Two great Priority Club bargains for London hotel stays

One of the better features of Priority Club, the loyalty programme for Holiday Inn, HI Express, InterContinental and Crowne Plaza amongst others, is that it offers generous discounts on reward night stays at new properties.

This is a win-win for everyone. Hotels generally take a couple of years to build up occupancy levels, so encouraging more reward night redemptions helps fill empty beds. The customer is the real winner, though, as you get to stay in a brand-new hotel for substantially less than it would cost to stay at the worn, unrefurbished hotel down the road!

And here is the key benefit – the discounted pre-opening rate can be booked for up to 1 year ahead!

There are two good offers currently available for bookings in London. On December 20th, although the date has slipped a few times so far, the InterContinental Westminster opens in a location between Victoria Station and the Westminster Abbey. The hotel website is here and it looks suitably plush as you would expect.  (That website says 20 November for opening, however the Priority Club booking site says 20 December.)

Once open it will be charging 50,000 Priority Club points per night. However, if you book now, you can lock it in for just 30,000 points for dates up a year in advance. This is an amazing deal when you consider that a Holiday Inn Express in Central London will cost you 25,000 points!

If you need a place to stay now, it is worth taking a look at the Holiday Inn Commercial Road. Recently opened, this is a world away from the grim decor of old-style Holiday Inn’s as the photograph below shows.

At present, you can book this hotel for just 15,000 Priority Club points per night, for any night in the next year. This is a 40% discount on the usual 25,000 points, and 40% cheaper than even the grottiest Holiday Inn Express in the central area. Commercial Road is, admittedly, a slightly out of the way location in the East End, but there are various tube stations in the area and it is more central than you might think.

There is also a third London hotel opening soon, an Indigo in Kensington in November. I don’t know much about this property, though, and am normally wary of hotels near Earls Court. It is currently bookable at 25,000 points a night vs 35,000 for a standard Indigo.

As with all Priority Club redemptions, reward nights can be cancelled without penalty so there is nothing to lose by locking in speculative nights over the next 12 months. I have booked my brother into InterContinental Westminster for the middle Saturday of Wimbledon, for example, when he normally visits.

(Remember to read our ‘Hotel Promos‘ page for details of the current promotions from all the major chains.)

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Comments

  1. Do we know how long this discounted pre-opening rate is available for? That is great value for a ‘soon to be’ IC in London.

  2. Thanks Raffles WONDERFUL TIP as usual – 2 IC weekends in June booked to cover Trooping The Colour – and the Colonels Review (rehearsal previous week) and the RA Summer Exhibition. A real bargain!

  3. ………… and just added an extra night onto both (points plus $70) so we can make it a longer weekend or cancel it on Sunday before cutoff for a refund. Thanks again Raffles ….. stays in the new IC at 10k plus $70 is a steal.

    • timezonehopper says:

      How are you getting 10k+$70 per night? I’m seeing 20k+$70. Thanks.

      • 20,000 plus $70 is what I would expect …

        • Quite right … I meant 10k “FOR” $70 not “+”.

          Still and absolute steal.

        • timezonehopper says:

          Doing the sums, the 20k+$70 rate gives you the best return on your PC points. Checked a random weekend in May 2013, cheapest standard room is £486 per night. At the “20k + $70” rate this gives you an amazing £22 per 1,000 PC points.

  4. If you aren’t sure of your plans book single nights, due to the technology behind the priority club system (think a couple of hamsters) if you cancel one night from a three night stay it will reprice the first two nights at the current points rate for the hotel – I had a four night stay at 25K which when I cancelled they last night they actaully charged me 5K

  5. If you book for 20k + $70, what happens (to the points and to the cash) if you later cancel?

    • You get 30,000 points back. This is therefore also a very cheap way of buying points – far cheaper than the ‘official’ points purchase route at priorityclub.com! However, the extra 10,000 do not count towards status. If you buy points via the ‘official’ route, they do count towards status.