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Use IHG One Rewards hotel points for VIP packages to the Wilderness festival

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IHG has brought back its partnership with the Wilderness festival (now known as ‘Audi presents Wilderness’) which runs from 1st to 4th August at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire.

I won’t go into what Wilderness is all about, and even the organisers seem to struggle:

A four-day party like no other. Wilderness presented by Audi is a weekend of escapism, high jinks, and wholesome hedonism, all beautifully designed just for you. This is the place where you can be who you want to be. Step in, explore and indulge your wild side.

IHG Wilderness Festival packages

Bid for Wilderness packages with accommodation

IHG is auctioning festival passes for two people with a luxury en-suite cabin (double bed) for three nights.

Three packages are available for auction via the IHG Access site here. The minimum bid is 100,000 points. Note that each of the three packages has its own separate bidding page.

For anyone with a large IHG One Rewards balance, there is an OTT VIP package available. The minimum bid is 400,000 IHG One Rewards points and this is what you get:

Prepare to be serenaded with a private performance by a Wilderness artist, wined and dined by a world-renowned chef, recharge in a lakeside spa session and invited to call a luxury tipi lodge home. Bid now for a summer weekend like no other.

This August you and your guest will receive weekend passes to Wilderness presented by Audi, a four-day escape like no other. For the ultimate retreat, you will be staying in a luxury en-suite Tipi Lodge, so you can rest your head whilst discovering all the eccentric hidden gems that the festival has to offer. It doesn’t stop there: you will experience an intimate and private acoustic set by a Wilderness artist. You will be invited to sample in the delights of one of the most renowned Irish chef’s in the country, Richard Corrigan, as he makes his Long Table Banquets debut for an undoubtedly exquisite dining experience. Finally, you will be able to retreat into the idyllic calm of the Lakeside Spa where a 2-hour session in a private hot tub awaits, so you can recharge in this tranquil setting, adding to a truly unforgettable experience.

Buy a camping package outright

IHG is also offering camping packages for the entire festival for 50,000 IHG One Rewards for two people.

These are ‘buy it now’ packages, not auctions.

There is no obligation to camp (you would need to bring your own tent, so you may prefer to go home every night!) but the option is there.

These are excellent value if you are camping. A package for two people costs £556, so you are getting 1.1p per IHG One Rewards point. This is almost 3x our standard valuation of an IHG point.

You can bid or redeem for Wilderness packages on the IHG Access website here.


IHG One Rewards update – July 2024:

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

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

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Comments (28)

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  • PM says:

    Over £500 for camping? Shouldn’t it be reported to Trading Standards?

    • AndyGWP says:

      You’re getting camping and entry to the festival for 4 days aren’t you?

  • executiveclubber says:

    Just been on their site out of curiosity and they’re charging £705 + £15 “booking fee” to sleep in a “shed with a mattress”. The pics make it look as bad as it sounds. Who is paying for this?! 🤣

    • TGLoyalty says:

      That on top of the entry? What’s tickets to a concert cost these days?

      • Rob says:

        Quick look at The Killers at The O2 in July (which I’m going to with my daughter, for cash) are £100+ for standing and £200 for a decent seat.

        This is why the Avios packages offered by Qatar, which come with £400 to spend on F&B and are going for low levels of Avios, are such a steal. I know a couple of readers have gone multiple times and are just turning up for the F&B element with no interest in the concert.

        I was at a charity auction a few weeks ago and a pair of Taylor Swift tickets for London went for £4k.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Charity auctions are never real value though they’re are people being generous at best and d*ck waving contests at worst

          • Rob says:

            Of course.

            I have got some exceptional deals in the past though, when the item on offer was totally wrong for the audience.

      • executiveclubber says:

        Yes doesn’t even include entry!!

        • TGLoyalty says:

          So £1200 for 4 days inc accommodation for 2 people.

          £150 a night is hardly robbery considering it’s a festival

  • executiveclubber says:

    They’re selling a shed to sleep in for £700. Literally just a shed. It’s amazing what capitalism can do

    • Ken says:

      How much different is this to people paying an extra £1000 (or £2k per couple) to fly business to New York ?

      You are paying to sleep on a mattress rather than an air bed, and not having to hump a tent and accessories a mile across a field then have to argue with your partner putting it up.

      Wouldn’t be for me, but I could sleep on a rope.

      • mhughes says:

        yeah, if it doesn’t come with an amenity kit from the white company or something, some people here will be up in arms about something they know nothing about.

      • Harry T says:

        Cos flying to a destination is different to sleeping in a shed? What a strange comparison 😂

    • Rob H not Rob says:

      This. What a joke.

  • Markpeterborough says:

    It’s come a long way from me at Reading festival in 1989 with a three litre bottle of cider, the luxury of a mini camping stove and a pack of bacon from a nearby supermarket that looked like it was about to face the apocalypse. I do recall that My Bloody Valentine, The Wonder Stuff and The Misson were great that weekend, even if the toilets were not.

    • Swifty says:

      Way to go! Sneaking in with my mini metro vandenplasss to drop my friends off and staying the weekend

  • Doomonger says:

    Also now know colloquially as the four rings weekender.

  • Red Flyer says:

    £180 a day to include overnight accommodation for 2 people and great entertainment day & night. Some people pay £100+ just for a seat at an arena to watch an act for 2 hours so decent value if you look at it that way. At the end of the day, if not for you nobody is forcing you to hand over your points.

    • Erico1875 says:

      We paid £500 for 2 semi decent , but not the best, seats to Rod Stewart at York races about 5 years ago. So 700 isn’t crazy

      • ken says:

        The £700 for the shed doesn’t include entrance into the festival (roughly £270 each).

        This is a bit of a weird festival – its focused on people who like the idea of going to a festival, but don’t want to camp, want to eat Claude Bosi food at £150 a pop, do a a cocktail class for £50 or sit in a fetid hot tub for 2 hours – a bargain at £65.

        And probably aren’t that interested in music.

        • Rob says:

          That differs how from people who buy O2 tickets for Avios to get the £400 F&B credit and not bother with the music?!

          • ken says:

            I’d guess the difference is this.

            The O2 redemptions you are getting £400 worth of F&B in exchange for maybe as few as 15000 miles. Makes perfect sense.

            This festival you are getting the right to sleep in a field & enjoy festival toilets.

            It’s a great redemption IF that kind of festival is your thing.

    • Kevin C says:

      I don’t think many O2 redemptions are very cheap now. I’ve been outbid a couple of times with bids over 20,000 Avios. Liam Gallagher was going for a lot.

  • PM says:

    If you are paying £500 for this, then you are a festival yourself.

    • Rob says:

      I’m getting ‘white, pale, stale’ vibes here 🙂 Surely you were young once? Stuck in the ungrinding dullness of miners strike South Yorkshire as a teen I would have killed to go to something like this.

      • JDB says:

        Plenty of older people at Wilderness as Cornbury is lovely, it’s more civilised than most and very social.

      • Ken says:

        Could have bunked into Glastonbury when you were young – or if you were paying it was roughly a weeks giro for an 18 year old in the late 80’s.

        Most festivals aren’t particularly diverse, in fact I’d imagine Wilderness is the epitome of white middle class England.

        As much Yoga as you want though.

  • Navara says:

    Those were the days I don’t remember it being dull

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