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I am typing this on Sunday afternoon – it’s not clear how long this deal will last.

EDIT: It died around 8pm on Sunday

Most IHG hotels globally, for all dates (albeit not the very short term), are currently bookable for roughly half – or less – the usual number of points.

The pricing appears to be:

  • Kimpton – 45,000 points
  • Regent / InterContinental – 35,000 points to 45,000 points
  • Hotel Indigo – 30,000 points
  • Crowne Plaza – 25,000 points
  • Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express – 20,000 points

I just booked Kimpton Paris and the new Kimpton Mallorca for 45,000 points and InterContinental London for 40,000 points.

The Kimpton Paris, for the date I wanted, was over 100,000 points per night when I looked a week or so ago, with a €660 cash rate.

It isn’t clear if not all hotels are taking part or only certain dates are included. I can’t get the InterContinental Amstel for when I need to be in Amsterdam, for example, but I know others have booked it.

You can even lock in the Maldives etc at hugely discounted rates.

This could be a mistake but it could be an unprecedented flash sale which is due to be announced tomorrow. Mr & Mrs Smith hotels are not included, which leads me to believe that this is a deliberate sale of some sort. Regardless, it is worth making some speculative bookings – remember that all reward nights can be cancelled.

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People who have done it say that they are posting immediately. I am not guaranteeing this to you but it is working for others.

With the bonus you’re paying around 0.4p per point so, for example, my Kimpton Paris stay – which is €660 for cash – would need £180-worth of purchased points.

The ‘buy points’ page is here if you choose to risk it.

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Comments (241)

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  • SGJNI says:


    I also regularly review/revive existing bookings but I think yesterday’s events feel somewhat different given the scale of what likely went on.


    I think that is probably the right approach in case there is some pushback but how long do you wait? There have been several reports here about the seemingly arbitrary cancellation of bookings when it suits the hotels.

    • NorthernLass says:

      A couple of weeks at the most, I think by then it’ll be even less likely that anything will change. Short of issuing a blanket cancellation on any award bookings yesterday I would think it would cause IHG a logistical headache, plus the deluge of complaints as Rob pointed out.
      I didn’t know that the hotels don’t know how many points you paid, I thought they would be able to see your booking as it appears in your account.

      • meta says:

        I am also waiting a couple of weeks before contacting IHG to return points they took twice erroneously.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    So I had a booking for Indigo for 30k points. Discovered it was now down to 17k so cancelled and reboooked. Also cancelled another one but that’s gone from 23k to 49k. Will try and see if they’ll reinstate my original booking.

  • PG says:

    Can anyone advise those that purchased points but couldn’t book in time and now stuck with a load of purchased points? Fully understood the risks when purchasing.. just wanted to know what options we have.

    Is it possible to request a refund? If not, what’s the best use of the points? Just use the points and take the hit? Wait for reward night promo?

    • Mouse says:

      There should be a 14 day cooling off period. Write to customer services I guess

      • marcw says:

        It’s written in big when buying points: NON-REFUNDABLE

      • PG says:

        Says this in the terms..
        No cancellations or refunds are permitted.

        I didn’t think US companies offered cooling off periods.. thought that was UK consumer law

    • Rob says:

      Should be a cooling off period?

      • MKB says:

        If a cooling-off period is not specified in the terms of purchase, it’s not clear if there is one.

        The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 are here:

        Regulation 6 (2) (b) denies the right to cancel (which is in Regulation 10) to “contracts for the provision of accommodation, transport, catering or leisure services, where the supplier undertakes, when the contract is concluded, to provide these services on a specific date or within a specific period.”

        Are hotel points considered travel services that have to be used within a specific period? I’m not sure. Alternatively, points, being like cash, might be viewed as “relating to financial services”. These are excluded by Regulation 5 (1) (c).

        I suspect there’ll be a battle to get a refund. Hopefully, there’ll be future sales.

        IHG did promise periodic offers like this to status members when the scheme was relaunched, and this one was badged “special offer” on the hotels where it showed up. Was this one visible to everyone? I saw them as as Diamond, and filled my boots, so very grateful to the HfP tweet alerting me.

        • PG says:

          Thanks for the suggestion about the sales.

          I don’t think consumer protection applies to overseas purchases anyway (this was paid in USD)

        • PG says:

          This “offer” was visible when I was logged out so not status specific

        • Jeff says:

          It is confusing but it isn’t a travel service. It is a voucher that can – amongst many things – be exchanged for travel. If it was just travel it’s a bit greyer.

          Remember they can also be used in the store for other items in the catalogue.

  • BJ says:

    Unfortunately I messed up with one of my reservations yesterday. Anybody know if it is possible to remove the last night of a multi-night stay, leaving the reservation intact for the previous nights? Thanks.

    • Eoc says:

      In my experience they cancel the whole thing and make you set a new reservation. YMMV of course. That was 6 months ago

      • BJ says:

        Thanks, I suspected as much. I best just keep it as an expensive late check-out then instead of repricing the rest 🙂

        • MKB says:

          I would let the hotel know at check-in that you will be doing an early check-out and ask for the final night to be refunded. Their system may be set to do that automatically when they change the departure date, as you would expect to happen for a flexible cash rate where there was no minimum-stay requirement.

          But it’s IHG, so expect the worst.

    • Rob says:

      It can go either way – best to ask the agent what will happen. You should be OK but you never know.

      • meta says:

        Maybe wait a few weeks if the stay is not imminent.

      • BJ says:

        Thanks @Rob, @meta, I’ll leave it a while and then call and see. I don’t want it to cancel the whole trip because even with the redundant night it remains a significantly better deal than I can get now. Should have booked Easter weekend like I first planned.

    • ChrisC says:

      You cannot amend a points booking like you can with a cash rate.

      You need to cancel and rebook.

      Even with a cash booking it will be repriced based on current rates.

  • Janeyferr says:

    I had a night booked at the Bloomsbury HI as I’ll be in town for my birthday. Yesterday morning I noticed with my periodical checks that it had gone from 24k (already a good rate) to 20k, so rebooked and reckoned I may as well have an extra night at that price.

    Then I had a further nosey and got the IC Park Lane for two nights. A very fancy birthday weekend.

  • Michael says:

    I think there’s still something weird going on. I looked today for a weekend in October I need in London and there were no points redemptions in any hotel within 50km of London at all!

    Maybe it is an IT issue on both counts?

  • RJ says:

    For anyone asking about a refund on the points they bought, the T&C clearly state:

    Purchased Points are not refundable and are applicable to all IHG One Rewards awards.

    • ianM says:

      You won’t lose any money buying points at that price, why bother trying for a refund?

      • PG says:

        That is true, the 100% bonus offer does represent good value however I don’t have any immediate use for the points and I’d rather have cash over points due to devaluation or some other risk

        • Jeff says:

          To be clear, in the UK it doesn’t matter what an organisation’s T’s and C’s state if they are unenforceable under UK consumer law. If a cooling off period applies to this type of transaction then it applies irrespective of the clause.

  • Flying boy says:

    wow, Thanks for alerting us to this Rob.
    Cancelled all my existing bookings. Got 2 nights at IC London park lande for 30k and 1 for 40k and loads of nights that i need between connecting flights at HIEX LHR T4 for 13K.

    Was this some sort of system error? If so do you think IHG will acknowledge these reservations and not cancel them?

    Was it a flash sale? If so what game are they playing by not even notifying elites?

    • Rob says:

      The hotels get paid the same regardless and IHG won’t risk the bad publicity. If the rooms were 1k per night then, yes, they might do it. 40k for IC is what they cost not so long ago ….

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