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4 nights for 3, or 20% off weekends – at IHG hotels in Europe

IHG hotels are currently offering a minimum of 20% off weekend breaks, or 4 nights for the price of 3 at over 500 hotels across Europe.

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The “exclusive” deal is available only to IHG Rewards Club members, but given that you can join instantly for free (link here), that’s effectively everyone.

Note that if the “4 night for the price of 3” doesn’t work for you in midweek, you will still benefit from a 13% discount. (more…)

IHG PointBreaks – the World’s best value hotel stays are back

IHG PointBreaks are the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s hugely discounted reward nights, that give you nights at selected IHG hotels for just 5,000 IHG Rewards points (they are ordinarily between 10,000 and 50,000 points).

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In my view the only offer that comes close to PointsBreaks is the SPG 3,000 point weekend rate for Category 2 properties or, on occasion, Hilton Points & Money bookings. So, the obvious conclusion is – if a PointBreaks stay works for you, snap it up. The new round of PointBreaks applies to 150 hotels globally, and the full list of properties is set out below.

Bookings and stays can be made from today until 31 July 2015, and you can access the offers via this link. (more…)

IHG PointBreaks – preview list of hotels now available

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks offer one of the best value loyalty points deals out there – nights at IHG Group hotels for just 5,000 points per night.

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The new PointBreaks list is on its way, and will be published on Tuesday, 26 May (for bookings and stays from 26 May to 31 July, 2015). If you want to see a preview list of some of the hotels that will be featured, just click here.

The final list will include nearly 150 properties, including: (more…)

Various changes being made to IHG Rewards Club: some good, some not…

Yesterday, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced a number of changes to its loyalty scheme, IHG Rewards Club. According to the press release, the changes are “focused on building more personalized relationships with its 84 million members worldwide“.

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Key changes include a new top level elite status with significant benefits, reduced requirements for elite status and continued non-expiry of points for elite IHG Rewards Club members. However, non-elite members will now need to prevent their points balances from expiring by earning or redeeming points once every 12 months. This is a significant change: previously, IHG Rewards Club points did not expire.

While some dates are stated below, there does not appear to be an exact date for all the changes, which will “evolve over 2015 and 2016”. The key initial developments will be as follows: (more…)

Very low Hilton/IHG Hotel rates for travel agents/airline staff

Both Hilton and IHG hotels offer substantial discounts to travel agents, with Hilton extending this to anyone who works for an airline. Notably, the method of booking for both hotel chains is very straightforward and if you are eligible, the savings can be fantastic.

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First of all, Hilton offers “up to 50%” off room rates for anyone who works for a travel agency or airline. The great thing about this rate is it is very easily bookable via a standalone page here, and we have found that while availability is limited, it generally offers superb value.

By way of example: (more…)

IHG PointBreaks – the World’s best value hotel stays are back

IHG PointBreaks are hugely discounted reward nights, that give you nights at selected IHG hotels for just 5,000 IHG Rewards points (they are ordinarily between 10,000 and 50,000 points).

ihg pointbreaks

In my view the only offer that comes close to PointsBreaks is the SPG 3,000 point weekend rate for Category 2 properties or, on occasion, Hilton Points & Money bookings. So, the obvious conclusion is – if a PointBreaks stay works for you, snap it up.

The new round of PointBreaks applies to 150 hotels globally, and the full list of properties is set out below. Bookings and stays can be made from today until 31 May 2015. (more…)

Struggling with IHG PointBreaks? The complete list of Intercontinental 10k points hotels

IHG PointBreaks is rightly hailed as a fantastic way to use your IHG Rewards points. This periodic offer lets you redeem hotel stays at a selection of properties for just 5000 points. However, it is a very limited list, with limited availability and a limited booking window.

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One sometimes overlooked but often very good value alternative is the use of your IHG Rewards points for redemption at IHG Category 1 hotels. These redemptions are, in all cases, just 10,000 points a night.

The downside? That’s twice as expensive as PointBreaks and you will in all cases be staying at the lowest category of hotel.

The upside? The selection is much, much wider and redemptions are available on an ongoing basis. In any event, hardly surprisingly, the vast majority of PointBreaks are at the lower category hotels.

As the following photo shows, it’s not all about dreary concrete monstrosities: (more…)

IHG hotels (InterContinental etc) – at least 50,000 bonus IHG Rewards points

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today launched its first 2015 promo, “Set Your Sights”. In short, it offers its loyalty programme, IHG Rewards Club, members the opportunity to earn at least 50,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points.

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Registration for the promotion began today, at this link. Having registered, you will be presented with a series of personalised “tasks” related to IHG hotel stays. Each one will give you a set number of bonus points: complete all of them and you will earn an additional bonus that will whack your haul up to a minimum of 50,000 bonus points.

Importantly, while you can register today, each task must be completed between 1 January 2015 and 30 April 2015. So by all means register now, but your activity won’t count until the New Year.

What are the tasks?  (more…)

Targeted: Buy IHG Rewards points at US$6.57 (or less) per 1000 – rooms for $32.85 a night!

We have never been big advocates of outright miles and points purchases at euflyer.com. It’s cheating slightly, isn’t it? That said, with the possibility in this case of being able to buy nights at IHG hotels at $32.85 a night or less, this offer should at least be considered.

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Despite our slightly tongue-in-cheek reservations, buying miles/points can on occasion offer very good value: obvious examples are when a special offer is available on a redemption which means that, although the points may not be particularly cheap, the overall redemption is.

Similarly, if you’re a few points away from an award flight or night, there is often some real sense in buying points to enable you to redeem that award when you actually need it.

Finally, occasional point sale bonuses can also offer solid value. IHG Rewards are currently doing exactly this – with a targeted offer to numerous members of a 75% bonus (although some members are reporting a 100%, 50% or 25% bonus and some none at all) on points purchased on or before 23 December 2014. You will need to click on the link and enter your details to see if you are eligible, and if so for what bonus.

We only focus on the 75%+ bonus offer below, as the 0%, 25% or 50% bonus means you will always be paying more than $7 per 1000 points which, as we flag, is not worth doing.

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IHG Rewards Club – 2000 free points for new joiners

It is generally in the interest of any seasoned value traveller to be a member of most (if not all) available hotel loyalty schemes. Whether it’s perks on your stay, bonus loyalty point offers or priority access to sales etc, the benefits even at the lowest status can add up.

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However, we would also caution against an immediate blanket application to every loyalty scheme. The reason for this is that hotel loyalty schemes will periodically run bonuses where new joiners get bonus points or an enhanced status level for signing up: offers not applicable to existing members. So, unless you are about to stay at a particular hotel, it’s worth holding off until a sign-up bonus appears.

Once such bonus is currently available with IHG Rewards, the loyalty programme of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which is offering 2000 bonus points to new members who sign up on or before 7 December 2014. (more…)

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