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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.

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.

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.

IHG One Rewards update – December 2022:

Get bonus points: You will earn bonus IHG One Rewards points on stays between 13th October 2022 and 31st December 2022. You can choose between 2,000 points for every two nights or 10,000 points for every four nights (not cumulative). Read this article for full details. You can register here.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

You will receive a 100% bonus if you buy IHG One Rewards points by 29th December 2022.

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

Comments (87)

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  • imbruce says:

    Does Priority Pass and hotel benefits come with the Amex Platinum Supplementary card?

  • Stevie G says:

    OT. Remember recently there was a spate of refusals for Amex cards. I was one of those who got turned down for an SPG card despite having a 999 rating. It turns out there was a glitch in the acceptance system for a ‘number of days’. They are working through a backlog and they reprocessed my application and sure enough was accepted first time.

    • Cate says:

      That IS good news. Thanks Stevie G.

    • johnny_c-l says:

      I think they’re still having some system issues. I upgraded to Plat last week and found three cards & priority passes delivered to my home yesterday, two in the name of old canceled supplementary cardholders.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Did you need to ask them to reprocess/reconsider, or did they just do it? My wife was rejected for first time ever and I’d quite like her to have the Platinum card right now.

      • johnny_c-l says:

        Can’t speak on behalf of others, but I rang and the agent escalated to a manager for review. Card arrived a few days later with large(ish) credit limit.

      • Stevie G says:

        I wrote a letter to Amex about the non acceptance as my credit report showed zero issue. As I had not had a response I called the Platinum number and this is what they told me. They were going through a backlog of acceptance issues. Whilst we talked and without requesting it they run my application through the (fixed) system and said I was now accepted. Card would be with me in 5 days max.

  • Rob says:

    Yes, covered it

  • Ammar says:

    Have i missed a recent Virgin 20% Bonus Conversion with Clubcard vouchers?

  • Andrew_A says:

    IHG related.
    I have 2 nights (Thurs / Fri ) booked in the IC Hong Kong next June using points. Can anyone who has stayed here advise on the type of room, views etc that I can expect? My AMB status will have expired by then and I am not sure if i am going to renew it before I go so no upgrade. Also, as the breakfast appears to be around £30-£35 per head, I am thinking I may be better trying to re-book through Bon Vivant if free breakfast, late check out is available.

    • Rob says:

      They do not change your view, so your street side view will remain street side. If you want harbour view then you need to pay for it.

      Given the crazy construction around the hotel on both sides – not sure what state that will be in by June – and the fact that the hotel is about to close for 18 months and is presumably running down with minimal day to day capex, I would keep a close eye on reviews and be prepared to move if necessary.

  • the real harry1 says:

    Missing Vinoseleccion orders: I gave them a ring as my wife got her order last week but nothing so far for me

    they looked it up and in their system they had the order but had not sent the order nor was it waiting to be sent (even though they have some stock there now)!

    so Anna will get it to me by Monday/ Tuesday with the 240 Avios – but they weren’t going to action anything without my prompt

    I can only think that when they ran out of stock, they put the orders on hold – but when the stock came back in, some orders fell through the gaps

    if you haven’t received your order yet, you might want to give them a ring

    • mark2 says:

      Mine suddenly turned up yesterday with just a text from the courier.
      Not too impressed with the wine, but no pretensions of expertise.

  • the real harry1 says:

    GBP-USD up another cent guys – $1.35 –

    it’s happening 🙂

    international travellers please take note

    • the real harry1 says:

      $1.39 by Xmas, $1.45 not too long after that

      or I’m a Dutchman

      should go up vs EUR as well, so there might be an opp where they priced one of the various buy Avios promotions in old currency – then we get a 5% blip and you can get them more cheaply

  • Cate says:

    Just for info, canx my platinum card and was offered three points for every pound I put through the card for keeping it alive. Said no thanks at the time but now wondering if I’ve shot myself in the foot.

    • the real harry1 says:

      depends how much you put thru

      getting the welcome bonus on another card can be much better

      • Cate says:

        I could put the money through and beat the 30,000 welcome bonus. I was expecting him to talk about the 5k bonus so got off track when he mentioned it. Groan…I always miss something.

        • the real harry1 says:

          these Amex CS guys are pleasant & flexible – you could always ring back & say you would like the offer after all – might work

          OTOH if you are anything like my wife (who just got a brand new shiny Audi co car today!) you won’t like that agony of having to choose again after all 🙂

          just make it easy and take out 2/ 2+ new cards over the next 3 months for the same spend

          then it’s pretty obvious

    • Cate says:

      Thank you Harry and congrats to Mrs Harry on the new wheels 🙂

      • the real harry1 says:

        thanks! can’t wait to give it a go

        O/T I did a confidential research online study thingy with SomeResearch etc today to earn 250 Welcome Avios & it was all about the cards/ apps like Curve that combine all your other cards into 1 app or physical card

        sounds like there are many of them coming up – I think 16 were mentioned – most were mainstream names – Curve did not figure

        • the real harry1 says:

          eg Masterpass

          Sign up once.
          Bypass checkout forms forever.*
          1.)Confirm your identity, choose a password, and set up a security question only you know.
          2.)Tell us where you’d like your purchases sent.
          3.)Add your credit, debit, reloadable prepaid, and store cards along with your loyalty information.
          *Wherever Masterpass is accepted.

          sounds like they’re all at it, not sure BUD will have a unique or winning angle

    • the_real_a says:

      THREE points… bloody hell i need to up my game with retentions!

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