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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)

  • Prins Polo says:

    Interesting that IHG classifies Mongolia as “Eastern Europe & Nordics” 😉

  • Sebastian says:

    Just for clarification, I am trying to book two night in Vienna, which IHG have listed as 79 Euros (on the sale page). However, when I go to book it is 111 Euros per night. Shall I presume my nights do not count (15-17 Dec), or am I missing something?

    • jarvester says:

      I am having the same issues looking for hotels in Glasgow and Edinburgh in December, where I am finding no availability on weekends. I guess the promo will only be available for nights where occupancy is not looking great.
      Also, be careful as some cash rates are substantially lower than the “offer” price, so always check before booking

      • Andrew says:

        Have you tried the Mastercard offer instead?

        https://headforpoints.com/hfp/ihg-mastercard-31-march-2016/

        For the weekend of 15/17th the Holiday Inn by Edinburgh Zoo is going for around £80 a night. The Airport Shuttle bus as good as stops outside it.

        If Glasgow is your thing, plenty of IHG hotels for £75-80 on the same weekend in the City Centre and just £36 within walking distance of GLA.

        • Genghis says:

          There’s some reasonable savings to be had with the MC rate. I’ve been using it for a while now.

        • jarvester says:

          Yes I’ve looked into it thanks. I live near Edinburgh so only looking at two cheap HI nights to trigger my accelerate bonus. I’ve got a stay next week at HI East Kilbride for £60 for a family room (not bad), but was looking for something a bit more central for the £69 offer price

        • Andrew says:

          Stirling is fairly central and the HI express is withing walking distance of the station.

          Dunfermline is usually quite cheap too.

  • h1tvd says:

    yes, I just made an amazon purchase, it excluded the portion paid by amazon gift card but gave 4 points per £ on the balance plus the 1000 bonus points, 1180 marriott points for an amazon spend I would have made anyway. I spent a LOT on amazon so I hope this 4 points per £1 remains 🙂
    OH just shy of 1000 spg points to transfer to marriott so will try a trick mentioned on here a few days ago, get the bonus of 1000 marriott points by shopping on amazon, transfer them to spg for 333 points, then transfer the spg 1000 points for 3000 marriott points, think thats right lol

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      And I can confirm the same for a purchase of a gift card made via the App.

      One thing I found fiddly on the app is it defaults to you making payment using your Marriott points. You need to reduce that to 0 to pay by card. Having done that you are returned to a screen showing payment details but, crucially, the “Pay Now” button is blank ! Once you’ve figured out where that is the transaction goes through just fine.

      Points posted instantly and have an asterix which implies a qualifying activity although my point expiry date has not been extended so not sure what that means really…

      • Lawro says:

        Points posting instantly is big news. Means no-one should have to make an expensive purchase of points when just short of a redemption.

        • Rob says:

          On the other hand, those points are not ‘secure’ and can easily be pulled back. I doubt it will last long like this.

    • meta says:

      Amazon pulled from More! Can’t see it on the app anymore. Was there this afternoon. I shouldn’t have waited until the evening.

      • KevMc says:

        That might have something to do with the US version of the site offering $50 iTunes vouchers for $42.50, and US bloggers/tweets suggesting that they stack it with the Marriott offer

  • KevMc says:

    Just used this to book 5 nights in the Crowne Plaza Republique in Paris for Feb half term. Came to €520 in total, which seems like a good price (The same hotel was around €800 when I was first looking at it around 6 weeks ago).

    Paid on my IHG card, and this is the first time I’ve used it for a foreign hotel booking – will I get 8 points per £ (4 per £ for foreign spend, and 4 for IHG spend), or will it just cap it at 4?

    • Liz says:

      Just the 4 pts

    • Alan says:

      Just 4 but likely 2 and then will need to chase – I’ve not had any luck getting foreign spend to routinely credit at 4x and found bonus IHG stay credit also to be pretty flaky,

  • Waribai says:

    If I can’t see the BA offer on my card, is there anyway to get it added still?

    • Tilly says:

      Don’t think so judging by previous comments on forcing offers onto cards recently. Someone more savvy than me though may have a way.

  • AVM says:

    OT since Bits: I know it was asked before but I never paid attention since did not have Amex Plat at the time: how long does it take for SPG Gold Status to get activated? Amex site says 10-15 work days, Amex Plat rep, whom I asked to expedite the process, said 6 weeks and he could not do anything to make it happen quicker. I have a stay in Marriott in 2 weeks – from previous experience any chance of getting the status by that time?
    Thx!

    • Rob says:

      If you have an existing SPG account, and put that number into the form, it should be fairly quick. If you ask them to open an account for you it could drag on. No guarantee of course.

    • Mark says:

      one was about a week but heard other peoples being longer

    • Relaxo says:

      Nobody knows the answer to this. Can be days or months!

      • Stu N says:

        Mine was <1 week, my gf on supp card took about 2 months. We both “applied” on same day – within about 15 mins as
        I am in charge of such things – and both had active SPG accounts.

  • hugo says:

    I cannot get any sale rates to show at any time. am I missing something here?

    • Nick M says:

      Are you searching for standard rooms (i.e. for double occupancy) between 1 Dec and 28 Feb?

      I have found an issue with some hotels (e.g. HI Lille) but not others… so was assuming that the rates haven’t been fully updated/applied properly as yet?

  • KevMc says:

    I have just used this today and am a little confused as to how they’ve worked out my points.

    It said I would get 4 points per £, plus an extra 1 point per £ for gold status.
    I bought a £50 voucher and a £6.99 book, total £56.99 (£0 VAT)

    Total points earned = 1210 (168 base, plus 42 for gold, plus 1000 for first use).

    So this seems to suggest there is £42 of qualifying spend., which would mean they’ve knocked off 25% (assuming they round it down to £56).

    I can’t seem to find any Ts & Cs anywhere explaining how they arrive at the number they do; has anyone else found any?

    • Rob says:

      They might be adjusting for VAT even if no VAT exists, but that doesn’t really begin to account for the scale of the gap.

      I bought a £25 Amazon gift card (no VAT). They treated the £25 as £18.50! Total points 1,093 = 1000 first purchase bonus, 74 base points, 19 Gold points.

      • Sussex Bantam says:

        Interestingly Rob I bought exactly the same as you and received 1,112 = 1000 first purchase, 74 base points, 19 Gold point and 19 Marriott Credit Cold Holder Bonus.

        This is particularly weird as, whilst I do own a Marriott Card, I bought this on my Lloyds Amex…..

        • Rob says:

          I DID buy it on my Marriott credit card!! And I didn’t get the Marriott credit card holder bonus …..

          Just remembered that I really should be buying another voucher for my wife via her account!

      • Alan says:

        Annoyingly no 1000 bonus received for my £20 Amazon GC spend, despite being above the $25 threshold. Am chasing!