a fourth night free.

Are there foreign transaction fees? No.

Is there an annual fee? Yes. It's $89 per year.

Where should I go? Roadtrippers worked with IHG to develop custom travel guides for a number of U.S. travel destinations, including Washington D.C., Orlando, San Francisco, Nebraska and Las Vegas.

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1. Calculate your expected fuel cost before your trip. It’s always wise to get an accurate estimation of how much to budget for gas beforehand. GasBuddy's fuel calculator is an excellent tool to get an expected price point. Just enter your vehicle information, startpoint and endpoint, and the app will calculate how much you’ll spend.

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2. Don’t fuel up near popular areas. You’ll find inflated gas prices near popular tourist destinations and metropolitan areas, so it’s worth venturing to the town over for more affordable prices. For example, gas costs on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in California are considerably higher than the stations a few miles off the main highway.

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3. Fill up your tank at truck stops. You'll often find the cheapest gas prices here. 

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4. Download gas apps. Apps like GasBuddy and GasGuru come in handy by computing the cheapest station in relation to your current location.

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5. Drive efficiently to save gas costs. These 5 fuel-efficient tips are proven to maintain a full tank longer:

           1. Turn off your AC

2. Engage cruise control in low-traffic areas

3. Avoid rapid acceleration and braking

4. Inflate tires close to maximum

5. Avoid speeding

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6. Travel with friends. Traveling with a few buddies is an efficient (and fun) way to save cash by splitting the cost of a tank.

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7. Grocery shop in advance. Pack water and snacks beforehand in a cooler -- inflated convenience store prices will eat away at your budget.

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8. Bring reusable water bottles. Filling up a water bottle is cheaper than buying a Poland Spring at every stop.

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9. Buy fountain drinks over bottled drinks. If you’re craving a Mountain Dew, fountain drinks give you a better bang for your buck over bottled soda.

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Use Yelp: Download Yelp on your phone to see the best restaurant offers in your area.

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11. Take advantage of restaurant deals. Chances are there will be tons of chain restaurants along the way, so use sites like Groupon and GiftCardGranny to get a deal on the road.

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12. Load up on free coffee and breakfast from hotels for the road. Take advantage of a free meal and avoid Starbucks and other expensive coffee shops.

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13. Avoid staying in popular areas. Tourist-driven and metropolitan areas are often paired with inflated prices, so find a place to sleep in surrounding towns.

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14. Check out sites like Airbnb, Tripadvisor, and Kayak to score the best low-cost lodging deals.

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15. Rent a car. If you don’t own your own vehicle, renting a car beforehand for as cheap as $22 a day on sites like ExpediaHotwire, and Travelocity can be a great deal.

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16. Alert your bank. Sometimes banks will deem charges in new cities as fraudulent and cancel your cards.

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17. Stick to budget-friendly activities. Some ideas include hiking national parks, visiting beaches and checking out a town’s culture by walking the streets and venturing into a street fair.

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18. Take advantage of student discounts. If you’re currently a student, bring your student ID for maximum discounts.

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19. Download road trip planning apps. Apps like Roadtrippers are a great way to help plan and finance your new excursion.

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