Bits: IHG UK sale at 9am, triple Avios registration hiccups, HFP lounge review links

News in brief:

IHG flash sale starts at 9am

IHG, owner of the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental and Indigo brands amongst others, is launching a 72-hour flash sale at 9am today.

This will ONLY cover hotels in the UK.

I don’t have any further information except that the discounts will be “amazing” (says IHG) and that you need to stay between 4th January and 27th February 2017.

The landing page for the sale is here.  The InterContinental O2, pictured below, may or may not be included!

As the sale requires you to be an IHG Rewards Club (free to join) member to book, I would imagine – but check the small print – that rooms are guaranteed to qualify to earn points and stay credit.  This could make it a cheap way to tick off some of your targets for the Spring ‘Accelerate’ promotion, especially if you are targeted for an extra bonus for a stay in January.

InterContinental London O2

Registration issues for ‘triple Avios’

(EDIT: ignore what I wrote below. BA has now opened registration to all. The registation link is in the article I link to below.)

I wrote about the new British Airways ‘triple Avios’ promotion yesterday.

Many of us were getting odd messages when registering. During the morning, BA changed the website to say that UK and US residents must wait until Thursday to register.  If your BA account lives elsewhere you can register now.

If you tried to register yesterday and got the confusing ‘Thank you for registering / you are not registered’ message, try again tomorrow.

Plaza Premium Terminal 4 two

Our UK airport lounge reviews collected

Following a reader suggestion, I have put together links to all of our UK airport and train lounge reviews in one place.

Going forward, you can easily find a link to a UK lounge review by going to our Favourites page.  I haven’t included our overseas reviews because they are a rather eclectic selection.  The UK listing is fairly comprehensive for the South East – I apologise for the weaker coverage elsewhere.

(If anyone wants to volunteer to fill any of the UK airport gaps, I am happy to hear from you.  I’d need 6-7 photos and a few words from a future trip.  You will get something in return!)

This is what we have so far:

Heathrow: Club Millesime T5 Arrivals, British Airways Concorde Room T5British Airways Galleries First T5British Airways T5 Arrivals, Aspire T5, Plaza Premium T4Etihad T4, SkyTeam T4Qatar Airways T4Cathay Pacific T3 (and video and video), American Airlines T3, British Airways Galleries T3, Club Aspire T3 (and a video), Emirates T3, No 1 Lounges T3, Virgin Atlantic T3, Aer Lingus T2, Plaza Premium T2, Plaza Premium T2 #2, Plaza Premium T2 Arrivals, Lufthansa T2, Air Canada T2, United Airlines Business and First T2, Singapore Airlines T2

Gatwick:  No 1 Traveller North, My Lounge North, My Lounge North #2, No 1 Lounges South, No 1 Lounges Clubrooms South

London City:  First Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video)

Luton:  Aspire

Stansted:  Escape

Southend:  SkyLife

Edinburgh:  No 1 Lounges, British Airways

Eurostar:  St Pancras

Trains:  EustonKings Cross, Paddington, LiverpoolManchester Piccadilly

The photo above is from the Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Here's the full BA 'buy on board' menu, with pricing, which launches next week
Register now - TRIPLE AVIOS on all BA flights, all classes, is back!
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  1. A lot of negativity about the sale on here, but I’d say that £89 for one of the Indigo or Crowne Plaza hotels in London during the week is a pretty good deal.

  2. Colin JE says:

    Rob, I can add reviews for Bristol AspirePlus (with photos), which I did for Loungebuddy, and also Edinburgh Aspire lounge and Birmingham No1 Traveller (though neither would have photos I’m afraid}
    Let me know if you’re interested.

    • Happy to take Bristol if you’ve got the pics, thank you. rob at The LoungeBuddy guys are mates and won’t mind.

    • Would be interested to know if the aspire plus is worth the extra, have been in the normal aspire at bristol. asked about access with priority pass and told it was 15 quid extra. but the pay on the door rate is only 10 quid more than the normal aspire so i told them no thanks!

  3. Nate1309 says:

    Next time I am in the CWL lounge I will try and get some photos. I personally like the lounge, it is quite small by what most of the HfP readers are used to I am sure, but Cardiff is such a small airport that it has never been busy in all the times I have been. To one side there are tables and chairs that would allow you to work at, on the other are sofas and lower tables for a more relaxed time. The drink selection is good and used to be self serve, however there is now a bar, most of the alcohol served in there is locally made, including a range of Glamorgan lager/ale/stout and the full Penderyn distillery selection (Brecon Beacons) Whiskey/Gin/Merlin(like Baileys). There is also a small selection of more mainstream drinks. The soft drinks and snacks are self serve. The snacks are fairly basic and include: Crisps, Nuts, Yoghurts, Fruit and a selection of cakes, the Welsh cake and the Rocky Road are my particular favourites. Normally only 2 members of staff but always very friendly and welcoming. It is accessible with Lounge Club and Priority Pass.

  4. Is it possible to search for the cheapest IHG hotel in an area over a time period? Looking for the cheapest mattress run in my vicinity. Had a play around on the IHG site but can’t see anything that would help.

  5. Is it just me getting a “Sorry too late – Sale is over” message on IHG website, signed in or not? That’s a funny 72 hours…

  6. stevie g says:

    OT on Amex:
    Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    Spend £100 or more, get £15 back
    Save to Card to get a £15 statement credit when you spend £100+ in a single transaction for online Pay Now bookings at Book by 28 February, rent by 31 March 2017. Valid once for first 10,000 Cardmembers to save. Age 25+. T&Cs apply.

  7. Slightly off topic but IHG related. I cancelled a reservation booked with points at the Hotel Indigo Edinburgh. My points haven’t gone back into my account and that was a few days ago. Has anyone had any similar problems?

    • They normally go back in straight away in my experience.

      • I Phoned IHG Rewards Customer relations today and they put the points straight back into my account. Technical error they said.

  8. Did I send you pics of the Aspire Edinburgh one before, Rob? Let me know if not and I can either resend or take some more when I’m next in!

  9. Hi Rob,

    I’m flying through ABZ & BHX in the coming weeks, can do the Swissair Lounge in ABZ, and the No 1 Lounge & Aspire Lounges in BHX if you want?


    • I’ll also be in LHR T5 in the Aspire Lounge if you want a full review doing. 🙂

      • Don’t bet on it, they turn people away more often than they let them in!

        No, I’m OK, I don’t need anything on that. I’ve been there and have some pictures, I just never did a full review although there is a news article somewhere I can rewrite.

    • Already have a volunteer for Aberdeen but happy to take reviews on Birmingham, thank you. Will sort you out with something afterwards.

  10. Wally1976 says:

    Got the Holiday Inn near work which is always £90+ in the week for £49 🙂

  11. Dave Radcliffe says:

    My wife could possibly do early morning photos of BHX aspire/No1 on Monday.
    We’ve been turned away every time when travelling as a couple and trying to enter No1 using her Priority Pass at slightly busier times of day, so I don’t necessarily have a good word to say.