IHG – owner of Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc – has brought back the 48-hour Flash Sale that it originally ran earlier in November. Booking is now open.
Over 600 hotels in Europe are taking part. The end date is the same as last time – you must complete your stay by February 14th.
The list of participating hotels is priced from £29 to £169. It went up on the site yesterday, even though you couldn’t actually book, and seems identical to the list from the first two flash sales.
The UK £29 list comprises only Holiday Inn Express hotels. The first semi-decent London hotel I know personally is Holiday Inn Kensington Forum at £49 – this is a pretty good deal as, whilst in need of refurbishment, it is outside Gloucester Road tube station (Piccadilly, Circle, District) and 5 minutes walk from the South Kensington museums.
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury and Holiday Inn London Regents Park, both £49 last time, also have decent reputations but I have never been inside either. At this price you can’t really go wrong.
On the other hand the Holiday Inn Stratford I used to get for £20 in the sale is £89 – close to its normal price in the dead season. The Holiday Inn Wembley is not worth £89 given that it is only 10,000 IHG points to redeem!
If you want a luxury break, the £169 level looks interesting. The InterContinental London Park Lane is still there as is InterContinental Paris Le Grand – a Valentine break may be possible.
The sale runs until midnight on Saturday 17th so you have just a few hours to book.
These rooms are not explicitly blocked from earning IHG Rewards Club points and stay credit, or counting for Set Your Sights. 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 that you must be an IHG Rewards Club member to book. You can sign up for free online so this will not be a major problem for anyone!
As always, if the sale has a property in a place you need to be, you’ve got a bargain. I recommend you click here, take a look and decide for yourself.
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