IHG, owner of Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, HI Express, Indigo, InterContinental and other brands, has launched a ‘partners’ 50% off sale for hotels in the UK and Europe.
You need to have a MasterCard to take part in this promotion.
At the moment, I cannot find the official MasterCard landing page for 2015. Here is the version from 2014 and the link on that page works OK for booking. MasterCard is still an IHG ‘discount partner’ as you can see here in 2015 for a promotion that is ongoing. Here is a version of the 2015 offer aimed at RICS members.
You should be able to use these rates by writing MasterCard on the paper voucher (more on that below).
Here are the rules:
You must book by 21st December
You must stay between 15th December and 29th February
You must stay for at last two nights
You must book at least five nights in advance
Most hotels will only allow this rate on weekends but the rules say that some allow weekday stays
You must print off the standard IHG partner voucher as found on the RICS version of the offer, but write in MasterCard and present it at check-in
Taking the Crowne Plaza London Kensington as an example, as I am there on Friday for an event, the rate under this promotion for 15-17 January is £87 per night (or £117 for a room with club lounge access). The cheapest rate on the standard IHG booking page is £126 per night or £169 for a club room – the sale price is almost 33% cheaper than the already discounted ‘Advance Purchase’ rate.
Until I find the 2015 booking site, you can book via this 2014 MasterCard page – the rates do not show on the standard IHG website. Note that, because these rates are discounted so highly, you should assume that you will NOT earn IHG Rewards Club points and that stays will NOT count towards the current Accelerate promotion. Given the size of the saving, I can live with that.
(Want to earn more hotel points? To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)