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IHG will soon offer EV charging at all its properties in the US &...

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The IHG European spring sale is now live (up to 20% off)

The IHG spring sale (for bookings at the chain's participating European properties) is now live and runs through to 5 March for stays into 2025. The sale is in two parts. For most IHG properties the sale is offering IHG One Rewards members up to 20% off a property's best flexible rate, while the Iberostar Beachfront Resorts have their own deal with savings of up to 15%.
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Deal: Earn 10 Amex points/dollar (or 10% cash back) on IHG bookings

Rakuten is back with another good cash back offer with which you can earn 10% cash back or 10 Amex Membership Rewards Points per dollar on most IHG (InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, etc...) bookings. It's not clear how long this offer will last for so don't wait too long if you have an IHG stay that you need to book.
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A look at seven of the major hotel best rate guarantees (what they say...

The rules of the various best rate guarantees offered by the major hotel chains and the compensation these guarantees offers can vary significantly, so what you'll find in this article is a look at each of the key guarantees currently published and some of my thoughts on what they offer.
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A look inside the refurbished Intercontinental Bangkok (classic room, spa, pool + more)

In May of 2022, the InterContinental Bangkok closed for a much needed refurbishment and a little over a year later, in June 2023, the property reopened with renovated rooms and public areas as well as a refreshed Club Lounge. On our recent visit to the Thai capital, I stopped by the InterContinental Bangkok (not to be confused with the new InterContinental Bangkok Sukhumvit) to see what effect the refurbishment has had, and you can see the results of the refurbishment below.
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The new InterContinental Bangkok Sukhumvit (our first look)

The InterContinental Bangkok Sukhumvit is IHG's the newest luxury property in Bangkok and following a soft opening that started on 1 December, the property will be celebrating its official grand opening tomorrow, 23 January 2024. Over the weekend, TFM was shown around the latest addition to the InterContinental brand, so this is where I'm going to share the pictures that were taken on the tour.
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InterContinental London – The O2 (a mini review)

Towards the end of December, I had a one night stay at the InterContinental London O2, and while that one night wasn't quite long enough for full review of the property, what follows should give you a good idea of what you can expect when you stay.
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Flash Sale: Save up to 30% off the best flexible rate with IHG in...

IHG is currently running a 7-day flash sale in which it is offering up to 30% off the published best flexible rate at participating properties in Southeast Asia, South Korea, the Maldives, Japan, Guam and Saipan. 
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Booking an IHG stay? Get up to 12% cash back with these offers

The dawn of a new year usually sees a rise in the number of people planning and booking travel, and with IHG currently running a winter sale for stays in Europe, there's a good chance that quite a few people are considering an IHG property for their next trip. What a lot of these people may not know is that they can currently get up to 12% cash back on their new booking.
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The InterContinental Carlton Cannes will reopen as the Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel, on...

The final months of 2022 brought bad news for members of the InterContinental Ambassador program. In November, IHG confirmed that Ambassador benefits will no longer be offered at Regent Hotels & Resorts and that the programs free weekend night certificate will no longer be useable at Kimpton properties. And in December, we were told that the InterContinental Carlton Cannes would be reflagged as the Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel, following refurbishment works.
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Booking IHG reward nights? Beware the hidden junk fees!

When you make an award booking with Hilton or Hyatt you don't have to worry about resort/destination/amenity fees because those chains waive their junk fees on award bookings. You don't even have to hold elite status with Hilton or Hyatt to avoid these fees because everyone gets junk fees waived when booking awards with these guys. Sadly, the same is not true of award bookings with IHG or Marriott.
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InterContinental Ambassador members lose an important option in Europe

The past few weeks haven't brought good news for members of the InterContinental Ambassador program. Back in November, IHG confirmed that Ambassador benefits soon won't be offered at Regent Hotels & Resorts and that the programs free weekend night certificate will no longer be useable at Kimpton properties, and now we're told that a major InterContinental property in Europe is being reflagged.
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Kimpton’s 2022 Cyber sale: Save up to 20% worldwide

