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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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  • Philip Swan says:

    Am I doing something wrong, or is the IHG sale countdown clock working on GMT-1 ?
    In other words, is it an hour slow ?

  • Julie says:

    Has anyone found a way of booking these via the app, still chasing for the into the night promo 13,400 points for an app booking. Currently in a battle with customer services, I downloaded the app and booked a hotel on the 4th sept, they say I registered for the promo on the 10th, I guess I’m not going to win the argument so trying to find a cheap workaround.

  • Damien says:

    Wasn’t able to book this on the App last night at all. Waited till 1am, but still nothing. Even the message that mentioned we could do it a day early seemed to have vanished from the in-app “offers and messages”. Also couldn’t find anything relating to it in the rate drop down. I’ve either gone insane of IHG have managed to feck it up again.

    • Fenny says:

      I made a couple of bookings last night because I actually want rooms. But none of the hotels I looked at had rooms at anything like the sale rates. I checked pretty much every hotel in Warks, Northants, Beds & Cambs for assorted dates in November and December, with a few coming in at around £45-55, but nothing at £29 or £39. Most were well over £55 from the 3 lowest priced lists.

  • Armo says:

    Was able to get 49 pounds per night at the Regents Park HI last. I have payed about 110 a night for a weekend.

    • ian says:

      Any tips on getting the rates to appear in the app? I’m having no lick on either iOS or android

  • Rda says:

    The app didn’t work but when I signed in on my ipad (regular ihg site) I could access the rooms

  • CV says:

    Rooms are bookable. Use the link above in the article, then log into account. Only bookable on the 48 hour sale page. Remember today is Plat members only.

  • takke says:

    Raffles – re the 70% threshold, is this published anywhere? Does this mean that if I book an Advance Saver rate which is less than 70% of the Best Flexible Rate, I don’t get stay credit? That would just seem to be quite strange, given that it isn’t mentioned anywhere when you book – but then nothing with IHG would surprise me… I just want to check before booking stays for Into the Nights

    • Rob says:

      A published standard rate on their site will always get points. Is AdvPur ever 30% below Best Flex? Doubt it. However, any promo code, special deal etc will often not count and if you query it they always come back with the 70’per cent rule. I think it is in the rules somewhere. That said, some hotels give you the points anyway.

      • Martin says:

        This is the relevant section of the rules. As you can see, the 30% discount rule applies only to “locally negotiated rates” at hotels in the Americas. Any agent who tries to cite it in other situations is confused and should be challenged.

        “Eligible Charges Worldwide include the following Qualifying Room Rates paid for hotel room nights: including the hotel’s Advanced Purchase Rate, Best Flexible Rate, worldwide sales negotiated rate, national/regional/local government rate and specified leisure rates as confirmed by IHG’s HOLIDEX® Plus reservation systems. Points will be awarded for Qualifying Room Rates booked through IHG central reservation offices, IHG web sites, travel agents or directly at the hotel. In addition, in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, points may be collected on locally negotiated rates if these rates are discounted less than 30%. At Asia Pacific hotels, Qualifying Room Rates also include all locally negotiated rates. Eligible Charges Worldwide also include food and beverage, telephone, laundry, and in-room movies charged to the member’s room. Charges at restaurants not operated by the hotel may not be eligible for points. Hotels may choose to award points for other charges at their discretion. At U.S. and Canadian hotels (except InterContinental Alliance Resorts), you can collect points or miles on all Eligible Charges for multiple hotel rooms (less than 10) provided those rooms are used in conjunction with the member’s stay at the same hotel, and that their IHG® Rewards Club member number is recorded on each reservation, or the charges from those multiple room reservations are referred to on the hotel room bill associated with the member’s reservation.”

        • Rob says:

          Disagree. As it says above, only ‘specified leisure rates’ count. We have no idea if a rate is ‘specified’ in HOLIDEX or not but 30 per cent does seem the cut off.

  • HayMow says:

    Seems our option to do a (curtailed) mattress run may have been stymied (ie. like Rob’s “stay a while, ruffle the sheets,then leave a bit later” tactic) by a £50 fee!… Clicking the full rate rules on the payment page brings up a box with various extra charges, incl £50 for “early departure” !!! No definition of “early” was obvious. Anyone know what this means in practice? and is it a new rule?

    • trickster says:

      Surely that means leaving after 1 night on a 2+ night stay?

      • Rob says:

        Only applies to Best Flex bookings where you have not paid in advance and you stuff the hotel by leaving early and depriving them of revenue.

    • Nick says:

      Take no notice of the early departure rule. I believe that’s only if you’ve got a two night stay and leave after one night.

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