Jan272012

IHG 2-for-1 rates in UK and Europe: Low price, but no points

My favorite European hotel promotion for the past several years has been the IHG “2 nights for the price of 1” for hotel discounts in the UK and Europe. This offer brings the rate of many hotels in central London to around $100 per night.

The main thing to know with these discount rates is they are prepaid, nonrefundable hotel room reservations.  The terms also state no Priority Club points are earned. This offer is not good for hotel promotions and points, but at these room rate discounts the points may not really matter. Just be aware that you forfeit the entire prepaid amount if you need to cancel your reservation.

The “2-for-1” and “3-for-2” rates are special offers available through this UK link and discounts are based on the Best Flexible Rate. The default page is set to search “IHG Weekend Breaks” in the UK for 35% off Best Flexible Rate.

IHG Weekend Breaks-1-12

Use the bullet menu on the right to change rate from 35% off weekend rates to the “2-for-1” or “3-for-2” rates.

The 2-for-1 offer is a 50% discount on Best Available, whereas Senior and AAA rates when available typically offer only a 10% discount.  Availability is most widespread across the UK. European cities offer some deals too, although these are more hit and miss. Paris never seems to participate much.

These discount rates are primarily for Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza. In London these rates tend to be available for Hotel Indigo too.

In Europe there are sometimes 2-for-1 rates at InterContinental Hotels. A few years back the InterContinental Cannes was a steal with these rates. My search today found the InterContinental Vienna on a 2-for-1 rate.

There is a maximum stay of two consecutive nights at any single property with the 2-for-1 rate. You can hotel hop in a place like London with dozens of discounted IHG hotels and book the 2-for-1 rate at several hotels for a 6 to 8 night discount hotel vacation if you choose.

Here are sample “2 nights for the price of 1” rates:

Feb 1-3

  • Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T-5 = US$50.29 per night.
  • Holiday Inn London – Kensington Forum = US$106.08
  • Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park = US $117.87

Feb 16-18

  • Holiday Inn Nice, France = US$95.30 (extra person charge of 15EUR starts with 2nd person in room).

March 12-14

  • Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport = US$52.58

Crowne Plaza Madrid

April 8-10 (Easter Sunday)

  • Crowne Plaza – London Docklands = US$70.72
  • Crowne Plaza London – The City = US$129.66
  • Hotel Indigo London – Tower Hill = US$146.16
  • InterContinental Vienna = US$130.60 (99.50EUR)

July 25-27 (London Olympics opening ceremony is July 27. Rates triple for July 27 from rates shown below to over $500 per night.)

  • Holiday Inn London Mayfair = US$208.24 ($250 after VAT tax)
  • Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park = US$220.02  ($265 after VAT)

Bookmark the UK/Europe IHG discount rates page. This is your best friend when traveling around the UK and Europe this year. Even if you don’t earn Priority Club points on these stays.

Terms & Conditions for IHG Discount Rates available through August 31, 2012.

Up to 35% Discount Terms and Conditions

  • Offer applicable for stays taken up until the 31st August 2012 at participating IHG hotels in the UK.
  • Stays are available over Fri, Sat and Sun nights (some hotels may offer limited midweek availability – please check when booking).
  • Discount represents a saving against our Best Flexible rate per room, per night for two adults sharing a standard double/twin room (inclusive of VAT). Room only, breakfast not included.
  • Up to 2 children under the age of 18 stay free when sharing a room with up to 2 adults.
  • Offer valid on new bookings only, full payment must be made at time of booking; no cancellations or amendments permitted; no refunds given.
  • All bookings are subject to availability of rooms allocated to this offer at participating hotels. Rates may vary by date of booking.
  • A maximum of 2 rooms can be booked under any one reservation.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or special promotions.
  • Priority Club points do not apply.

Half price Discount Terms and Conditions

  • Offer applicable for stays taken up until the 31st August 2012 at participating IHG hotels in the UK.
  • Stays are available over Fri, Sat and Sun nights (some hotels may offer limited midweek availability – please check when booking).
  • Discount represents a saving against our Best Flexible rate per room, per night for two adults sharing a standard double/twin room (inclusive of VAT) for a minimum of two consecutive nights. Room only, breakfast not included.
  • Up to 2 children under the age of 18 stay free when sharing a room with up to 2 adults.
  • Offer valid on new bookings only, full payment must be made at time of booking; no cancellations or amendments permitted; no refunds given.
  • All bookings are subject to availability of rooms allocated to this offer at participating hotels. Rates may vary by date of booking.
  • A maximum of 2 rooms can be booked under any one reservation.
  • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or special promotions.
  • Priority Club points do not apply.

2 Nights for the Price of One – Terms and Conditions

  • Offer applicable for stays taken up until the 31st August 2012 at participating IHG hotels in the UK & Europe.
  • Stays are available over Fri, Sat and Sun nights with many hotels offering midweek availability – please check at time of booking.
  • 2 for 1 offer is based on the Best Flex Rate and consists of two consecutive night stays for the price of one, based on two adults sharing a standard twin/double room (max.2 adults per room) at participating hotels only.
  • Full payment must be made at time of booking; no cancellations or amendments permitted; no refunds given.
  • Up to 2 children under the age of 18 stay free when sharing a room with up to 2 adults, if suitable accommodation is available.
  • Single supplement will be charged at the full room per night price.
  • All rooms are subject to availability with a limited number of rooms available at these offer rates. Rates may vary by date of booking. Limited availability may be applicable over public holidays.
  • Offer not available to groups and can not be used in conjunction with any other offers or special promotions.
  • A booking made pursuant to this offer is non transferable.

3 nights for the price of 2 Terms and Conditions

  • Offer applicable for breaks and reservations made from 1st January 2012 to 31st August 2012.
  • Stays are available over Fri, Sat and Sun nights with many hotels offering midweek availability – please check at time of booking.
  • 3 for 2 offer is based on the Best Flex Rate and consists of three consecutive night stays with the 3rd night at no charge, based on two adults sharing a standard twin/double room (max.2 adults per room) at participating hotels only.
  • Full payment must be made at time of booking; no cancellations or amendments permitted; no refunds given.
  • Up to 2 children under the age of 18 stay free when sharing a room with up to 2 adults, if suitable accommodation is available.
  • Single supplement will be charged at the full room per night price.
  • All rooms are subject to availability with a limited number of rooms available at these offer rates. Rates may vary by date of booking. Limited availability may be applicable over public holidays.
  • Offer not available to groups and can not be used in conjunction with any other offers or special promotions.
  • A booking made pursuant to this offer is non transferable.
  • Priority Club points do not apply.

 

IHG Discount Rates booking page link.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. There are lots of people who have reported earning points on these discount rates.

    I thought about stating that in this article, but thought it better instead to let members find a pleasant surprise if points are earned on these rates.

  2. IHG offers points or cash back through several mall portals on the web – do you know if there is a way to get to the IHG UK/Europe discounts page from the main IHG page to avoid losing the reward mall tracking cookie? This combined with the right travel CC could earn an additional nice pile of points…

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