Earlier, I wrote about IHG beginning to unveil its deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but although Kimpton is part of IHG, it looks like it has its own versions of these sales running that are slightly different.
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IHG’s 2022 Cyber Sale has started (more deals are on the way)

Today has seen IHG launch its 2022 "Cyber Sale" which will run through Friday next week (2 December) and which will see more offers added as the sale period progresses.
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IHG is adding up to 70 all-inclusive properties to its portfolio

IHG is the latest of the big hotel groups to decide that it needs to increase its foothold in the all-inclusive market so in a move that will see up to 70 new properties coming under the IHG umbrella, it has announced a strategic partnership with Iberostar Hotels & Resorts.
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Flash sale: Save up to 45% on select IHG bookings (Southeast Asia, South Korea,...

IHG is currently running a flash sale in honor of Singles Day in which it's offering up to 45% off the best flexible rates at properties in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. The sale started yesterday and runs to 23:59 tomorrow at local hotel time. 
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IHG announces that it will open new Paris property in 2023

IHG announced the launch of the 'upscale' voco brand back in 2018 and we're told that to date, the brand has expanded at a faster pace than any other brand in the IHG stable. In 2023, that expansion is set to continue with the opening of the voco Paris Porte de Clichy.
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Flash sale: Save up to 40% at Kimpton properties worldwide (great deals available)

Kimpton has unveiled a flash sale (which it's calling its "Annual Sale") in which it's offering IHG One Rewards members up to 40% off the Best Flexible Rate at a wide variety of properties around the world and there are some great deals on offer.
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IHG has opened a new Kimpton in the Mediterranean

IHG has announced the opening of its latest property in Spain with the Kimpton Aysla Mallorca now accepting guests. We're told that the property "emulates a sanctuary of luxury and wellness" and that it has "a strong and exclusive commitment to active leisure and local contemporary art" (no, I don't know how a hotel can have an "exclusive commitment to active leisure either).
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Get up to 25% off at IHG properties in Europe (includes premium rooms)

IHG has launched a new sale for participating properties in Europe and the UK and alongside an offer of up to 25% off standard rooms, the hotelier is also offering up to 20% off premium room bookings which come with breakfast and, if available, a late check-out.
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TODAY ONLY: Stack Kimpton’s “not so secret sale” with an Amex offer for big...

IHG's boutique brand, Kimpton, is mid-way through a two-day flash sale that's offering some incredible savings on stays across the brand's worldwide portfolio, and by stacking this sale with a current Amex offer, your savings will get even better. Theoretically, savings of up to 52% should be possible but keep your expectations in check as the actual savings on offer probably won't be quite that amazing.
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Review: The InterContinental London Park Lane

Recently, I found myself back in London and in need of a centrally located hotel that was an easy walk from an underground station and an easy walk a number of places that I needed to visit during my very short stay. Given that I had an IHG One Rewards certificate sitting in my account that was due to expire at the end of the year, this seemed like a good opportunity to save some money and take a look at a property that I hadn't stayed it in quite a few years.
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DEAL: Get 10% cash back (Or 10 Amex points/dollar) on IHG bookings (USA)

Over the past few years, Rakuten has been getting quite a bit of attention thanks to its partnership with Amex's Membership Rewards and the fact that it offers very good cash back sales on a reasonably frequent basis. Now the portal is back with a good cashback offer for bookings at various IHG brands (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza etc...)
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Australia Will Get A New InterContinental Property This Year

Australia is already home to seven InterContinental properties but by the end of 2021, that number will go up to eight following the announcement that the Hotel Continental on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula will reopen as the InterContinental Sorrento later this year.
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Some Six Senses Resorts Are Now Bookable With IHG Rewards Points

IHG announced the purchase of Six Senses Hotels Resorts for $300m in February 2019 and IHG Rewards members shave been waiting patiently ever since to be given a chance to use their points to book these luxurious properties. Now, that wait is over (at least in part) because 6 of the Six Senses properties are now showing award night availability on IHG's website.
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Chase Has Loaded Two New IHG Offers To Its Cards

