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.

Bits: avid hotels confirmed as a new IHG brand, how to save £68 tax on Avios flights to Cape Town

News in brief: avid hotels confirmed as the new IHG hotel brand Back in June IHG announced plans for a new midscale brand.  It has now confirmed the name and concept, although it doesn’t seem as if they will be in Europe for a few […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

My review of the Crowne Plaza Geneva hotel

This is my review of the Crowne Plaza Geneva hotel. I have run this an extra fourth article today because it is a bit of a niche topic.  I am only covering it at all because there is a lack of content about it elsewhere. […]

Bits: BA ‘Upgrade to First’ back, SPG / Marriott merger clue, IC Ambassador 5k bonus goes

News in brief: British Airways brings back ‘Upgrade To First’ BA has brought back its regular ‘Upgrade To First’ promotion. This offer is only suitable for people travelling for business, as you are required to book a flexible or semi-flexible Club World ticket (in R, […]

HFP ‘Credit Cards’ page updated for September – what are the best deals this month?

It is time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Our updated directory of all 22 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ […]

What is the best Visa or MasterCard travel loyalty credit card?

I continue to get a steady stream of reader emails looking for advice on the best Visa or MasterCard miles and points card.  With earning rates being cut following the EU cap on interchange fees, it isn’t easy. The Head for Points credit card guide […]

IHG brings back its generous ‘Accelerate’ offer for Autumn

IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc loyalty scheme, has launched its new Autumn 2017 promotion – IHG Accelerate. Yes, it is repeating the Autumn 2015, Spring and Summer and Autumn 2016 and Spring and Summer 2017 offer! But that is not a bad thing. […]

Bits: bizarre new easyJet service, hidden IHG Accelerate goals, airberlin cancellations

News in brief: easyJet launches new ‘check in your hand baggage’ service No, 1st April has not come early.  easyJet really did launch a new service yesterday called ‘Hands Free’. Apparently, many people who travel with just hand baggage – in order to avoid queuing […]

How to do a hotel mattress run – and what can go wrong

This is another of our ‘introductory’ articles which we have been running throughout August. With the new round of hotel promotions about to kick off, and with IHG Rewards Club running another generous version of Accelerate which may reward you for making unnecessary hotel stays, […]

Bits: Virgin East Coast sale, IHG ‘buy points’ bonus, earn Nectar points with South Western

News in brief: Virgin East Coast flash sale launched Virgins Trains (East Coast) has launched a flash sale with a full 50% off Advance Standard and Advance First tickets. You need to book by Monday 28th August for travel between 11th September and 20th December. […]

Good ‘airport parking and hotel’ deals via little-known IHG link

Most people are aware that – if you need airport parking whilst you are on holiday – it is often cheaper to book a nearby hotel which offers a ‘free parking’ package and stay there the night before.  Companies such as Holiday Extras specialise in […]

Don’t get caught – IHG, Hilton and Marriott change their cancellation rules

The last few months have seen a number of, in some cases, underhand moves to change – for the worse – the cancellation policies for flexible hotel bookings. These moves have generally been restricted to North America which is why I haven’t covered them.  However, […]

What is the best credit card for foreign spend when someone else is paying?

We write a lot on Head for Points about ways to minimise the 2.99% foreign exchange fee added to most credit and debit card transactions outside the UK. You can either get a dedicated credit card to use abroad with 0% FX fees – of which […]

Should you convert Virgin miles to Hilton or other hotel partners?

Virgin Atlantic has a rare feature that allows you to transfer your points into hotel loyalty schemes.   I wrote about this yesterday when I showed you how this is the only easy way left to earn IHG’s new top tier Spire Elite status without staying in […]

Virgin Atlantic transfers to IHG Rewards Club DO still count towards status

Not everyone knows that you can transfer Virgin Flying Club miles into Hilton Honors points (details are here on the Virgin site) and IHG Rewards Club (Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza etc) points.  See this IHG page on the Virgin website. Tomorrow I will review the Hilton […]