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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.