IHG Best Rate Guarantee Degraded, No More Free Nights

Holiday Inn Express is an IHG ChainUntil 2 days ago, you could get a free night at an IHG hotel if you could find a better price on Expedia, Trivago, etc., than IHG.com. Sadly, that part of their Best Price Guarantee has quietly ended.

As reported on Loyalty Lobby,and Frequent Miler , the hotel group now offers to match the lower price you found and give you 5x bonus IHG points (worth roughly 3%).

I once did a price match to an IHG property in Hong Kong and got a free room, which was pretty sweet. With this new devaluation, that will no longer be possible.

Registration for Jan. 2018 IHG Accelerate Promotion Is Now Open

AccelerateIHG is the second-largest hotel chain in the world, although you will never find a hotel by that name. Registration for their most lucrative promotion, called Accelerate, is open now.

IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) owns Holiday Inn (and its variants), Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites and some other lesser-known brands.

About 3 times a year IHG runs a promotion called Accelerate, which gives you lots of IHG points if you meet some goals. Everyone’s set of goals is different. Here are mine for the upcoming Accelerate, which begins January 1 and ends April 30, 2018:

IHG Promotion

As you may be able to see, if I meet all of the 6 main goals I will receive 47,000 IHG points! That’s not likely to happen this time, but if I meet 5 of the goals I will receive the points for those goals plus an “Achievement Bonus” of 17,700 points.

It looks like I can meet my “easiest” 5 goals by staying a total of just 3 nights. That’s a pretty easy accomplishment.

Compare this with the fact that certain IHG hotels can be had for just 5000 points per night during their PointBreaks promotions.

You can see more information about the Accelerate promotion in this Million Mile Secrets post and in this One Mile at a Time post and in this The Points Guy post and finally in this Shutterwhale post.

You can register for the Accelerate promotion here.

IHG hotels are my favorites, because you can earn a lot of points with the Accelerate promotions and you can rent rooms in select hotels for only 5000 points per night during the PointBreaks promotions. That’s a winning combination in my book.

IHG PointBreaks List is Out and Bookable

Many frequent flyers anxiously await every new IHG PointBreaks list, and it is out and bookable today! For just 5000 IHG points (cost about $30) you can book a stay in select hotels.

IHG Pointbreaks Now Bookable For Stays Through October, Hotel Rooms From $24/Night

IHG Point Breaks Fall 2016: Full List of Hotels for 5K Points Including Two Nice Intercontinental Properties

New IHG PointBreak Hotels!

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for Stays Through October 31

http://www.milevalue.com/pointbreaks-list-released-list-of-hotels-you-can-stay-in-for-30-this-summer/

Paid Holiday Inn Stays Usually Count for IHG Promotions
Paid Holiday Inn Stays Usually Count for IHG Promotions

I’ve already made a few PointBreaks reservations for stays in Great Britain next month.

 

Anyone? Can Receive Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Free

Hotel chains like Hilton / IHG / Marriott / etc. grant “status” to their best customers, the customers who stay the most nights. Some typical status names are Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond.

Having status is beneficial, because it often enables you to get free/faster wi-fi, late departure and free breakfast. The latter can really save you money…a few weeks ago I used my Hilton Diamond status to get free breakfasts that would normally cost $15 plus tax per day.

Hilton is currently offering free Gold status to employees of Accenture, but it seems as if anyone can sign up for it.

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2016/05/08/hilton-giving-away-instant-gold-status-shouldnt-surprise-anyone/

Once you have status from one hotel chain (say, Hilton), you can ask other hotel chains to for a “status match.” They usually will grant you temporary status that they believe is comparable to what you have at their competitor. That is how I came to be a Hilton Diamond…not from stays, but because Hilton matched my IHG Platinum status.

Hilton Hotel
Hilton Danube Waterfront, Vienna

And how did I get IHG Platinum status, you ask? Did I do a lot of paid stays at IHG properties (Crowne Plaza, Interncontinental, Holiday Inn, Staybridge)? Nope, I just applied for and received one of their IHG credit cards from Chase Bank…one perk of that card is that it grants free Platinum status.