American Express is currently running a number of offers for stays at IHG properties in the United States (I wrote about the latest offer earlier today) and now it looks as if Chase has joined in too. I'm currently seeing two different offers on two different Chase-issued credit cards but there may be other versions of these offers out there.
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IHG Announces A New Kimpton For Europe

IHG's Kimpton brand has a staunchly loyal following (one that dates back well before the brand was purchased by IHG) but it has long been a brand with a very US-centric portfolio. In recent years, however, Kimpton has been expanding outside of the United States and the latest property to be announced is a second new Kimpton for Spain.
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Kimpton’s New Secret Password Has Been Revealed

Kimpton is the boutique hotel brand that has built itself up into a position in which it generates a great deal of loyalty and affection from its more frequent guests, and its the boutique hotel brand which has somehow pulled off the trick of maintaining this relationship despite being engulfed by the behemoth that is IHG. 
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Cyber Sale: Save 25% At Kimpton Properties Worldwide

Kimpton is the very popular boutique brand that sits within the IHG portfolio and which, over the past couple of years, has started appearing in more and more locations outside of the United States. Right now you can save 25% off Kimpton's best flexible rates for stays into September 2021.
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IHG Black Friday Deal: 50% Off Stays In Asia, Australasia, South Pacific, Middle East...

I haven't yet noticed any great IHG deals for stays in the United States or Europe, but the current IHG flash sale that's running for stays in Asia, Australasia, South Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa looks to be one of the better hotel deals around.
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Amex Offer: Save Up To 25% At EVEN Hotels (IHG)

Amex cardholders are being targeted for a new but niche offer for savings at IHG's EVEN Hotels brand. With only 11 EVEN hotels currently available in the United States this isn't going to be an offer to excite the whole country, but if you'll planning a break and there's an EVEN Hotel in your chosen destination, the savings here could be worthwhile.
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IHG Adds 400 Mr & Mrs Smith Properties (More Coming)

A little over a year ago, IHG announced a new partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith (a boutique hotel "travel club") and, earlier this month, a trickle of Mr & Mrs Smith properties started appearing on the IHG website. Now that trickle has turned into a flow with IHG confirming that 400 Mr & Mrs Smith properties are now bookable on its site.
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IHG Is Starting To Add Mr & Mrs Smith Properties To IHG Rewards

On 23 September 2019 IHG announced that it was entering into a partnership with "Mr & Mrs Smith" which would allow IHG Rewards Club members to earn and burn points at 500+ more properties around the world. With Mr & Mrs Smith offering a significant number of upscale boutique hotels this was huge news for fans of IHG Rewards but up until now, there have been no further updates from IHG. 
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Warning: IHG & Marriott Flexible Cancellation Policies Are Ending

IHG and Marriott are the first major hotel chains to confirm that they're ending their flexible cancellation policies which have been available on all bookings since the beginning of the current crisis. At the time of writing, Hilton, Hyatt, and Radisson have not yet followed suit, but with their current policies expiring at the same time as the Marriott and IHG policies expire, there's scope for these three chains to go down the same path.
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Incredible: IHG Is Set To Lose Over 100 Properties In North America

The next time you're searching IHG.com for accommodation in North America you may find that a number of properties you've been used to seeing in the past are no longer there. This isn't a glitch or a temporary system error, it's because IHG has just lost over 100 of it's North American properties to a considerably smaller operator.
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IHG Is Opening An InterContinental Property In Rome

IHG has announced that it will be reintroducing the InterContinental brand to Rome 6 years after the last property to carry the InterContinental name in the Italian capital (the InterContinental De La Ville) was reflagged as a Rocco Forte property.
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How IHG Has Gone From Hero To Zero Very Quickly

It was way back on 12 March that IHG Rewards was the first major loyalty program (from the hotel or airline industry) to take measures to make it easier for its members to earn/retain status this year but that appears to have been the end of the program's interest in looking after its members and guests.
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IHG Is Offering A Free Night On 4-Night Stays At Select Properties

IHG is currently running a promotion it's calling "Stretch the holiday further" in which it's offering a free fourth night at select properties in Europe, the Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Australasia/Oceania, and Africa.
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IHG Rewards Adds 500+ Properties To Its Portfolio In One Go!

