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IHG news: Iberostar earning now live, redeem for Wilderness Festival glamping

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Two bits of IHG One Rewards news:

Elite benefits and earning now available at Iberostar resorts

Last November, IHG announced a 30-year deal with Spanish hotel group Iberostar to add 70 four- and five- star beach resorts to its portfolio. The group owns hotels in Mallorca, Tenerife, Mexico and the Dominican Republic amongst other places.

It’s a complex deal, but in simple terms:

  • Iberostar Beach Resorts becomes a new IHG brand
  • the hotels remain under the management of Iberostar
  • Iberostar’s city hotels and properties in Cuba are excluded from the deal and will not be marketed by IHG (although potentially the city hotels could be rebranded in time under other IHG brands)

It is very similar to the deal that Lindner Hotels of Germany recently agreed with Hyatt. More and more independent hotel groups are realising that they can benefit from reaching 100+ million members of the major hotel loyalty schemes, whilst not having to give up their existing branding. I wouldn’t be surprised to see other similar deals – Melia, in particular, feels ripe.

As of yesterday:

  • you will earn IHG One Rewards points when you stay at an Iberostar Beach Resort property, as long as you book via IHG (although most cannot be booked there at present) or Iberostar directly. You won’t get anything on a package holiday.
  • your IHG status benefits will be respected, including upgrades, late check-out, welcome amenity, free breakfast (albeit most resorts are all inclusive) and (if chosen as a Milestone Reward) lounge access

What you cannot do at the moment is:

  • book a reward night at an Iberostar Beach Resort
  • redeem a Food & Beverage milestone reward cash credit
  • use a Confirmable Suite Award milestone reward
  • see existing bookings, or modify them, at ihg.com

…. but these things will come.

You can learn more about Iberostar on its website here.

Full details about IHG One Rewards benefits at Iberostar Beachfront Resorts can be found on this special page of ihg.com.

IHG One Rewards benefits with Iberostar

Use IHG One Rewards points to attend the Wilderness Festival

IHG is sponsoring the ‘glamping’ part of the Wilderness Festival this year, which takes place at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire from 3rd to 6th August.

Details of the glamping packages are here. In what seems a missed opportunity, you don’t earn IHG One Rewards points on your booking!

A number of packages are now available for auction on the IHG Experiences website. Some of these sound fantastic. For example:

“For the ultimate in comfort, stay in style in a Luxury Suite, so you can rest your head whilst discovering all the eccentric hidden gems of Wilderness. It doesn’t stop there: you will experience an intimate and private acoustic set by main stage artist Flyte for an unforgettable and magical moment. You will also be invited to sample the delights of renowned chef Adam Handling who’ll be cooking at The Chef’s Table: Wilderness’ exquisite dining experience with lake views. In addition, the opportunity to craft the ultimate festival accessory from fresh-cut seasonal flowers accompanied by a ‘Raspberry Tipple’ cocktail. To round off the weekend, retreat to a private hot tub at the lakeside spa followed by indulgent massages.”

There are eight different packages up for auction. All include accommodation, with varying levels of tent and varying add-ons.

Auctions start at 50,000 IHG One Rewards points. Given the relatively short notice, these may go for relatively modest amounts and are worth keeping an eye on.

The IHG Experiences site is here.


IHG One Rewards update – July 2024:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is not currently running a global promotion.

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Comments (30)

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  • can2 says:

    I’d like to hear HfPers thoughts on Iberostar all inclusives. I’ve never been but it’s on my list perhaps for the next summer

    • aseftel says:

      Iberostar Grand Salome in Tenerife is well-regarded. El Mirador is too, but interestingly is not participating in IHG Rewards.

      Rob: Not sure how many other exclusions there are but perhaps you ought to make it clearer that not all beachfront resorts are participating.

      • can2 says:

        thank you.. yeah, I saw that they are not included in IHG rewards, which was a big incentive for me.

      • AJA says:

        The Grand El Mirador is fantastic. Well it was last time I was there in 2019 and I hope it still is as I am staying there again in September.

    • EvilGazebo says:

      Short answer is: variable.

      Been to the Fuerteventura Gaviotas Park multiple times as a family and always good – a solid 4*

      Expected the same from the Bellevue in Montenegro. Dreadful, left after one night. No idea how it gets rated so highly on TripAdvisor.

    • Andrew says:

      Iberostar Lanzarote Park AI was fabulous – high quality, great variety and wonderfully presented.

  • Phillip says:

    Any more news on the integration of Six Senses?

    • Chris says:

      due to the nature of this post I assume you’re talking IHG integration Phillip? In which case you may want to search for threads on Hyatt/Six Senses

      • Rhys says:

        What’s Hyatt got to do with it? You’re thinking of Mr & Mrs Smith which Hyatt just acquired. SS is part of IHG.

      • Phillip says:

        That’s right, the full integration of Six Senses into IHG rather than a small part of the portfolio!

  • CamFlyer says:

    Will the 4x (or .4x) ex-Creation base points offer work on Iberostar?

  • FrontSeatPhil says:

    I can’t imagine that any of Iberostar’s Cuba hotels will be rebranded to IHG brands at any point. It’s rather tricky for US companies to trade there…

    The Iberostar Parque Central in Havana is wonderful, incidentally. Even if you’re not staying there, its lounge is a delightful air-conditioned respite from the relentless activity and heat of the city.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      What’s USA got to do with IHG a U.K. listed PLC HQ’d in Denham ….

      • CamFlyer says:

        Many US based financial institutions, etc won’t do business with other businesses that have activities in jurisdictions subject to territorial sanctions by the US (eg, Cuba, North Korea, Crimea). It is also likely a breach of terms in any financing facilities obtained by IHG plc, even from UK

  • NorthernLass says:

    I can’t see any Iberostar availability for next summer. I may have missed something though I read the article twice!

    • Rob says:

      You mean the line about no rewards being bookable yet? 🙂

      • NorthernLass says:

        I assumed this meant that there was no points availability, I was looking at cash rates!

        • NorthernLass says:

          Lol, I do sometimes pay actual money. The cash rates on the hotel websites were as low as £150 pn for 5* AI, certainly beats Maldives!

        • Rob says:

          Cash rates need to be booked via the Iberostar site for now for most places, annoyingly.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    Glamping, Birmingham and EasyJet in one day what will the ABC1’s say 😎

    • Rob says:

      You clearly don’t know who Adam Handling is!

    • Richie says:

      They’re far too busy planning a Grantley Hall trip and deciding which car to turn up in.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Birmingham?

      That’s outside of London isn’t it?

      I heard a few “thuds” earlier which I assume was some of the more London centric posters having fainting fits!

      • GeoffreyB says:

        What’s a London centric poster?

        Someone who lives in London?

  • PJJ says:

    Does this or will this include city hotels or is it only resorts
    Notice an Iberostar near Grand Central Station in New York

    • Rob says:

      Resorts only. Iberostar is (at least for now) keeping control of its city hotels. I think IHG would insist on them rebranding to other IHG brands if they wanted to join – there seems to be a plan to have Iberostar as a purely all inclusive beach brand.

  • jannis says:

    will staying in Iberostar meet the criteria of iHG night?

    • Rob says:

      If you book direct (via Iberostar or IHG) then yes, should now be elite qualifying as long as that particular hotel is in the programme.

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