IHG, the parent company for Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, voco, Hotel Indigo etc, has just launched a new sale.
The rules are simple:
- you receive a 30% discount on Best Flexible Rate With Breakfast
- you must stay a minimum of three nights
- you must book by 11th May
- you must stay between 17th May and 5th September
- sale only covers hotels in the UK and Europe
You can find out more on the IHG website here.
Unfortunately sale bookings are not fully flexible. You need to pay a deposit for the first night of your stay at the time of booking and this is not refundable.
This seems like an unfair one-way bet in favour of IHG, to be honest. If a hotel is forced to close after you have booked, it will refund you but your trip is ruined. If you cannot travel due to Government restrictions but the hotel is open, IHG is keeping your money.
Bookings can be amended but this will be “in line with the individual hotel’s policy which may vary by hotel.”
If this was all the sale had to offer, I would not be over-excited. You are not even receiving a full 30% saving, because the discount is calculated off Best Flexible Rate which would be fully refundable. The saving should really be compared to a non-refundable rate.
If you have the IHG credit card, it gets a lot more interesting
If you have one of the two UK IHG credit cards, the sale becomes a lot more interesting.
Credit card holders will receive an additional 10,000 bonus IHG Rewards points when they make any booking in the sale.
I would value 10,000 IHG Rewards points at £40, which makes a noticeable difference on a stay at a cheaper brand such as Holiday Inn Express.
What is NOT clear is whether the 10,000 points count towards elite status or not. I am guessing that they do not, because they will be awarded by IHG and not by Creation, the credit card company.
Here is the small print:
“Cardholders of the IHG Rewards Club UK Credit Card or IHG Rewards Club Premium UK Credit Card from Creation Financial Services that use their IHG Rewards Credit Card to book their qualifying stay at participating IHG Hotel and Resorts in the Europe Spring 2021 Promotion will receive an additional 10,000 IHG Rewards Bonus Points. IHG Rewards Members with a Miles earning preference will earn Points.
Bookings must be made through IHG Brand websites, IHG App, CRO or directly at hotel. You must make your booking using your IHG Rewards Club Credit Card or an IHG Rewards Club Premium Credit Card during the Booking Dates for stays during the Stay Dates and in accordance with the terms of the Europe Spring 2021 Promotion, to qualify.
The 10,000 Bonus Points cardholders earn from this Promotion are separate from and in addition to the base points earned from credit card transactions. You must be an IHG Rewards member to collect Rewards points.
Allow up to 4 to 6 weeks for Promotional bonus points to be credited. For new IHG Rewards Club Credit Card accounts opened during the promotional period, please allow 4 to 6 weeks after the promotional period for Bonus Points to be credited. Bonus Points under this Promotion will be earned on the first qualifying stay during the Stay Dates and can only be earned once per card holder and will only be awarded to the IHG Rewards account registered to the main cardholder and cannot be earned by an additional card holder.”
New credit card applicants will also receive this offer
The wording above makes it clear that new applicants for the IHG credit card will receive this deal.
This means that, if you thinking of making a booking in the sale, you may want to think about getting the IHG Rewards credit card first. You need to use your IHG credit card to make the booking if you want the 10,000 bonus points.
The credit card is a pretty decent product in its own right – you would get a 10,000 point bonus for signing up (this is separate to the 10,000 points offered here), you earn 1 IHG Rewards point per £1 spend, the day-to-day spend points count towards elite status and the card is free.
Full details of the IHG sale can be found here.
IHG Rewards update – June 2021:
Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of ihg.com.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.
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.