IHG Rewards has just announced a partnership with "Mr & Mrs Smith" which will see IHG Rewards members able to earn and burn their points at over 500 new properties across the world.
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Review: The InterContinental Sydney

There are two InterContinental properties in Sydney but with the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay being the less central of the two properties, it was a straightforward decision to choose the InterContinental Sydney as our second hotel on this visit to the city (the first was the Sydney Harbour Marriott).
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GOOD DEAL: Get Free Nights At Select IHG Properties In Southeast Asia & The...

IHG has launched a very interesting (and possibly money-saving) offer for Rewards Club members looking to make a booking at a number of its properties in Southeast Asia, Korea, and the Maldives.
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Save 10% – 30% On Dining At IHG Properties In Select Countries

If you happen to be visiting a city in the Middle East, Africa, India, Greater China or parts of the Asia-Pacific region IHG has an offer that may be a nice money saver - you can save up to 30% on dining at IHG properties even if you're not a guest of the property in question.
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FLASH SALE: Save Over 30% On Kimpton’s Best Flexible Rate (Select Properties)

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IHG Adds Three Luxury Properties To The InterContinental Alliance

InterContinental Alliance Resorts are properties that aren't actually part of the IHG portfolio (like hotels branded as InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, etc...) but which have an agreement with IHG to participate in the IHG Rewards program and, to a degree, the InterContinental Ambassador program.
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IHG Hotel Sales: Minimum 20% Discount Worldwide & Up To 35% Discount in Japan/Asia-Pacific

IHG is currently running two sales which are offering between 20% and 35% discount on properties in various regions of the world. The first sale is a 'Global Sale' which has been running for a few weeks while the second sale launched just a few days ago and is limited to select IHG properties in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.
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Deal: Get 10% Cash Back At Holiday Inn & 8% Cash Back At Other...

TopCashback is currently offering a great deal of 10% cash back for anyone looking to make a booking with IHG's Holiday Inn brand and is also offering 8% cash back on a number of other IHG brands like InterContinental and EVEN hotels.
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The Latest IHG Sale Says It Offers A Minimum Discount Of 20%….But Be Very...

Hotels may be seeing record occupancy rates but, with the current pace of expansion, there are still a lot of rooms that need to be filled so hotel sales are as plentiful as ever. Today it's IHG's turn to launch a sale and this one covers most of the hotelier's worldwide portfolio.
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IHG Launches Atwell Suites – A New All-Suites Brand

IHG has just unveiled the latest brand it is introducing into its portfolio at a conference in Las Vegas and, with it, the hotelier says it's looking to target an estimated $18bn industry segment focusing on all-suite properties in the upper-midscale sector of the market.
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GREAT DEAL: Get 15% Cash Back On IHG Bookings! (Possibly Today Only)

Ebates (Rakuten) is celebrating 'twenty years of savvy shopping' with a huge promotion in which it's currently offering 15% cash back at over 400 of its partners. Within that list of partners sits IHG so, if you're looking to book a stay at brands like InterContinental, Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn (amongst others) today may be a good day to do just that.
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RIP OFF ALERT: Now The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Is Charging A ‘Facility Fee’

A few weeks ago I noticed that the Andaz West Hollywood has started charging a 'Destination Fee' of $23.10 to all guests other that Hyatt's top-tier elites and now, not to be outdone by an upstart in West Hollywood, the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown has added a 'Facility Fee' of its own.
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Sale: Save Up To 25% At Kimpton Properties Worldwide

