IHG Rewards Club has launched two new promotions offering discounted rates for stays in Europe over the Summer. Slightly frustratingly, there are two different promotions and each seems to have its own list of participating hotels.
These offers are valid at selected InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites properties in Europe. This includes the UK.
Deal 1: 30% off your stay
This is the best of the two offers because it has no minimum stay requirements.
It is valid for stays from July 4th to September 4th which are booked and pre-paid 21 days in advance. You also need to be an IHG Rewards Club member although, as membership is free, that is not a barrier.
You are meant to search for availability via this special booking page. That page also explains the rules of the promotion.
However, the rates are also loaded into the main IHG booking system although they do not always correlate. I did a random booking for a weekend at the InterContinental Berlin in August. Via ihg.com I could book this special rate on a ‘room only’ basis with no option of adding breakfast. On the special offer page, I was ONLY offered a breakfast-inclusive price.
This link did offer a genuine saving although it was small. The cheapest room-only price for the dates I checked was €85 compared to €92 for the general public.
Deal 2: 4 nights for the price of 3
The second deal covers 600 hotels across Europe – the ‘30% off’ deal above only covers 500 properties. It is obviously less useful because of the longer stay length and the fact that the discount is only 25%.
The special booking page for this offer is here. The rules are also on that page. The stay dates are the same as the other deal (4 July – 4 September) and you need to book 21 days ahead.
Again, though, the rates – if the hotel is participating – show up via a standard ihg.com search if you look for a four night stay.
The Holiday Inn Mayfair in London on some sample dates I picked was £224 under this promotion. A standard pre-paid room for the same dates was £261 so it does offer some value. Amusingly, when I ran a second test at a different hotel the 4-4-3 rate was actually higher than the Advanced Purchase rate for the same dates!
Do these rates earn points?
Neither of these deals is life-changing but it is obviously worth checking your dates if you are planning a stay.
A ‘more than 30% discount’ is usually the cut-off point for not receiving points in IHG Rewards Club so these rates should both be OK. I do recommend – if you book the first deal – that you take a screenshot of the page in the booking process where it shows how many points you will receive. This is usually enough proof to win over the IHG service centre if there is a problem.
(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)