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News in brief:

Coming Monday: An exclusive competition with IHG

We have teamed up with IHG to offer our readers the chance to win 100,000 IHG Rewards Club points.

On Monday we will launch an exclusive competition to promote IHG’s current Manchester offer (see below).

So make sure to check back on Monday, even if you are on holiday!

20% off Manchester stays at IHG hotels

The reason for IHG’s generosity is to promote their newly launched Manchester sale.

For bookings made by 7th September, for stays until the year end, IHG Reward Club members can book weekend stays at Manchester hotels at 20% off the standard rates.

The offer is valid at the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza hotels in Manchester.

(A brand new combined Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza is due to open near Oxford Road on 9th September and is well worth considering – rates should be low for the first few months and obviously everything inside will be clean and fresh.  Whilst not bookable under this offer, you can also look forward to Manchester’s first Hotel Indigo near Victoria Station next April.)

Stays must be completed by 30th December 2018.  Full details can be found on this special Manchester sale page of the IHG website.

If you are travelling to Manchester by train, you can also get 20% off your ticket. As Virgin Trains is offering 20% off advance off-peak fares to and from Manchester Piccadilly.

BA Gold Guest List lounge guesting

British Airways is again opening the floodgates for lounge guesting.  If you are a Gold Guest List member – standard Gold members need not apply – you can bring up to FIVE guests with you into BA lounges from tomorrow until 2nd September.

There are some caveats.  The lounge must be BA operated and you must be on a British Airways flight, not a oneworld or other partner airline.

British Airways will also block the use of this policy at Galleries First during peak periods, insisting that the full party use Galleries Club instead.

(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. The Original Nick says:

    Has anyone any idea from previous years experience when the next IHG accelerate promotion will be announced?

    • Genghis says:

      It looks like I registered on 15 Aug last year for the promo starting 1 Sep until end of the year.

      • The Original Nick says:

        Thanks Genghis

      • Claire says:

        Same question – I thought last year’s summer period also included August though, so that the new one started 1st Sep when the previous finished? I could be wrong. I’ve got a load of bookings in Aug so hoping they’ll email soon and start it 1st Aug!

  2. Roger says:

    Any news on IHG Q3 Accelerate promotion, Rob.
    Also interested to see any poinysbreak previews for 3rd quarter.

  3. OT – May be of interest to some re the standard Amex rules of two credit cards/ two charge cards per person, however, I recently applied for the Gold card for Mrs Cboy forgetting it is now a credit card, she holds BA PP and Nectar, and it was approved.

    • I think this rule no longer exists. I’ve currently got 3 credit cards with AMEX and I’ve read several comments on this in the past too saying that theyve been approved

  4. Ammar says:

    Ot – delayed on the train arriving into York by 57 mins from Newcastle so will claim delay repay. But missed my connection from York to London on grand central which was running on time….so wondering can I claim any compensation from lner for that even if on separate ticket, if not then what about Amex travel inconvenience protection, or is that just for flight delays only and not trains ?
    Any help appreciated

  5. Vasco says:

    OT: Are you still interested in guest reviews of lounges at UK airports? I can write up one on both the BA lounge and the Aspire lunge at BHD.

    • We’ve got BA but we don’t have Aspire. Happy to take that if you can do a few picks and write a few paragraphs. We can polish it up. A reward will be forthcoming!

      • Vasco says:

        Great, that’s just as well as my coming trip is on Flybe, so I won’t be able to use the BA lounge this time. I can also do the AC Hotel (opened this year, first new build AC Hotel in the UK IIRC) if you’d like. 🙂 Regardless, expect to hear back re: the lounge sometime next week.

        • the real harry1 says:

          Incidentally: how do you manage to transfer points to contributors, Raffles?

      • the real harry1 says:

        As my cousin Boris said: you can polish a turd but it’s still a turd 🙂

      • Can I have a reward for giving the link to the new Lloyds T&Cs in the comments a few weeks ago? ????

  6. Brasov says:

    OT How can we cancel Irish Indie sub? They only have a premium rate number that doesn’t work over here

    • the real harry1 says:

      cancel DD

      • Brasov says:

        It’s a credit card though

        • the real harry1 says:

          yep that’s why I always refuse to go for subs with credit cards – devil of a job to cancel with disreputable suppliers

          However – not the case here so you need to get on the blower or email

        • Jimbob says:

          Get a replacement credit card, if needs must. They’ll usually send a replacement in a couple of days, if you’ve “lost” the original card

        • Mark2 says:

          I got a replacement from Lloyds last week (had really destroyed it). It was identical to the old one.

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