Kimpton, the original boutique brand of IHG, has launched a 'Spring Vacation' sale across a good range of its properties and, contrary to what we've seen from Kimpton recently, at least some of its properties outside of the US are participating in this sale.
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Save 30% At Kimpton Properties In The Mid-Atlantic Region (Ends Tomorrow)

12 Kimpton properties in the Mid-Atlantic region are running a sale through 20 March (tomorrow) in which they're offering discounts of up to 30% off. I've only just been told about this sale so it has been running for a few days but, as far as I can see, the discounted rates are still widely available.
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Kimpton Last Minute Deals Available From Just $109/Night

The Kimpton last minute deals page is only something I've been aware of for the past few months but it has rapidly become a page I check quite regularly to see what sort of deals are on offer.Right now we're not in peak/busy season for most areas where Kimpton has properties (even LA is 'cold' right now) so hotel occupancy rates aren't particularly high and that seems to be having a good effect on Kimpton's last minute deals.
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Get 12% Cash Back On IHG Bookings (Possibly Today Only)

Ebates has been getting quite a bit of attention recently with its partnership with Amex's Membership Rewards and with its recent good discount on Marriott bookings. Now it's back with a very good cashback offer for bookings at various IHG brands (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza etc..).
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IHG Promotion: 3rd Night Free At Select InterContinental Properties

IHG has launched a promotion which may be of interest to anyone looking to book stays of 3 nights or longer at select InterContinental properties in Africa, Australia, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
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IHG Buys Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas For $300m

IHG has announced the purchase of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for the sum of $300m. The purchase covers all the Six Senses brand and operating companies but dies not include any physical real estate assets.
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10% Cashback At Marriott, IHG, Choice Hotels & 11% At Travelocity

Airline and hotel shopping portals can be a very good source of miles and points from everyday spending but the cashback portals can be an equally good tool for saving money....especially when they offer deals as good as these.
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FLASH SALE: 30% OFF Select IHG Hotels In UK & Ireland

IHG has launched a 5-day flash sale on select properties in the UK and Ireland. With IHG also currently running its Free Nights Faster promotion which is offering a minimum of 40,000 bonus points, this flash sale could be a useful tool to help you earn the bonus(es) on offer while keeping costs low.  
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IHG Confirms A Big Expansion Of Its Kimpton Brand

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Do You Know About Kimpton’s Last Minute Deals?

One of the things I love most about writing this blog is that the research I have to do means that I'm constantly learning new things about the travel industry and constantly discovering ways I can save cash when I travel. While I'm a big fan of making airline bookings way in advance I'm beginning to hold off from making any hotel/accommodation bookings until much closer to my actual trips - I'm finding that I'm getting better deals that way and, by delaying the reservations I make, I'm finding myself in a better position to make the most of any hotel promotions that come around.
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IHG Adds A New Property In The UAE (Possibly A Very Good Award Redemption...

IHG has announced that it's taking over an existing hotel in the United Arab Emirates and rebranding it as one of its new voco properties.
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Details Of The IHG Cyber Sale Are Now Live – Save At Least 25%...

IHG is the latest hotelier to reveal its plans for Cyber Week although bookings at sale prices don't open up till after Thanksgiving. There are multiple deals on offer this year including discounts on room rates, extra points for signing up to the Ambassador Program, more points when booking bonus point packages and a discount on points & cash bookings too.
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Kimpton Is Offering Up To 40% Off In Its Cyber Monday Sale

Kimpton, the boutique hotel chain bought by IHG back in 2015, has launched a "Cyber Monday + Giving Tuesday" sale which can be used with immediate effect....so it's not really a Cyber Monday sale at all. Still, semantics aside this is a sale that could be worth checking out as there are discounts of up to 40% are on offer (albeit on the best flexible rate and not the cheapest rate you'll find).
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IHG Will Bring Kimpton To The UK & Adds A Resort In Australia

At the end of May IHG announced that it had reached an agreement to take over and rebrand 12 properties in the UK and 9 of those properties are now officially part of the IHG brand portfolio.
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IHG PointBreaks Is Back – Book Now For Reservations Through 30 September

