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.
American Express is currently running offers for savings at a number of IHG brands and I've just noticed that Chase is targeting cardholders for deals at the same brands. Combining two of these offers on a single stay could yield some very nice savings but you'll have to be quick because Chase's offer doesn't run for very long.
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.
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.
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.
It's been a while since we've seen any great cashback deals for hotel bookings but TopCashback is doing its best to get ouR attention by offering 8% cashback on most IHG properties worldwide. Also, unlike some hotel cashback deals that are doing the rounds, this offer doesn't reduce the cashback on offer if you hold elite status.
IHG has launched another "City Lights Sale" covering properties in most regions of the world, and guests are being offered discounts of "at least 15%" for stays made by 30 April 2020.
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.