Hilton and IHG sales both now on!

Both IHG (Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza etc) and Hilton (Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria, Hampton etc) have sales running at the moment.


The IHG ‘World Sale’ is being run as four separate sales, just to confuse everyone!

You must be a member of IHG Rewards Club to book, but that is free to join if you are not already a member.

The home page for the sale is here.

This is the European booking page, which offers discounts of 15% to 30%.

You need to book by 29th November for stays before 31st March.

From that page you can toggle to the other sales:

  • Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East – 15% to 30% off for stays until 15th April
  • China – up to 20% off for stays until 31st March
  • Americas – 15% to 30% off for stays until 31st March

PS.  IHG has also launched another ‘buy points’ bonus, running until 8th December.  You will receive a 100% bonus when you buy over 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points and a smaller 40% bonus on purchases of 5,000 to 19,000 points.   Full details are on this page (log-in required).

Hilton Tallinn Park


We previewed the European Hilton sale last week and it has now opened up to cover Asia and the Middle East too.

The IHG sale is valid for any day of the week, albeit only until the Spring.  Hilton has taken a different tack.  Its sale is valid for ALL of 2018 (and the rest of 2017) but only for weekend stays.

You can see full details on the Hilton website here.

The sale covers Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  Asia and the Americas are not included.

Here are the headline details:

Valid for participating hotels in the UK, Middle East, Africa and Europe

Discounts are up to 25% off ‘Best Available Rate’ and ‘Best Available Rate With Breakfast’ for Hilton Honors members, and up to 20% off for non-members

Bookings are non-changeable and non-refundable (so, let’s be honest, it isn’t a full 25% discount as a non-refundable rate is usually 10% cheaper anyway)

You must book at hilton.com here 

Bookings valid for WEEKEND STAYS at any point between now and the end of 2018

Bookings must be made by 31st January 2018

Given that you can book for the whole of next year, you may be able to lock in a deal for any weddings or other events which you know are coming up.

There is a separate flash sale covering Japan and South Korea with discounts of up to 50% – click here for details.  You must book these rooms by 24th November.

The photo above is the new Hilton Tallinn Park which we reviewed here.

PS.  American Express still has a Hilton cashback deal, offering £50 back when you spend £250 at selected UK and European hotels.  Look in the ‘Offers’ section of your online Amex statement first to see if you have it and can opt in.  It is, in theory, only valid on ‘pay on departure’ rates though.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Was looking for a pre Christmas stay in London, and the Indigo Kensington was pricing up at £69 on the long standing MasterCard rate for the last Friday pre Christmas (22nd). Should work for accelerate too. In the end we went with Hilton Olympia at £111 for an exec room, conscious that the hotel may be a bit tired but the lounge has good write ups.

    • The Hilton Olympia is indeed tired, but the lounge is nice. At that price, I’d still have gone for the Indigo, despite Hilton Diamond status – lovely hotel, especially if you get one of the better rooms, and the location is easier to get to – very close to Earl’s Court, whereas the Hilton is a bit of a trek from the nearest tube.

      • Hilton Olympia to High St Ken is no more than 10 mins walk.

        • You can also get a bus right outside the door, which will take you to Shepherds bush or earls court. Very quick and regular service.

      • I just wish they’d spend a few quid on the Hilton Olympia. It was a really grand old hotel once, that much is clear, but it feels constantly one stout push away from falling down.

        I still stay there in preference to the Hilton Kensington though. Calmer and more homely.

        • We have stayed at the Hilton Kensington a couple of times before. We found it fine, rooms a bit tired but lounge good. At London prices, I’m sure we will easily drink and eat the £42 price difference in the lounge during happy hour and breakfast!

  2. Slightly OT: If I sign up for the IC Ambassador 10k bonus offer by 29th and pay using 32k points do I still get the bonus or do I need to pay cash for that?

    • Can’t see anything obvious in the T&C’s about either payment method. I’m going for it – will let you know in 8 weeks time…!

      • Oh thanks, great help 🙂 I think I’ll chance it too although I cannot see any further mention of the 10k bonus on the sign up page after clicking through from the ‘your world sale’ page.

    • Love2Travel says:

      Is this a targeted offer for the 10k points or a standard one?

  3. Slightly OT (sorry!) but Hilton Honors related…

    I currently appear to be earning double ‘stay’ credits through hilton for recent stays (I.e. it counts as two rather than one). Does anyone have the details of this? I’ve just got Gold for next year earlier than expected and could possibly go for Platinum (if I can find another stay) assuming they all credit double to the end of the year.

    Yet I find nothing about this deal anywhere!

    Any ideas?

  4. IHG also offering a 10k bonus for those joining Ambassador before (IIRC) 28th November. Details on the World Sale page.

  5. IHG ripoff.
    We have a couple of nights in the Crowne Plaza Lyon in early December. Booked on 29th October for EUR230 now on special offer for EUR264.

    • Not exactly a rip-off.

      It’s only costing 15% more to make a booking that’s less than 2 weeks away, whereas you booked it over a month before the stay.