IHG has now released the list of hotels and resorts which are participating in its latest PointBreaks promotion. These hotels are bookable from as little as 5,000 points per night while the more popular properties on the list cost either 10,000 or 15,000 points per night.
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There’s A New InterContinental Coming To Colombo

IHG has announced that it has signed a management agreement to bring the InterContinental brand back to Sri Lanka. The Kingsbury Colombo was an InterContinental property up to approximately 6 years ago so the Sri Lankan capital has been InterContinental-free since then.
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IHG Sale & Promotion: 20-30% Off & Up To 5,000 Bonus Points Per Stay

IHG has launched its "Easy Like Summer" promotion in which it's offering a number of incentives to those ready to book travel for stays in the next 3 months (approximately). Three separate incentives are on offer covering discounts on room rates, bonus points and extra savings through IHG's fuel rewards program so there should be something here for everyone.
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IHG Launches A New “Upscale” Brand – Voco

We've reached a point where hotel chains have too many brands for customers to keep up with but there's no sign that the proliferation of brands is slowing down. Marriott/Starwood has 30 brands, Wyndham has 29 brands, Hilton has 14 brands and, before this week, IHG had 12 brands and from a customer standpoint there is absolutely no reason for all these brands to exist (can you tell the difference between a Residence Inn and Fairfield suites?).
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7 Good Kimpton Deals Which Could Save You Money

Kimpton is the boutique hotel brand purchased by IHG back in 2015 and just recently incorporated into the IHG Rewards program. The hotels have a small but vocal following and, if you feel like finding out why some of these properties are so popular, you should check out these offers first to see if you can make the most of any of them.
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IHG Signs Up A New Crowne Plaza In Qatar

IHG has announced that it has signed an agreement to convert the M Doha Hotel into the Crowne Plaza Doha West bay by the end of August 2018. With the property in its current guise fairing reasonably well on TripAdvisor this could be a nice addition to the IHG portfolio for those visiting the Middle East.
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IHG Buys Controlling Stake In A Small Luxury Chain – Here’s What We Know

On 14 March 2018 IHG announced that it has acquired a 51% controlling stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts for $39m in cash. IHG has also got the right to purchase the remaining 49% in stages starting in 2026.
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IHG Adds Tesla Charging Stations To All Crown Plaza Properties In Australasia

Tesla is the only electric car manufacturer that has succeeded in making serious inroads into the motor industry (you can't move for Tesla Model S vehicles in LA) and, as more and more people jump on the Tesla bandwagon, it's becoming increasingly important for hotels to provide guests with somewhere the can charge their vehicle overnight.
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IHG City Lights Sale: Get Up To 30% Off In 6 US Cities

IHG is running a very poorly publicised promotion (I only found it by accident) which offers discounts of between 15% and 30% on hotel bookings in 6 major US cities. Importantly, it looks as if 8 InterContinental properties are participating in this sale and the locations on offer are actually ones that you're likely to want to visit so this is a sale worth a closer look.
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News: A New Kimpton in SoCal, United Copies Delta (Again), Try The QSuites At...

A roundup of some of the hotel and airline news from the past few days. Includes news of a new Kimpton property to be opened in southern California, details of how United is copying Delta (again) and clamping down on fake emotional support animals (expect American Airlines to follow any day now) and news of a new Grand Hyatt opening in the Caribbean.
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Last Day To Book IHG Properties At Pre-Devaluation Rates

IHG hasn't been making many friends recently. We're only a little over two weeks into 2018 and we've already been told that the hotel chain is significantly weakening its best rate guarantee and increasing the cost of an award night at 499 properties worldwide. The changes to the cost of IHG award nights comes into effect from 16 January 2018 (tomorrow) so you have less than 24 hours to make any reservations you think you may need at the older rates (don't forget that IHG Rewards award bookings are fully refundable).
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IHG Changes Terms Of Its Best Rate Guarantee – No More Free Nights

I didn't have too much luck with hotel best rate guarantees in 2017 as I never seemed to be able to find a room rate lower than the one I was booking through the chain I was staying with....but I have definitely made the most of them in the past. Most of my historic successes with best rate guarantees have come courtesy of Hilton and Marriott so I don't think I ever managed to exploit the generous terms that IHG has historically offered
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How I Book 3 Nights For Less Than The Price Of 2 At A...

