Posted by Ric Garrido

InterContinental Hotels Group regularly offers 2 nights for the price of 1 night in Europe. The current offer is for hotel stays through June 30, 2011 at participating Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands. Most participating hotels offer weekend 2-for-1 rates with many locations also offering weekday 2-for-1 rates. Up to two children under the age of 18 may stay for free when sharing room with 2 adults.

Main restriction with the 2-for-1 rate is it requires full prepayment and there are no cancellations or changes allowed by the rate terms. These rates are deep discount savings, but use it or lose it once you book your 2-for-1 hotel stay.

Priority Club points are generally earned for these stays, but your results may vary depending on the specific property. Priority Club has a strange rule about not awarding points if the rate is more than a 30% discount. This is a loosely enforced rule, but when applied it seems members are out of luck with earning points.

Two other IHG hotel discount deals currently being offered in Europe like “3 nights for price of 2” and “Save up to 35% on Weekend Stays” specifically mention “Priority Club points do not apply” in the terms and conditions. The 2-for-1 offer terms and conditions do not have this “no points” statement.

London can be an incredible deal with these rates where numerous IHG properties generally mean this deal can be found every day of the week.

My observations for this 2-for-1 offer over the past couple of years concludes this is one of the best deals for European hotel stays. I have written posts in the past showing how London could be done for US$100 per night, but don’t even think you will get this kind of deal for London during the days of the Prince’s wedding.

IHG 2 for 1 special offer rate beats Priceline.com for London

April 22-24, 2011 Crowne Plaza Shoreditch, London

BiddingforTravel.com is a forum where people post successful Priceline.com bids. A member of BiddingforTravel.com posted Feb 26 on a successful Priceline.com bid for the Crowne Plaza Shoreditch at USD$110 per night for a three night stay April 22-25. She states the price on IHG website was $125 at the time.  I assume both these rates are room rate only and do not include the UK 20% VAT tax.

April 22-24 using the 2-for-1 IHG special offer rate lowers the price to just USD$89 per night before tax.

The rate using the 2-for-1 special offer gives a two-night rate for the Crowne Plaza Shoreditch hotel at £109  with 20% VAT = £130.80  or USD$106 per night after tax for the same dates as a successful February Priceline.com bid. This is an overall savings of at least $26 less than Priceline.com and $44 less than the IHG room rate listed on February 26.

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IHG 2 nights for Price of One special rate offer.

Totally off this topic:  

I want to turn people on to the Ryan Bingham of hotel travel who is currently staying in 33 hotels in 33 days on the Las Vegas Strip. Here is a link to Paul Carr’s Huffington Post story “The Strip Diary“. The only relation of Paul Carr to this post is Paul is from London.  I’ll be hanging out in Las Vegas most of next week. Maybe I’ll run into Paul!

5 Responses

  1. Worth noting that this is not strictly 2-4-1. It is 2-4-1 based on the Best Flex rate, but as you must pay in advance and cannot cancel, you really need to compare it to the Advanced Purchase rate. It will still be 30%-ish cheaper than paying for 2 AdvPur nights, but it is not a 50% saving.

  2. @Raffles – I should have shown the lowest advance purchase rate for this comparison to compare 2-for-1 room rate with same prepaid rate terms from a regular booking.

    April 22-24 Crowne Plaza Shoreditch
    207.06 GBP before tax
    248.48 GBP after 20% VAT

    = US$406.03 advance purchase rate for two nights

    compared to

    US $212.80 2-for-1 rate for same two nights.

    2-for-1 rate is a 47.6% savings over advance purchase rate for this hotel on these dates.

  3. Can you please tell me how to book this 2 for 1?
    I went to priorityclub.com and wasn’t able to book this deal.

    Thanks.

    Comment by ANAFCLASS on April 14th, 2011 at 7:34 pm
  4. @ANAFCLASS – I changed the links and the 2-for-1 link is now correct in the first line of this post and at the end of the post.

    I didn’t realize I had inserted the link to the promotion terms and conditions instead of the 2-for-1 booking page.

  5. [...] IHG 2-for-1 rate for UK and other IHG hotels in Europe. A couple times a year I’d show how to stay in London for 2 to 8 nights on average rates around USD$100 per night for Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels. Back in 2007 this rate offered the [...]

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