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Bits: Very impressive £39-£99 IHG Flash Sale now on, get 240 Avios with new ‘Wimpy Kid’ book

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News in brief:

Good IHG Flash Sale now on

IHG has launched a flash sale covering Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites.

This is ONLY for hotels in Europe.  600 properties are included.

Rooms are priced at either £39, £59, £79 or £99 (or € in Europe).  Here is the list.

There are some impressive hotels includedCrowne Plaza The City in London, which most see as comparable to the InterContinental in quality terms, is £99 for example.  The Paddington and Kensington Hotel Indigo hotels are also £99.  Even the very good Crowne Plaza Kensington which I reviewed here (and pictured below) is £99.

You need to book by 5th November.  Stays must be between 1st December and 28th February 2018.  Rooms booked under this offer are non-refundable.

You can book at ihg.com here.   You can see all the hotels included by price band on this page of the website.

Crowne Plaza Kensington

240 Avios or 250 Virgin Flying Club miles with ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

Tesco Direct is currently offering 100 bonus Clubcard points, worth 240 Avios or 250 Virgin Flying Club miles, if you pre-order ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Getaway’.

The book, released on 7th November, is also reduced from £12.99 to just £6.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article.

Comments (99)

  • The_real_a says:

    OT – i will be taking Air China in First next week LHR to PEK (crazy 37k virgin miles o/w + £320) any tips to maximise the experience?

    • The_real_a says:

      I should also say thanks to Rob who made me aware of this deal!

      • the real harry1 says:

        get early to the airport, I think you can choose between 3 lounges (Lufthansa Senator, United Airlines Club, Air Canada Maple Leaf) – no reason you can’t try all 3!

        get to work on the drinks and food, get into ‘night shift’ cycle at home a couple of days before the flight so that you can stay awake longer on board & ask the cabin crew to wake you for meals

    • JamesB says:

      Eat lightly, drink only water, save a few HFP favourites to read offline, go to sleep at 10pm UK time and remain asleep until the cabin crew wake you to return your seat to the upright position 🙂

    • filipino_chino says:

      if it’s in Y – something to cover your eyes… i paid around 290 to mnl return for a cash ticket… it was not nice, but for the price you cannot go wrong…

    • the_real_a says:

      Thanks All – Great idea, i have a few hours before the flight so i might do a tour of all 3 lounges! I hear the Air China food is not up to par so I’m hoping for a tasty meal in at least one of them.

    • New Card says:

      Have an amazing time!

      One Q: did you manage to book a one-way redemption using Virgin miles from LON > PEK? The HFP article before suggested a return booking was necessary, but if one way is possible this becomes much more interesting for me…

      • the_real_a says:

        Yes I’m flying one way, its now allowed for the half the stated miles in the partner redemption table. I’m pairing this with a reverse return HKG-LBA / LON-HKG on BA in CW using the LLyods upgrade voucher to get me back for Christmas and then out again in the new year. That was another corker at 78k+£260 total tax for the return.

      • the_real_a says:

        I should also add that availability is perfectly matched to United.com First Saver Award inventory. Availability was good with 3-4 days of options each week, more inventory seems to open up at 2-3 weeks from the flight date.

        • New Card says:

          Thanks – that’s really helpful to know. Have a great time and enjoy sampling all the lounges!

  • JamesB says:

    Anybody know if the IHG sale rates will be qualifying stays?

    • Roger C says:

      Yes – this would nicely complete my Accelerate target if it’s allowed….

    • Rob says:

      These days they usually are – this was a big issue in the past but for the last few years sale deals have been specifically flagged.

  • Ian says:

    I’m staying in the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth at the moment which is in the sale priced at £79, but I have to say I wouldn’t even pay that for it. This is the first time I’ve stayed in a Crowne Plaza, and if the Plymouth one (which has only opened this year) is indicative of the quality of this brand then I’ll definitely be avoiding it in future.

    I’m Spire status and have an Executive Room, the bathroom doesn’t even have a proper mirror! Just a very small round magnified one.

    • Jonty says:

      Previously it was a Holiday inn with a kind of Roger Moore James Bond-era faded chic. Worth visiting if you want to know how not to refurbish a hotel. Unless it’s just an ironic early noughties airport hotel look and I’m too provincial to notice?