Joanna and I don't have particularly large IHG Rewards balances (mainly because our recent Accelerate promotions have been terrible) but we have enough points between us for a good-length stay at a very nice InterContinental hotel wherever in the world we wish to go...but we won't be using points on our next IHG stay.
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30% Off At European InterContinental Hotels & Breakfast Too

The InterContinental properties around the world are my favorite part of the IHG group (by some distance) and, right now, you can get 30% off at European InterContinental properties with a complimentary breakfast thrown in as well.
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IHG World Sale Now On – Up To 30% Off InterContinental, Crowne Plaza &...

IHG (the hotel group that runs InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and more) has announced its "World Sale" which offer discounts of between 15% and 30% on stays at properties all across the world.
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The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Is Now Open…And It Looks Good!

 IHG has announced the opening of the 5-star InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown which forms part of the Wilshire Grand Center. That puts the property a 5 minute Uber ride or, if you're feeling adventurous, a 15 - 20 minute walk away from the Staples Center and LA Live.
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NOW LIVE: IHG PointBreaks List Summer/Fall 2017

IHG's PointBreaks are one of the better and more popular hotel promotions that you’ll find, with IHG selling award nights a sizeable number of its properties for just 5,000 points per night. The latest full PointBreaks list is live but, although we can now see all the participating properties, booking will not open until Monday for reservations through 31 October 2017.
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IHG Flash Sale – 100% Bonus On Points Purchased Through 17 February!

IHG Rewards (the loyalty program for the likes of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn) has announced a flash sale in which it is selling points with a 100% bonus....and that's as good as it gets when it comes to IHG points sales. The current offer allows IHG Rewards members (free to join here) can purchase points from as little as 0.575 cents each with no restrictions on who can get the bonus - it doesn't matter when you became a member even if it was just seconds before you decided to buy some points.
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IHG Offering 30% Off In The Winter Europe Sale

Hot on the heels of the Hilton Winter sale for Europe, the Middle East and Africa comes IHG's response with an offer of up to 30% off at its various European properties. While the IHG winter sale may not cover as many destinations as the Hilton sale there definitely isn't a shortage of properties on offer. I can't say I've counted but if you take a look at the participating hotels listing you'll see what I mean - you can't say there isn't a good choice!

Quick Look: Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel – Single Room

This is the second "quick look" post I've done of Holiday Inn properties at Heathrow (the first was the Holiday Inn Heathrow T5) and, once again, my visit was purely as a result of the IHG Summer Accelerate promotion I discussed earlier this week. Just like with the Holiday Inn Heathrow T5 I spent enough time at the property to get a good look around (as hopefully the pictures will show) but I didn't stay the night so you should bear that in mind when forming any opinions from what I post here.
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Quick Look: Holiday Inn Heathrow Terminal 5

I visited the Holiday Inn Heathrow Terminal 5 as part of my plan to earn some quick IHG rewards points before the summer Accelerate promotion ended. I spent a little bit of time at the property but I didn’t end up spending the night (that is something you need to bear in mind when drawing any of your own conclusions from this post). I may not have spent the night but I knew I was going to be writing this post so I made sure to take a few pictures to show you what the property offers.
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Review: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – Overwater Bungalow

Joanna and I recently visited the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort - one of the most aspirational properties you can book with IHG Rewards points - and this is part 2 of the review of the resort. In part 1 of the review I looked at the location of the resort, the arrivals process, our check-in and the first impressions we got as we explored the resort's grounds. In this part I'll take a look at the accommodation we booked.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort And Thalasso Spa

