30% off IHG hotels in Europe until December 2017

IHG, owner of the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Indigo and Staybridge Suites brands, has extended its generous discount promotion in association with MasterCard for another year.

This deal DOES seem to offer genuine discounts.

The special booking page for this offer is here.

MasterCard IHG

Here are the rules:

You must book 21 days in advance and only via this link

Valid at selected UK and European IHG properties

30% discount at all brands except InterContinental, valid Friday, Saturday and Sunday

20% discount at InterContinental, valid on stays which include a Friday or Saturday – this rate includes breakfast

Some hotels may offer discounts on other days of the week

Discount based on Best Flexible Rate although these promo rates must be prepaid

You must have a MasterCard in order to book but there is no obligation to pay with it

In theory you should print off the paper voucher on the booking page although, in reality, you are very unlikely to be asked for it

You must book by March 31st 2017

Last day to stay is December 31st 2017

Does this deal offer genuine savings?

Yes – although not the full 30%.  This is because the discount is based off the Best Flexible Rate whilst all hotels offer cheaper Advanced Purchase rates.  They are pretty good though!

Looking at the Sheffield area for 17th – 19th June we find:

Holiday Inn Sheffield – £57.60 (standard non-refundable price £64.80)

Holiday Inn Express Sheffield – £48.40 (standard non-refundable price £49 – save 60p!)

Holiday Inn Rotherham – £56.80 (standard non-refundable price £63.90)

Looking further afield at the two InterContinental hotels in Paris:

InterContinental Le Grand – rate not available

InterContinental Avenue Marceau – €370.80 (standard non-refundable price with breakfast – €417)

When searching an InterContinental, you MUST select the ‘Partner Discount 20%’ option on the booking page or it will not display.

Note that, annoyingly, the website hides all other rates so you need to visit the main IHG booking site to see alternative prices.

I will add details of this offer to our ‘Hotel Promos’ page for easy reference.

The booking page for the MasterCard deal is here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Don’t count on getting any points or stay credits if using this rate

    • I booked 4 cheap stays at the HIE Croydon last year using this rate for the 4 stays get 2 nights free accelerate promotion and it worked fine.

      • You are due the points. The cut off is more than 30 per cent under Best Flex.

        • James67 says:

          I get confused by this 30% issue because often the IHG member extra discount took the overall discount on advance purchase rates to over 30%. Despite this points were usually still awarded but on the few times they were not I raised missing points requests and they were declined because discount exceeded 30%. In the end I stopoed booking the advanced rate with extra member discount.

    • Full points given recently at Intercontinental Prague

    • Scottnothing says:

      Just did a dummy booking (for InterCon Carlton Cannes) and the rate rules and conditions expressly state “IHG Rewards Club points apply”.

      Does anyone have experience of getting (or not getting) InterCon Ambassador benefits when using this rate code?

  2. Might not have anything to do with this rate but I got 500 Points when I paid with Mastercard, posted as “MasterCard Load Your Card Offer”.

  3. I’m still waiting for a bonus points offer for q2

  4. Anyone know what’s happening withe the Ambassador packs. Ordered mine in January – still waiting :(

    • Don’t bank on receiving anything! Still waiting since December. I have however used my AMB weekend after complaining to the Ambassador team and they arranged matters directly with the hotel – they have credited me with 5000 points after I complained that I couldn’t use the code on a letter I haven’t received. To be blunt if you don’t chase them I don’t think they will do anything.

    • Thunderbirds says:

      Good Luck! I renewed July 2015 and I’m still waiting.
      Start off with an e-mail to intercontinental not IHG complaining and you should get 5k points compensation.
      Then e-mail again in 4-6 weeks saying that you don’t have the code for the points (I paid USD 200 so 15k) or the Weekend 2-4-1 and mention that these are the most valuable elements of being an Ambassador. I indicated that my next e-mail would ask for a refund of the USD 200.
      I had the 15k points posted to my account in 30 minutes and the same offer as Leo regarding Weekend 2-4-1 voucher. Though a warning that not all Intercontinental hotels would go for the informal arrangement mentioned.

  5. Is a Curve card charging to an Amex counted as a Mastercard for this promo?

  6. Anyone know if I could use a pre-paid MasterCard (fairfx for example) for booking? Don’t have a proper mastercard

  7. Book with any card. No restrictions.

  8. At a recent stay at Intercontinental Prague I was asked for the voucher – not at check-in, but a call to my room later. Thankfully I’d printed one out, so was able to hand it in to reception.

    • Yeah I was asked for mine in Bangkok in spite of the Ambassador Team sorting it directly. I emailed the IC BKK before arriving and they confirmed by email it was fine. Obviously I printed this off and handed to them instead. No further problem. All could be avoided if they just sent out the packs.

  9. Has anyone got experience of the IC at Hua Hinn when booking IHG rewards rooms?


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