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Another IHG Rewards Club 24-hour “flash sale” on Monday – some VERY good deals!

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IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza / InterContinental hotels grouping, will be running a second ‘flash sale’ on Monday 21st.

A selection of hotels will be offered at 25%-75% off their regular redemption rate.  Here is the list of hotels taking part.

IHG Rewards Club

You can only book for 24 hours from Monday at 10am US Eastern Time (3pm UK) for stays between October 23rd and November 23rd. 

There are some decent options on the list:

  • 75% off Holiday Inn Phuket Beach Resort
  • 50% off Crowne Plaza Athens – City Centre
  • 75% off InterContinental Madrid
  • 50% off Crowne Plaza Geneva
  • 75% off Crowne Plaza Antalya
  • 75% off Indigo Paddington
  • 75% off Holiday Inn Edinburgh
  • (plus 7 other UK hotels)
  • 75% off Holiday Inn Dubai Al-Barsha
  • 50% off Holiday Inn Express NYC – Wall Street

This is only a small fraction of the hotels listed.  Basically, if you have ANY travelling planned up to 23rd November, you should take a look at the full list and see if there is a property to which you can switch.


IHG Rewards Club update – November 2020:

Get bonus points: IHG’s current promotion is ‘2x’, which runs until 15th December 2020. You can learn more in our article here. You can register here using promo code 44480.

New to IHG Rewards Club?  Read our two-part overview of IHG Rewards Club here and here and our article on expiry rules here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards Club points, you can buy them here.

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

Comments (38)

  • EvilGazebo says:

    I take it if I haven’t got enough IHG points in my account for a flash sale redemption, I’m not going to be able to correct that in time?

    i.e. assume neither Virgin or Amex UK MR transfers to IHG are instantaneous?

    • Rob says:

      No they’re not. And Amex doesn’t transfer to IHG anymore, unfortunately.

      You can buy points instantly at $7 per 1000. You need 5000 to start with. You then find a 15,000 point hotel, do a redemption booking, and select the ‘5000 points plus $70 option’. Book the hotel then immediately cancel it. You don’t get the $70 back, but you get the full 15,000 points back in your account. Repeat as necessary.

      Do NOT do this for the Indigo deal, though, as I reckon it won’t be bookable. It is a 64 room hotel with 3 reward rooms per night (5%, the contractual limit IHG forces on hotels). That is 90 rooms over the 30 day booking period, of which possible a third will already have been booked at full rate. Your chance of getting one of the others is not great.

      • EvilGazebo says:

        Brilliant as ever, you managed to tell me 3 separate things I didn’t know in that reply! Although it was dawning on me about no more AMEX > IHG literally as the email reply notification hit 🙂

        And you correctly guessed my intention was Indigo so I won’t chance it – thanks. Although the points+cash purchase trick is very good to know for future use…..

        • DrTom says:

          Yes, I’ve had a wasted afternoon trying to book the Paddington Indigo.

          Wrong information displaying about room availability, rooms booked all the way through the process at 11,250 points, but 45,000 points taken out, slow systems and lots of confusion.

          The consensus, incidentally, is that at most only 1 of the 3 reward rooms per night was discounted to 11,250. I did a pretty thorough scan and check of dates, and I’m convinced that some nights weren’t discounted at all (possibly where reward nights were already sold out).

          I did manage to grab a single night I needed, but this put paid to any idea of a cheap vacation.

          Tom

          • Rob says:

            HIX Croydon is not a bad hotel, you know! Relatively short stroll to East Croydon station which is 20 minutes into Central London. Only 50% off, so 7500 per night.

          • Smiley miley says:

            I had a go at buying 5,000 points in the hope of doing a 5,000 redemption booking and then cancelling it but am still waiting for the points to be credited to my IHG account. Having missed out on this sale can anyone tell me how long I am likely to have to wait until I get another opportunity?

          • Rob says:

            This was the 2nd of these sales, so if they are becoming a regular feature then it will be same time next month.

            A new list of general PointsBreak properties should be out soon as well, all at 5000 points per night, but these are less exciting hotels.

  • avstar says:

    lets say you book a rewards night using this flash sale or the normal process. is there anything you can do to make it a qualifying stay, like charge something to the room or breakfast? apols if this has already been answered before

  • MB3000 says:

    Note that the flash sale is for stays up until 22nd November, not 23rd. Makes a difference if you were hoping for a getaway that weekend (like I was :().

    Sure it said 23rd November on the IHG message board when I first looked, but it definitely doesn’t now!

    • Rob says:

      Odd stuff happening with Indigo Paddington. If you couldn’t get a room before, try now – lots has opened up.

    • DrTom says:

      I booked the night of 22nd to 23rd at Indigo London Paddington (albeit, they only had standard rooms available). After that, rooms are back up to full price.

      And thanks to Raffles for alerting me that lots more availability in the hotel has opened up.

  • Elena says:

    I booked one for 31st and it worked fine. Tried again now for Saturday-Sunday and they are all gone 🙁
    It was a very good deal considering that i booked non refundable for double the money for the whole week with Accor hotels, i was well upset.

    Btw can you help please,is it better to keep the Accor promotion on Air berlin x5points or 3x Avios points? I have 10 days of stays coming up with them and would like to maximise my avios

    • Rob says:

      Depends if you have a plan to use the AB miles. Better to earn 3x Avios and redeem them than earn 5x topbonus but not have enough for a redemption …

  • will says:

    Well with only 10125 IHG points in the bank I thought I was going to be out of luck here, but I managed to scoop 4 rooms at the Hotel Indigo Paddington for the 1st and 2nd of November for 1125 points + $70 per night!

  • limelight says:

    If you did book Indigo Paddington, worth checking your reservations. I booked 2x Deluxe room nights, got confirmations, showed online. Someone has gone into the online reservations a few hours ago and downgraded them both to Standard. I’d be surprised if I was the only one….

    • Rob says:

      Still showing Exec King for me, not sure if Platinum status protects me?

      • limelight says:

        Very glad to hear you’re not affected. I’m Platinum too, so goodness knows what they’re up to. They do always find a way to keep it interesting…

      • xcalx says:

        I don’t think it will. As a Plat I was once upgraded to an overwater villa then downgraded to a duplex villa. On arrival they offered me the duplex, luckily I had printed the booking showing the upgraded room. Which they honoured. I keep an eye on my IHG point bookings as they do tend to change room types up and down prior to check in.

    • will says:

      Only standard left by the time I got to the party, I’ll flip at least 2 of the rooms just to scale up my points balance in any case.