Review: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – Arrival & The Resort

There is simply too much to say about the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa to fit into one blog post so I'm going to split this review up into more manageable sizes. In this section of the review I'm going to focus on the transfer from the airport to the resort, the check-in process and our first look around the resort grounds and its amenities. Other blog posts will cover the accommodation, the dining and how we paid for the stay in the first place.
IHG Las Vegas Promotion

IHG Las Vegas Promotion – Stay 3 Nights & Get A Free Night Worldwide

IHG has launched an interesting promotion in conjunction with its "alliance resorts" in Las Vegas that's worth taking a look...but probably only if you were planning on visiting Vegas anyway. The "Book 3, Stay Free" promotion offers members the chance to earn a free night at any IHG property worldwide in exchange for staying 3 consecutive nights at either the Venetian or Palazzo in Las Vegas.
The Kimpton Hotel Zamora

IHG Intends To Keep Kimpton A Boutique Brand

There were a lot of disgruntled Kimpton fans on the internet message boards when IHG announced that it was going to be taking over...
InterContinental London O2

Intercontinental London O2 In Pictures

Friends of mine stayed at the new Intercontinental London O2 over the weekend and, while I haven't yet had a chance to see the hotel,...
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UK To Get The First “Next-Generation” Holiday Inn Express Properties

An idea for a new concept in hotel room design, that was discussed towards the beginning of 2015, has been put into action by...
St Regis Dubai Palm

St Regis Opens In Dubai, Four Seasons Follows Suit, New Holiday Inn For Manhattan...

A brief round-up of some of the hotel news that's been making the travel headlines recently - Starwood opening new hotels in Dubai and Australia, IHG expanding in New York and Four Seasons opens reservations for its second Dubai hotel.
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New IHG Hotels Planned For Heathrow

You would have thought that IHG already had enough hotels in the Heathrow area but, apparently, their management don't think so! IHG have recently announced a dual branded hotel development at Heathrow Terminal 4 which is scheduled to open in 2018.
Ritz Carlton Koh Samui

New Crowne Plaza For Sydney, Two New Ritz-Carltons, Hard Rock Offers $99 Rooms &...

A round up of some of the recent hotel news outside of the huge "Marriott to buy Starwood" news that's dominated the travel scene recently. With a series of new hotels being announced by various chains and Cyber Monday rapidly approaching, there's quite a bit going on in the hospitality industry right now.
IHG Winter Sale

IHG 72-Hour UK & Ireland Winter Sale Now On – Rooms from $60 (£39/€53)

IHG, the international hotel group that owns hotels chains like InterContinental and Holiday Inn, has launched a 72-hour UK sale which lasts until 9am GMT on Sunday 8 November 2015 . The sale is valid for stays between 1 December 2015 and 29 February 2015 and is only open to IHG Rewards Members. If you're not a member you can sign up for free here.
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Review: InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

Towards the middle of last month Joanna and I took a quick 3-night trip to Amsterdam courtesy of an IHG Rewards promotion. Aside from really wanting...
Mercure Cairns Harbourside or Holiday In Cairns Harbourside

Starwood Invests $300m & Cairns Gets a Holiday Inn

A couple of bits of Hotel News that don't really warrant a whole post of their own: Starwood's Luxury Collection To Get a Boost Starwood has announced that, in...
a bedroom with a bed and a desk

IHG Opens InterContinental Dubai Marina

IHG group have announced the opening of the InterContinental Dubai Marina, a 132 room luxury hotel with 196 fully serviced "residential suites". The press...
IHG Point Breaks

IHG PointBreaks List Revealed – Summer 2015

IHG Rewards Club has released its "Point Break" list of hotels for the summer season. "Point Breaks" are one of the better hotel promotions that...
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Travel Tidbits From Around the Blogosphere – 28 October 2014

There are a lot of travel blogs out there and there's a lot of travel news being reported on a daily basis. Sometimes it's...

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