IHG Rewards Club (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza)

IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty scheme for InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels amongst others. You earn points which can be used for free nights or transferred into frequent flyer miles including Avios points.

I published an extensive two-part review of IHG Rewards Club which can be found here and here. The latest promotions can be found on our 'Hotel Promos' page.

Some lessons in redeeming miles and points from our Easter trip to Asia

If all goes to plan, we will be flying to Hong Kong next week for a whistle-stop tour of Asia over Easter.  Whilst there will, at some point, be a slug of flight and hotel reviews published, I thought I would do an introductory piece […]

Is IHG Business Rewards – the small business and PA scheme – worth a look?

Not many people know that IHG – owner of the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc hotel brands – has a scheme aimed at travel bookers and small businesses, IHG Business Rewards. I thought it was giving it another push today because, slightly late in the […]

InterContinental trialling ‘Club InterContinental Experience’ at non-lounge hotels

InterContinental, the luxury brand inside the IHG Rewards Club portfolio of hotels, has been trialling a new product since January called the ‘Club InterContinental Experience’. This is aimed at hotels without a private club lounge and is an attempt to offer some of the same […]

Bits: Barclays / IHG compensation payments, BA toilet trouble

News in brief: More news on Barclaycard / IHG compensation Following on from my article this week about Barclaycard closing the IHG Rewards Club card, it seems that the call centre has now been officially briefed to offer you £25 compensation for every £1,000 you […]

What are the best hotel promos for March?

Our monthly credit card round-up has always been a popular article, so I’ve decided to trial a similar monthly round-up of the best hotel offers from the major chains. All of the information in this article can be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which […]

Bits: reader gets a 7-minute IHG / Barclays refund!, ParentPay drops Amex, Etihad A380 First clip

News in brief: Reader gets a refund from Barclaycard within 7 minutes! When I wrote about the closure of the IHG Rewards Club credit cards issued by Barclaycard yesterday I suggested that, if you will not now be able to hit the £10,000 target for earning […]

Barclaycard closes its IHG credit cards – what should you do?

Barclaycard sent out letters to holders of the IHG Rewards Club and IHG Rewards Club Premium visa cards yesterday informing them that the cards will be closed on 26th April.  Points will only be earned on transactions made by 20th April. This is not a […]

The top 14 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms of cold hard cash. Put simply, if I get this card purely for the sign-up […]

Is it worth buying hotel points TODAY to transfer to Avios for the 35% bonus?

(EDIT: there was a mistake in my Starwood calculation which is now fixed, apologies.) Until 8th March, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios – click for my article on that deal. Since most […]

100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points – THREE DAYS ONLY

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – has brought back its ‘100% buy points bonus’ promotion.  It is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points. The page to buy points is here.  The deal […]

Is a 35% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios a good deal?

It was due a return and now it is back.  I’m talking about the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. The bonus is usually 25%.  This time, as they did in […]

Bits: Kimpton Amsterdam on points, BA dropping and starting routes at City

News in brief: Amsterdam’s forthcoming Kimpton bookable on IHG points OK, if you’re not a bit of a hotel geek the headline above might not mean much.  However, fans of Kimpton Hotels – the cult US boutique hotel brand now owned by IHG – have […]

BOOK FROM 2pm-ish: 129 new IHG PointBreaks hotels at just 5,000 points

As I originally wrote on Saturday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) will release a new list of PointBreaks redemptions this afternoon. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All of the 129 hotels below will be available for just 5,000 […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 129 x 5,000 point hotels, book on Monday

Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All of the 129 hotels below will be available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club […]

Why transferring hotel points to a friend is good (but airline miles are bad)

Most frequent flyer schemes allow you to pay to transfer miles to a friend.  It is usually a terrible deal.  The price is often only modestly cheaper than buying miles outright but no new miles are being created – you are paying a high fee simply for […]

Book NOW: 450 IHG hotel redemptions go up on Sunday

Here is your final reminder that IHG Rewards Club is changing the cost of 650 hotel redemptions from tomorrow, 15th January. You can download a PDF list here. You won’t be surprised to hear that 75% of the changes are price increases.  (Hat-tip to View From The […]

Paying tax on 31st January? Remember HMRC credit card fees have been slashed!

If you have a large chunk of self-assessment income tax due this month, there is an upside. Last April, HMRC slashed its credit card fee to roughly 0.4%. One of the biggest jokes, since the EU cap on Visa and MasterCard fees came into effect […]

IHG’s UK Flash Sale is better than it seems, especially in London

IHG Rewards Club, operator of the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, HI Express and Staybridge Suites brands, is currently running a 72-hour flash sale. It runs until 9am tomorrow (Saturday) and is only for their UK hotels. You can book for stays beween now and 27th February. […]

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 […]