InterContinental San Diego hotel opens this week

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If you’re planning a trip to California in the near future, you might want to take a look at the brand new InterContinental San Diego which opened this week. Details are here.

A new 400 room hotel overlooking the bayfront, it is described as “the first luxury product in the market”. The hotel includes a rooftop pool, sundeck and pool bar.

InterContinental San Diego now open

Cash rates are around $250 plus tax. Alternatively, it is a 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points redemption. Given my usual minimum target of 0.4p per IHG point, this is OK.

If you are there over a weekend, remember that IHG’s Ambassador scheme comes with a ‘buy one night get one free’ weekend stay voucher. You can buy Ambassador here.

The InterContinental San Diego website is here.

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  1. Unless you value a Hilton point at 0.5p you would still be better off with aqua I think?

    • Aqua: +0.5 – 0 = 0.5p
      Curve backed by HH: 2 HH – 0 = 2HH
      So need to value HH greater than 0.25p?

      • Yes you’re right

      • Unless you’re paying your Hilton bill at the weekend! Then you get a surcharge on Curve, so Aqua is probably best.

      • Thanks all! Complicating matters further I won’t be there at checkout and my partner has never used Curve before (changing base card in app etc) so think it’s easiest to stick with Aqua.

  2. barnaby100 says:

    OT. I have an amex £100 off a £500 spend in the USA. Does that work on pre-paid bookings?

  3. I think they have up to 8 weeks to respond. Chase them again and after 8 weeks submit an online claim with small claim court (very easy to do) – that will make them interested.

  4. O/T: Amex Gold referral points. Any idea how long they take to credit? T&C says 10 weeks! Hoping it’s not this long in reality. Thanks in advance

  5. OT With the new Curve weekend surcharge, which timezone is it using? UK, wherever you’re making the payment or somewhere else?

    • Good question!

    • Not properly defined in terms
      “In case of withdrawals or purchases over the weekend with an underlying card of a different currency of the spend, as the Forex markets are closed, we take the rate of Friday at 23:59 and apply a surcharge. If both the currency of your spend and the currency of the underlying card are GBP, USD or EUR, the rate will be increased by 0.5%. In any other case, that is If either the currency of your spend or the currency of the underlying card is any our other supported currencies, the rate will be increased by up to 1.5% (before 19th of November this rate increase will be up to 1%).”

    • And when does the weekend end? 00:01 on Monday in whatever timezone? 08:00 in London?

      I think this is important (and irritating) – I’m not going to want to pay 1.5% uplift ever. Tandem/Horizon for the weekends, just need to know when the weekends are

  6. Do you need to clear your account before upgrading from Gold Amex to Platinum
    I did not think your account changes,just upgraded and my points from Gold are gone
    Do you need to contact Amex to rescue them?

  7. Hi Rob
    Does your account need to be clear when upgrading from Gold to Platinum Amex?
    I have not yet received the confirmation for upgrade but my 6000 Gold card gone and in my app I can see the Platinum card already

  8. OT – does the Lloyds upgrade voucher need to be booked on BA metal like the BA Amex 2-4-1 vouchers?

  9. For those that wondered; i emailed Avis asking them to apply the priority pass benefit to my existing account. Had an email from Avis; they upgraded my existing status using the priority pass code. Checked my account and my phone now shows as preferred plus 🙂

  10. OT:
    Planning weekend break to Geneva next month. Any recommendations on hotels and any deals out there (how I wish for those free nights of last year).

  11. Johnny Holmes says:

    Has anyone made it into the No 1 lounge without buy a £5 admissions ticket? Every time I don’t buy one I can’t get in and every time I do pay for it, they don’t ask for it and the lounge isn’t crowded – even though it’s the same flight I’ve been catching!

    • It also gets you fast track security, which has proved to be worth the £5 in the past…though as you say it it’s quiet maybe not… I’ve got into North without reserving and South I’ve often been stuck with the grain store if no reservation (think I got that the right way round!)

    • swhostring says:

      It seems you yourself got in without buying the £5 reservation, so not sure why you are asking the question?

      • Johnny Holmes says:

        No, please re-read what I wrote. When I don’t buy it I CAN’T get in as they say it’s overcrowded or they are expecting more people. When I do buy one they don’t ask for it and the lounge isn’t crowded.

        They used to have an offer where you got a glass of champers for £7.50 along with the fast track. That I didn’t mind as inevitably normal security wasn’t too busy.

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