The world of hotel (and airline) status is crazy like that.

Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn

IHG PointBreaks List Out & Bookable Now for Stays Through July 31

In the past IHG has published a “preview list” of PointBreaks, but not this time. Here is the full, live, bookable list:

http://www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/global/redeem-rewards/pointbreaks

Several travel blogs always report on IHG PointBreaks, including this one – HowYouCanFlyFree.com:

http://www.pointswithacrew.com/may-2016-june-2016-july-2016-ihg-pointbreaks-list-now-bookable-with-map-and-sortable-table (which has a useful interactive map of the PointBreaks hotels)

http://mommypoints.boardingarea.com/2016/04/26/31933/

http://thetravelsisters.com/ihg-rewards-club-point-breaks-list-april-2016-july-2016/

IHG PointBreaks: Hotel Stays for 5,000 Points Per Night

Holiday InnIHG PointBreaks are a wonderful deal, just 5000 points per night (= ~$35) and the desirable hotels go fast. Bloggers explain how you can legitimately purchase an unlimited number of IHG points for less than the official price.

Anxiously Waiting for Next IHG PriceBreaks List

Some of my vacation planning is now being done courtesy of International Hotels Group (IHG). My decisions about where to visit are increasingly based upon where IHG has some of their super-cheap PointBreaks hotels.

For example, last year it was Liverpool, England and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I also was able to utilize PointBreaks hotels for already-planned trips to North Carolina and Phoenix.

The new list of IHG PointBreaks should come out in about a week, so I can plan my next trips then. The best places to find the PointBreaks announcement, when it comes out, seem to be http://LoyaltyLobby.com or http://MommyPoints.com

Holiday Inn

It happened to me in February…I checked into a Hilton Hotel and they would not give me (a Diamond) an upgrade…said they were Full.

I wish I had thought to do this at the time:

http://milesfromblighty.boardingarea.com/2016/03/31/no-upgrade-sorry-sold-out-do-you-believe-hotels-when-they-say-this/

Just accept the crummy room they offer, then go online from it and see what kind of rooms the hotel is selling. Complain to the desk clerk or online.

This should work for any hotel brand.

Hilton Hotel

Hilton Will (May) Match Your Status With Another Hotel Program

UPDATE: This morning I realized that I had included the two screen captures in .png format, rather than the required .jpg format. Unfortunately, the Hilton website will not permit a second application for the same HHonors number, so no update for me this time.

ORIGINAL POST: This might be good until 2018. The offer is targeted, but it might work for anyone.

https://hhonormystatus.hiltonapps.com/

I went for it, asking to match my IHG Platinum status. Hilton’s website says they will notify me, there was no email confirmation.

Since I already am Diamond with Hilton (due to another promotion, with a shorter expiration date), I hope that I don’t get downgraded.

http://milestomemories.boardingarea.com/hilton-hhonors-status-match-2016/

Automatic Notification When Hotel Price Drops

TripBAM.com is a website that will automatically notify you by email if the daily rate at your selected hotel (or group of hotels) drops.

http://outandout.boardingarea.com/tripbam-monitors-your-paid-hotel-rates-alert-you-if-the-price-drops/

This works even if you prefer to book directly with the hotel chain, in order to get full points-and-stays credit in their frequent-guest program.

TripBAM does this by checking the rates every day on the hotel’s website. Note that it does not work on AARP, AAA, government, etc. rates.

Sheraton Hotel

Blogger Got $1500 Worth of IHG Points for $52 via Priceless Surprises Promotion

So she is very happy.

Because I sent in 94 entries for both me and my wife, my family received close to 2x the value that she did.

http://www.frugaltravelguy.com/2016/02/how-the-ihg-priceless-surprises-promotion-got-me-over-1500-worth-of-hotel-points-for-52.html

Unfortunately, the promotion is now closed and seems (to me) never to be repeated because it was so (probably unintentionally) lucrative.

Holiday Inn Luton