  6. Just my luck – I joined Ambassador and booked my Sydney hotel nights last month. Could have got myself 10k points and saved some money in the sale!

  7. Slightly OT, but Hilton related.

    Had a great stay at Hilton Birmingham Metropole at the weekend, double tier upgrade to a King Deluxe Suite, with Exec Lounge access & 2pm checkout.

    Due to a misunderstanding (likely to be mine) we just missed the end of breakfast serving, kind staff put us in the relaxing coffee lounge, waitress service, ordered fantastic Eggs Benedict, Lattes/Cappuccinos, etc all complimentary, couldn’t of been more helpful. Great quality food and service, felt like being in a VS clubhouse.!

    Free Courtesy bus to catch quick airport monorail for flight home, would definitely return, made sure I filled in a feedback form, hotels need reminding and staff rewarded when they really get it right.

  8. Prepaid stay at Conrad St James triggered the £50 off For me. Took a few days to come through though, I was panicking…

    • johnny_c-l says:

      For the last Hilton 3,000 MR offer it took a few days to get the email, then about 10 days to get the credit. A bit odd given it is usually always instant; I reckon they give themselves a few days grace in case pre-authorisations trigger it.

      • Even if preauths trigger the transaction won’t follow through if you don’t subsequently pay over £250 with that card, and some of the time you will so it doesn’t matter?

    • Anyone else have any experience of whether prepaid stays (Park Lane Hilton if it matters) will trigger the £50 off?

  9. That’s encouraging? I’ve found Amex chat particularly intransigent compared to the old system.

    • Yep just gave them a bit of banter! They said they’d honour it but couldn’t yet sort as transaction was still pending so you recontact a couple of days later. Did so and they sorted – credit now correctly showing on the card that had the offer on it.

  10. Do we know if any points promotions for Hotel stays next year will be released soon? I want to start booking Marriot & Hilton rooms for February but they will not fall in the promotional period.


  11. Anyone know , as an IC ambassador whether i can book a room for a friend and they receive all the perks if i am not there?

  12. fivebobbill says:

    Slightly OT, but hotel loyalty related, and sorry if it’s a stupid question…
    Anyway, I have Marriott Gold Elite status just this year via Amex Plat, but have acquired enough MR points to transfer into Marriott points for a 4 night standard room reward stay in Abu Dhabi. Can somebody better versed on the Marriott program than I am tell me – Do all of my Gold loyalty perks (room upgrade, lounge access, free wifi etc) still apply if it’s a reward booking and not a “cash” one? I don’t want to make the booking if I am going to be stuck in the standard reward room with none of the loyalty trimmings!
    Anyway, hope someone can help, and as I say, sorry if its a daft question.
    Many thanks in advance

    • 90% sure you keep your status benefits on points bookings.

      Also worth remembering Marriott do 5-for-4 on reward night stays so you’ll get a 5th night free.

      If you’re there for 5 nights, might be worth pushing out to a “Marriott Flight and Hotel Package” – excellent value per point.

      • Hilton yes, IHG though, we’ll does it really matter given you get very little anyway.

        OT. Rob, are you aware it appears a new Spire Elite perk at Crowne Plaza is the offer of a welcome drink, points or Lounge access? I had it in Harrogate all year but was offered it at Liverpool John Lennon and asked about it, I was told it was introduced this year.

        • Yes, but it isn’t yet clear if it is 100% guaranteed for hotels to offer this. I have got lounge access twice this year.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Yes, you should get all Gold benefits on a points booking. I have in the past (but not a prolific Marriott redeemer).

      • And you also get Marriott benefits on third party bookings (e.g. hotels.com)

        • fivebobbill says:

          All really useful information, thank you all very much!

          @ n – Unfortunately it has to be a 4 night trip as our end to end travel is already booked 🙁 Am completely new to Marriott, we had initially planned to stay at Radisson Blu actually (Club Carlson), and points were already in place there for a 4 night Business Room redemption (lounge access, breakfast etc), but unfortunately when I went to book yesterday the ‘Business’ redemption had dropped off the list! It was only then that I looked at Marriott, but with the gift of hindsight I would have definitely have went for that in the first place and the 5 nights for 4.
          Never heard of a “Marriott Flight and Hotel Package” btw, will definitely have to check that out!

          @ Genghis – That’s a very useful piece of information indeed, I actually use Hotels.com a lot!

  13. But remember that the room upgrade is not guaranteed, although we did get upgraded and major recognition.

    • fivebobbill says:

      To be honest “mark2” the room upgrade isn’t really a worry, the reward room is a “superior” and over 45m² so will be plenty big enough for me, was more concerned with the wifi and Lounge access.
      Thanks again, always learning at this game!

  14. With the MRP you have to keep in the back of your mind that SPG points can take longer to accumulate. I missed a reward seat because I’d put our MR towards a MRP package and didn’t have enough to trigger the voucher until after one of the award seats had gone. What’s really irritating is the airline is a 1.1 amex transfer partner and I’d probably bagged those seats if I’d transferred directly to the airline.

  15. “Sales” they call it, nothing any better for dates I’ve already got booked between now and March, and I’ve plenty booked