IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc) launched its 72-hour Winter flash sale yesterday.
You need to book by 9am (note, am) on Sunday 8th November.
You can book for stays between 1st December and 29th February 2016.
At first glance, the prices are certainly not as generous as we have seen in recent Winter sales. Anyone expecting rooms in Central London for £20.12 again will be disappointed. Even Crowne Plaza The City, which I got for £49 last time, is at £89.
There is nothing in Central London at £39. At £49, the new Indigo in Newcastle caught my eye. Crowne Plaza Ealing and the Holiday Inn Express at Excel are the ‘best’ London options I think, although I’ve never visited the Holiday Inn Brent Cross.
At £69 your pickings improve – you’ll get the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum here, which is ugly but well located. The Indigo in Glasgow is also £69. To be honest, the best value is at the £89 level where you will get genuinely good hotels such as Crowne Plaza Kensington (reviewed here) and Crowne Plaza The City.
For an extra £10 you can add breakfast. This is worthwhile in most cases.
All nights are qualifying nights
Here is the good news – rooms booked in this sale are guaranteed to receive IHG Rewards Club points. This means that they will also qualify for the Accelerate promotion currently running.
Annoyingly, the guarantee that the rooms will qualify for points does not appear on the special booking page or in the terms and conditions. It was flagged clearly in the promotional email sent out yesterday, however. It is also logical given that you must be an IHG Rewards Club member to book these deals.
A great arbitrage here via Accelerate
There is an opportunity here to get yourself a great deal on a hotel stay in 2016.
If you have been a long-time member of IHG Rewards Club, you will have been given a personalised target for the Accelerate promotion this Autumn. Only you will know whether it is worth booking a mattress run (booking a hotel, turning up to check in, ruffling the sheets and then immediately leaving) to hit your qualifying target.
A great opportunity for new members
If you sign up for IHG Rewards Club from scratch and then register for Accelerate via this page, you will get a specific offer – complete four stays and receive two free nights at ANY IHG hotel during 2016.
The only ‘catch’ is that the hotel must be showing standard reward availability for the nights you want but this is rarely an issue – IHG forces its hotels to make 5% of rooms available every night for redemption.
With sale nights running at £39 in this sale, you would be paying £156 for four nights if there is a suitable hotel near you. If you used your two free nights at a top InterContinental hotel in New York, London, Paris etc, you would be getting around £500 of free rooms. That is an impressive deal.
For clarity, your four stays cannot be back-to-back stays at the same hotel – the hotel or IHG will merge them together when they post to your account and they will only count as one stay.
Personally, I am two nights short of my Accelerate target so I will be looking to book two cheap nights under this promotion. I just need to weigh up the arbitrage between paying a higher price for a hotel near my house or travelling out of London to get a far cheaper rate …..
IHG One Rewards update – June 2022:
Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering bonus base points on all cash stays between 18th May and 31st August. You earn double points on your 2nd to 5th nights, triple points on your 6th to 14th nights and quadruple base points from your 15th night. Our full article is here. 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.
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.