News in brief:
Shock as London-ish property hits IHG PointBreaks
IHG Rewards Club will be releasing the list of new ‘5,000 point per night’ PointBreaks redemptions during Friday.
We will run it on HfP on Saturday and the rooms will become bookable on Monday afternoon.
IHG released a teaser list yesterday. There are 120-150 hotels on the list usually, and this time they will include:
- InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar (Indonesia)
- Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank (South Africa)
- Holiday Inn Manaus (Brazil)
- Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center (US)
- Holiday Inn Express Buffalo Downtown (US)
- Holiday Inn Express Williamsburg Busch Gardens Area (US)
- Holiday Inn Clermont – Ferrand Centre (France)
- Holiday Inn Express London – Croydon (UK)
Yes, for the first time EVER, a London hotel is included.
Technically, of course, Croydon is not in London. However, I have done a couple of mattress runs at the Croydon hotel in the past (booking, checking in and leaving immediately, to earn promotional credit) and it is as near as you’re ever going to get for 5,000 points per night. It is under 10 minutes walk to East Croydon station where you can get a mainline train every few minutes to London Bridge etc.
It obviously isn’t the greatest place to stay for a London holiday, but come on …. a lot of people would take 12 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Croydon (with free breakfast) over 1 night at the InterContinental Park Lane.
You can book from Monday afternoon. I imagine that these rooms will go very quickly.
Head for Points on Rip-Off Britain
We were in Manchester yesterday to film a segment for the BBC’s Rip-Off Britain programme. This won’t be broadcast for a few months, unfortunately.
The story involves two people who were struggling to use their Avios points. One person was having trouble finding seats to Tokyo – a notoriously tricky route. The second was more complex, because the person involved had spent over £1,500 on 135,000 Avios during a ‘35% bonus’ promotion without fully understanding what he was getting into, especially as he lived in Scotland with few direct BA options.
With Simon Calder clearly on holiday, I was there to help out the two contributors which basically involved defending the commercial strategy of Avios Group / British Airways.
A photo from the session is above. I’ll let you know when it is due to go out.
PS. For anyone who thinks the BBC is blowing your money day in and day out ….. the total budget for this segment (not the whole episode) was £400. That is not a misprint. This included travel costs for all participants plus some home filming for the two contributors. I was not paid.