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News in brief:

Rumour of massive IHG bonus next week

If you are an IHG Rewards member, you will have had a cryptic email about a big Cyber Monday promotion.

The landing page is here but doesn’t say much. It does talk about a ‘biggest member event’ (cue laughter from our teenage male readers).

A couple of online forum comments are suggesting that IHG Rewards will be offering 5x bonus points for bookings on Monday and Tuesday. There is no link to the source of this, although it may be from a private IHG online community.

Based on our 0.4p valuation per IHG point and the earning rate of 10 points per $1 at most brands (13.4 per £1), 5x base points would mean that you’d be earning 27p of points per £1 of pre-tax spending. Status bonuses and promo bonuses would increase that further.

For clarity, this is purely a rumour at this point but you may want to hold off making any IHG bookings until Monday just in case.

Keep checking this page for more information.

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Hilton to lose three UK hotels at the end of the year

Three Hilton-branded properties in the UK have announced that they are leaving the brand at the end of 2021.

The most significant is Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, which is an iconic property in the city.

The second is one which I’d never actually heard of, although it looks like it could be attractive with some investment. Hilton Avisford Park in Arundel (89 acres of land including a golf course) is leaving the group on the same day, 31st December.

Finally, Hilton Maidstone in Kent will depart.

There is no word yet as to whether these hotels will operate independently or will be joining another group.

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Comments (53)

  • Ft says:

    Don’t think the priority pass link works?

  • Ross says:

    I used to live 5 minutes from the Hilton in Maidstone, it felt a bit run down as of late anyway, the reception area is nice and the pool was always busy, but the rooms were tired. The area nearby was redeveloped with an M&S and Next, but it’s still a bit out of the way. The Mercure Great Danes and the Marriott Tudor Park are both nicer hotels, albeit even further out of town. Hotel selections in the town centre are quite limited, a rather garish Travelodge (locally nicknamed the toilet rolls) sits by the river, a slightly nicer Premier Inn just up the road. Not that I imagine anybody actually wants to visit Maidstone for pleasure these days, the town (which has a massive prison slap bang in the middle) has deteriorated like many.
    I see the Hilton’s closed from Christmas Eve until the new year anyway, would be interested to see what it reopens as.

    • mark2 says:

      if the Marriott Tudor Park is better it must be bad.
      We stayed there for a few days recently and although the rooms were reasonable the food was appalling, to the extent that they knocked it off the bill.
      Hampton Canterbury was much better and cheaper!

  • ChrisC says:

    Are IHG really going to have a week long sale that starts tomorrow (my email says it lasts from 26th Nov to 3rd December) that has a different offer within it?

    That’s just going to cause a load of confusion isn’t it?

    • Andrew says:

      But we know what IHG sales are like – 30% off an inflated rate.

    • FLYGVA says:

      My information in regard to IHG are, that is will be just a 25% off sale till summer next year. But it might be one Black Friday and one for Cyber Monday. The dates are the same as mentioned by ChrisC for the sale.

      I heard to other rumors as well, so they are not completely out of the blue …

  • Nick says:

    In the current hospitality industry crisis, if IHG base any new bonus points offer(s) on the basis of their last one’s, which don’t kick in until a 2nd stay, then, IMHO, they really have lost the plot!

    • TimP says:

      Even pre-pandemic the Maidstone Hilton was poor and represented the worst of the Hilton (itself, and within the wider group) brand being very tired and not offering much of a quality experience.

  • The Streets says:

    Shame to see Arundel go. Good getaway countryside location with an outside pool

  • Ryan says:

    Glasgow Grosvenor following the path of Edinburgh Grosvenor which left Hilton not so long ago.

    Both hotels felt tired in my opinion so unsurprising.

    • John says:

      Was there any connection between them?

      As far as I can tell they were only named Grosvenor because they both happen to be on a road named Grosvenor

  • Simon says:

    The Arundel on is nice in parts (the outdoor pool is pleasant) but mainly tired and room do not meet general Hilton standards. Main issue is the duel carriageway being built across the golf course on the property and very close to some of the rooms.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    We stayed at the Arundel one this summer. Was ok. Usual Hilton faculties. Kids enjoyed the indoor and outdoor pools. Never got around to walking the grounds. We were upgraded to a suite so the kids had their beds in the lounge area.

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