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News in brief:

IHG Rewards Club brings back its daily Advent Calendar game

IHG Rewards Club is re-running its Advent Calendar daily quiz again this year featuring Iggy The Snowman.  There are new prizes to be won each day.

Last year it was a virtual Where’s Wally? game and I seem to remember there were problems with points posting.  I am not going to focus on it, unless it turns out to be ludicrously lucrative, but you can register over at the IHG Rewards Club website here.

Priority Pass

Priority Pass extends its Black Friday deal

If you’ve been thinking of getting a Priority Pass airport lounge card the company has extended its Black Friday discount until 1st December.

You will save 40% on Standard memberships, 25% on Standard Plus memberships, and 25% on Prestige memberships.  Full details are on the Priority Pass site here.

InterContinental Paris Le Grand ballroom

IHG launches its own luxury travel agents partnership

Emyr Thomas of Bon Vivant, who runs our luxury hotels booking service,  tells me that IHG has launched a new programme.

Luxury travel agents such as Bon Vivant will soon be able to book special deals at 87 InterContinental hotels, 24 Kimpton hotels and some Hotel Indigo properties.

We do not have the details yet, but I would imagine benefits may include free breakfast, a $100 or so hotel credit per stay and guaranteed late check-out.

You will need to pay Best Flexible Rate to get these benefits.  Stays should qualify for IHG Rewards Club points.

I will share more details on this when available.

Remember that Emyr can already get you special deals on some InterContinental properties.  At London Park Lane and Paris Le Grand, for instance, you get FREE access to the Club Lounge when you book via Emyr at Best Flexible Rate.  Paris bookings for a Classic Room get a guaranteed upgrade at the time of booking to a Superior Room, and all bookings get a ‘subject to availability’ upgrade.

(When Emyr booked a junior suite for me in Paris in August, the hotel actually sent me photos of some full suites and asked which one I wanted to be upgraded into!  The photo above is the very modest ballroom at Le Grand.)

Details of our booking service are here.

(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.)

Comments (88)

  • Kathy H says:

    Is it just me or can anyone else not get the IHG Advent Snow Globe advent to work – it won’t let me “catch the date”. Sad I know but I do like this sort of thing.

    • TripRep says:

      managed it on my mobile, but far easier on a laptop as is spotting which prize to choose.

    • ANDREW M says:

      It’s a bit of a faff but as jim mc suggests you have to click on the number as it passes over a hand….I managed it by hovering over a hand and waiting for the number to pass over…..

  • jim mc says:

    same thing, no matter what i do no chance of catching the date. i assume you click on the date as it passes over a hand ?

  • Shona says:

    Bad enough trying to catch it, but then I was told you have already submitted an answer but I hadn’t!! Tried to call the service centre. I should have known better, atrocious. All this after day 1 when the robot check didn’t work. This is not worth the effort.