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IHG 48 hour Winter Sale on its way – but not as good as 2011-2013

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For the last few years, IHG – owner of Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc – has launched very aggressive sales for rooms over the fallow Winter period

When I say aggressive, I mean aggressive.  In 2011 and 2012, rooms were priced at £20.12 to celebrate IHG’s links with the London Olympics.  Last year, they offered rooms at between £25 and £45 depending on brand.

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I snagged a couple of deals which I used as cheap office space for writing HfP!  I paid £35 for the Holiday Inn Mayfair and £45 for the Crowne Plaza Blackfriars, which included an upgrade to the executive floor with my IHG Platinum status.

The good news is that the sale is back.  This year over 600 hotels in Europe will be taking part.

Availability is usually limited.  The sale will cover the period from December 15th to February 14th.

Here is the bad news:  in 2014, the sale is going to be a damp squib for most people.

As you can see from this page on the IHG website, the list of participating hotels is priced from £29 to £169.

The UK £29 list only comprises Holiday Inn Express hotels.  The first semi-decent London hotel is Holiday Inn Kensington at £49.  The Holiday Inn Stratford I used to get for £20 is £89 – close to its normal price in the dead season.   The HI Wembley is a joke at £89 given that it is 10,000 points to redeem.

If you want a luxury break, the £169 level is more interesting.  InterContinental Park Lane is there, as the IC Paris Le Grand – a Valentine break may be possible.

Outside the UK the deals look a little better but there is nothing to make me pull out my credit card.

The website states that the sale starts at 00.01 on October 31stIf you are an IHG Rewards Club Platinum member AND you book via the IHG app, you can get access 24 hours earlier at 00.01 on October 30th – ie tomorrow morning.

These rooms are not explicitly blocked from earning IHG Rewards Club points and stay credit, or counting for Into The Nights. If your night costs less than 70% of the Best Flexible Rate for that night, your points are at risk though. This is the threshold that hotels are meant to use when deciding whether to give points although some properties ignore it.

Note there is a breakfast quirk. You can add breakfast for a flat £10 per room – a great deal. InterContinental properties will add £30. In Europe it is even cheaper at €10 per room.

As always, if the sale has a property in a place you need to be, you’ve got a bargain, however good or bad the overall list may be.  I recommend you click here, take a look and decide for yourself.

IHG Rewards update – January 2022:

Get bonus points: IHG Rewards will be running a ‘Double Points’ promotion from 1st February to 31st March 2022. You can register here.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards 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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (59)

  • Aceman says:

    Any idea when the premium IHG card is launched? I’m getting a bit fed up of barclaycard!!

  • Erico1875 says:

    The CP Glasgow and HIX Edinburgh Royal Mile both look decent value at £49

  • bill says:

    I see that 31 Dec is a blackout date so for that reason I makes sense for me to go to the Birmingham Radisson 200m up the road from the HI where I already have a flex booking inc breakfast for £67

  • julie says:

    Would Crown Plaza in Kensington be any good for £89? Trouble with being a country bumpkin is you dont know where to stay when you travel up to London

    • Peter says:

      Crowne Plaza Kensington is good value at 89GBP. It’s a decent enough hotel and well located – bus outside the door and tube station opposite. Very close to museums like the Natural History Museum or V &A. If you’re Platinum, they might give you an Executive room with lounge access…

  • tony says:

    Holiday Inn Reading £169
    Crowne Plaza Reading £89


  • Paul says:

    I don’t know if it’s been changed, but the T&C’s state it is still £30 for breakfast for InterContinental rooms.

  • Damien says:

    So no guarantee any of these would count towards the 60 nights required for RA status?
    Would the “Points to be Earn” part of the reservation on the IHG site be an indicator if they were qualifying nights?


  • luckyjim says:

    If we know in advance that prices are going to drop, is there an opportunity to benefit from a Best Price Guarantee?

    • Bill says:

      I wouldnt bother. The sale rates will cease on 1 Nov. It will take them longer than that to verify the cliam.

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