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IHG’s 48 hour Winter Sale is 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 One Rewards update – December 2023:

Get bonus points: Our article on IHG’s current bonus promotion is here. You will receive 2,000 bonus points for every two cash nights you stay until 31st December. Nights do not need to be consecutive. Click here to register.

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

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

IHG is offering a 100% bonus (some members may be offered less) when you buy points by 30th December 2023. Click here to buy.

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)

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  • paul says:

    ok so deals look good but how and when do you purchase. Link to site takes you to page that suggest rates available now if you are a member. So I log in but rates are the same for every weekend in January for the CP Glasgow…ie £90 plus. What am I doing wrong?

    Would be really help full if hotels sold rooms like airlines and offered a calander to show where the cheapest nights are.

  • paul says:

    just ignore my last post….clearly states 31/10/14… early in the morning!

  • wetboy1uk says:

    IHG are extremely poor at the moment – are they trying to drive customers away. Tried their best price guarantee and it took just under 48 hours for a response which said the lower rate is no longer available – no S**T sherlock – but now I have lost out on the lower rate – how can they be allowed to wait so long before verifying a lower price knowing themselevs that prices change daily – I seem to remember them being in the press a few years ago for fixing prices – wonder if it will be worth taking this matter to trading standards? Doubt I will book another hotel with them

  • Aliks says:

    A few weeks ago I booked a couple of nights in the Intercontinental Istanbul – . price £122 per night (this was the all in cost that appeared on my Lloyds Amex – so no FX charge).

    I just checked the sale price and it is £138 per night – did I miss something or are IHG just claiming massive discounts against “list” prices that noone ever pays?

  • Stuart says:

    Shame I’m pretty new to this, I didn’t realise they did winter sales and booked a non-refundable one night at the Holiday Inn York some months back for December. The same room would have been half the price now.

    • Kipto says:

      Does anybody else have problems viewing the availability of rooms via an iPad. The date seems to freeze on the check in date and won’t budge. I have deleted the ihg app and downloaded it again but it still does the same thing. Don’t have this problem with my phone. ?

    • Stuart says:

      Actually not a loss at all really now I’ve checked to see what I would have saved, they don’t have availability on my (non-flexible) date for the sale rate so I’ve not lost out.

  • Kilburn Flyer says:

    Anyone know how this will tie in for the “into the nights” promotion?

    I need two Saturday night stays at Holiday Inns to complete but don’t want to take advantage of sale rates unless they will definitely count. Thoughts?

  • ComeFlyWithMe123 says:

    Hey Rob,

    Can you give a brief review of CP Blackfriars (also known as CP London – The City). I am staying there in a couple of weeks but thinking of changing to a hilton property.


    • Nicola says:

      I stay there regularly but be aware of noise from the night club at weekends and some of the rooms have windows facing inside not to the street.

      • Trickster says:

        We had one of these rooms on our points stay end of August. Nice room otherwise. We were upgraded to the exec floor, but despite my request we didn’t get exec lounge access. They said it was too busy, but that was not my observation as an ‘outsider’. We wouldn’t have made much use of it with a 4 year old with us, but breakfast was why I wanted it. We ended up being comped full breakfast in the restaurant due to a cleaning issue in our room. The hotel manager dealt with this well.

        I thought the location of the hotel was great. On previous London visits we’ve stayed at the CP St James (now Taj), and IC Park Lane, so wanted to be in a different part of town. Relatively handy for our meal on the golden circle points offer it the Shard too.

        I would return to this hotel.

    • Rob says:

      Very smart hotel, had no problems apart from poor evening food in the lounge (and breakfast wasn’t up to much). Superior to pretty much every Hilton branded hotel in London.

  • Andy says:

    I don’t think so. The price shown is per person taking into account the 2 for 1. So BRU to BKK is £1000.

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