IHG’s 5-Day Flash Sale – save 30% this week on bookings for stays in UK and Europe

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IHG Rewards Club is running a short flash sale for the UK and Europe this week.  This covers InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites etc.

You can get up to 30% off at more than 600 hotels in over 100 cities throughout Europe.  We’ve included a few examples that we’ve reviewed recently below.

The rules are simple:

Book by Friday 22nd March

Stay between 5th April 2019 and 31st January 2020

You can only book via this link

Booking must be made at least 3 days in advance

Only UK and European hotels are participating

IHG Flash Sale

The discount is usually 30% off Best Available Rate.  IHG Rewards Club members receive an additional 3%-7% off.

However, as these sale rates are non-cancellable and non-refundable, you should really be comparing them to the existing Advanced Purchase rates.

Your saving might not be as high as 30% but prices are definitely lower than the usual Advanced Purchase ratesThere are genuine discounts on offer until Friday.

IHG flash sale

Remember that, until 30th April, your stays will also count towards IHG’s ‘Rewards Nights. Faster.’ promotion.

Everyone has personalised targets which, in general, are easier or more generous than we have seen for a while.  This is our article on the offerRegistration is now closed, however.

Rob got the following targets:

  • 10,000 bonus points for staying five nights
  • 19,200 bonus points for staying at three different IHG brands
  • 5,600 bonus points for 2 x 2-night weekend stays (Saturday plus another night)
  • 8,000 bonus points for four stays booked on a corporate rate
  • 3,000 bonus points for one stay in February
  • 42,800 bonus points for completing four of the five targets above

Take a look at what you’ve been offered.  Assuming you registered before the deadline last week, you can check your targets here.

IHG Flash Sale

A few Flash Sale pricing examples:

A Classic Room at the InterContinental Paris – Le Grand (pictured two images above, which Rob reviewed here) costs £231 per night (the Advanced Saver Rate is £349 per night)

A Superior Room at the fairly new InterContinental Ljubljana (which I reviewed here) costs £115 per night (the Advanced Saver Rate is £139 per night)

A One Bed, Two Bed or Standard Room at the BRAND NEW Holiday Inn London Heathrow Bath Road (review is here) costs £68 per night (the Advanced Saver Rate is £87 per night)

An Ocean View Deluxe King Room at the InterContinental Cascais-Estoril (review is here) costs £155 per night (the Advanced Saver Rate is £199 per night)

A Standard Room or a Studio Suite at the brand new Staybridge Suites in Manchester (which Rhys reviewed here) costs £97 per night (the Advanced Saver Rate is £122 per night)

Prices quoted above are IHG Rewards Club member prices per night for a random day in mid April 2019.  As a non member you will pay more, but it is free to sign up.

If you have existing flexible IHG bookings for the Summer which can be changed, you may want to check the pricing.  You may feel happier turning an existing refundable rate into a non-refundable booking as the date gets nearer.

The IHG flash sale booking site is here. You have until Friday to book these sale rates.

(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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Comments

  1. There was a discrepancy between the price quoted on the website (via the link) and the price quoted on the app. I notified IHG via Twitter and they were very quick to respond. The screenshots helped and they confirmed that I had the best price for my booking via the website in April. Pam – who responded to my query was very quick to reply, reassure me about price and thank me for reporting the matter which she referred to the IHG ICT people ….. well done IHG for your responsive …. sadly no bonus points for my report. Ah well perhaps they’re waiting to give an upgrade for my booking in July for my sister’s 50th ???????

  2. My email headline says it’s a HIX sale (though small print says other brands too)

  3. What do you value an IHG point at. I need to stay at a holiday inn and price is £68 or 10,000 points per night.

  4. Hilton Spring Sale has also started. Valid for weekend bookings in Europe, Africa and the Middle East properties. Book by 25 March, stay between 22 March and 8 September.

  5. Michael says:

    OT – Been targeted to upgrade my gold to plat and spend £1k for 20k MR – how often does this happen, is it targeted?

    • Nominally targeted but link is publicly available. Only works for Gold Charge cardholders, not newer Gold Credit.

      • Michael says:

        Thanks – tempted to give it a go, net the 20k within a month and cancel. I can’t justify the £450 fee as I won’t be travelling much for a while after May.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          If you’re lucky you won’t get charged £450 until your next gold anniversary

        • Darren says:

          Ref point.
          I didn’t get charged for the Platinum at all until anniversary.

  6. “Book by Friday 22nd March

    Stay between 5th April 2019 and 31st January 2020

    Booking must be made at least 3 days in advance”

    If the first two lines are true – how is it possible to not make the booking at least 3 days in advance…?

  7. OT, but IHG related…
    I have a free night voucher expiring in May. I was hoping to use it in IC Amstel Amsterdam, but I see it is completely blocked for voucher redemptions.
    I have no need to go anywhere, but don’t want to waste it, so was just going to use it in a nice place that is easy to get to from London. Ideally Intercontinental, as have a Spire Ambassador status.
    Other places I considered were Dublin and Paris. Not sure on the latter though, with the yellow vest protests.
    Anyone has any other recommendations in Europe?

    • We stayed in Amstel last year and using the free night voucher was impossible so we used our Ambassador buy 1 get 1 free voucher instead. It wasn’t the cheapest weekend, but I believe spending the Amb voucher for this hotel is a great value.

      In January we went to Paris Le Grand using the free night voucher and points and I didn’t have any problem to book the dates we wanted.

      We are going to try Intercontinental Budapest and Porto this year. Both seem to be a good use of vouchers as well.

      So far, the Amstel was the best experience.

    • Remember you can also book into the future with IHG free night voucher (assuming it’s the CC one at least) – it just becomes non-refundable after you pass the expiry date.

      • Thanks everyone.
        Didn’t realize I could book it into future. In that case I might use it for weekend in summer, together with voucher for 2 nights stay at Met Leeds 🙂

    • No it’s not. This is a weird IT quirk that I also found last week. Do another search and it will come up OK. Try searching Hague with a broad radius, or Schiphol Airport. It WILL work though.

      • What’s the trick again to get annual voucher before cancelling the IHG card. I’m sure there was a page on this. I dont really want to renew but I want my free nite voucher !!1

    • Simonbr says:

      The IC in Bordeaux looks pretty special, it’s on my bucket list!

      OT – Does anyone know if IHG hotels eg indigo usually give status recognition (other than points) when using only points to book?

  8. Do you still earn IHG points and get any status benefits (such that they are with IHG) if you book their flash sale prices?

  9. Michael says:

    OT: Struggling to work out how to refer someone for the Free BA card from my gold charge card? When i go to refer it trys to only let me refer from my gold to a gold, or my SPG to an SPG.

    • When you follow the link you’ll see an image of the card with two buttons underneath the bold text. Next to the blue ‘apply now’ button there is a button ‘view our other cards’ – click that and the page scrolls down to the other cards. Click the one you want and away you go.

    • Peter 64K says:

      When you refer it will only say gold from gold, spg from spg etc BUT when the person uses your link they will get the option to choose other cards and you still get the referral bonus.

  10. Kevin C says:

    I also got an email offering my a 100 per cent bonus on IHG points if I bought 7000 or more before 22nd March. So is that targeted?

  11. Michael says:

    OT: When you’ve used up your 2 free lounge passes to amex just bill your gold card for anything after that?

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