      • Ian says:

        Haha definitely worth visiting in a lesson on how to not refurbish a hotel! It’s like they ran out of money. The executive room that I’m sat in at the moment is pretty big! But has oceans of empty space, it badly needs some extra furniture! I guess if they couldn’t afford a mirror for the bathroom there’s no hope of extra furniture though. Oh and don’t even get me started on how bad the Club Lounge is!

    • Andy says:

      That used to be the Holiday inn. I used to go there as a teenager with my g/f up to the Poona bar on the top floor. You got unparalleled views of the sound. I can tell you it would take your breath away at night when the around the world ships were in getting ready for the start.

  • Ammar Ghouri says:

    OT – any tips on where to stay in Madrid for a 48 hour weekend stay in January? Looking for deals, cheap and central location would be ideal to do the sights/tourist/shopping stuff.

    • Cate says:

      Coincidentally, we’re going to Madrid end of January too. Toss up between the Westin or the Principal by SPG for us. If you some SPG points (from 12,000) or points and cash (from 6,000 + USD 110 per night) that may help with budgeting. Also if you have a fair few IHG points to burn and don’t mind going a bit further out, the IC Madrid was very nice and has a lovely exec lounge (no spirits though!).

      Transfer costs to/fro airport/Madrid are legally set at 30 euros each way so you may want to consider the metro. Have fun 🙂

      • Genghis says:

        EUR17 in an Uber in June to our office not far from the IC.

      • Ammar says:

        Thank Cate…excellent tips, will look into them. Did look at the IC Madrid, will check out the others in the IHG sale. I think the metro or the Uber might be winner for our travel from terminal 4 – a wikitravel article mentions a commuter train for 2.60 EUR!

        • Lyn says:

          Ammar, the Holiday Inn Piramides is literally above the Piramides train station. You can take the commuter train (called cercanias) directly from the airport, and don’t have to change at Nuevos Ministerios like you do for the metro to most places, like the IC. It is perhaps slightly slower than the metro but cheaper and simpler. It is a different type of ticket to the metro/bus ticket. The HI is within walking distance of some the tourist areas in the centre, and a bus journey to the main art museums yet in a quiet neighbourhood. The staff are particularly helpful.

    • CV3V says:

      Holiday Inn Piramides, little bit out from city centre, but has a subways station next door, and the train from airport stops at that station (but double check thats still the case!). As a Plat at the time, was upgraded to a suite (=there was a wall between the bed and the couch).

      • Stu N says:

        If you’re not wedded to any particular chain, the Melia ME on Plaza Santa Ana was superb – classy building, quiet rooms, everything in walking distance and the partner restaurant that does breakfast and drinkies was superb. It’s about 10 mins walk from Sol.

        We got it as default choice on a BA holiday – was effectively free with CE flights – and are going back next year on our own dollar.

  • Rob says:

    Should do because Amex only sees the final number.

    • Tilly says:

      Thanks Rob.

      Handy offer, nicely timed.

      Also got the Gucci offer saved on two cards, £50 back on £200 spend.

      • Andrew says:

        Did this just pop up today? I’m considering booking some hotels with BA in the next couple of days so would be very handy for me indeed!

      • Tilly says:

        Yep. Wasn’t in my offers during the day yesterday but appeared late lastnight.

  • TripRep says:

    OT: Tesco —> Just reporting Virgin 20% bonus for transfers working perfectly (did one yesterday), think I’m going to sign up to auto convert + manually empty my TCC account to VS, don’t see anything better coming along in the next 6 months…

    • the real harry1 says:

      there’s always the chance that BAEC/ avios.com would have gone for a bonus conversion this quarter…(2 years since last one)…

      …were it not for the fact that Virgin grabbed it first

      which means there could be one next quarter? well overdue

  • Eli Goldberg says:

    The IHG sale clearly includes Mediterranean and Russian locations. So NOT only in Europe!

    Or am I seeing wrong?

    • Nick says:

      You’re kidding, right?! Russia (west of the Urals) and turkey are in Europe…

      If your geography is that bad, with all due respect I’d suggest going back to school rather than on holiday.

    • CV3V says:

      maybe they use the Eurovision map.

  • Nick says:

    OT – but you guys always know the answer! Istanbul… would you go for the Hilton (the main one) or Conrad? Both are the same price, and I have gold if it makes a difference.

    • Kai says:

      IIRC Hilton Bosphorus is very tired. Hilton Bomonti is generally regarded the best Hilton in town (even over Conrad). I stayed at the IC earlier this year and it’s excellent.