Making London hotels affordable is my objective for a seven night trip next month. This article looks at hotel rates and hotel competitive set pricing for London hotels among the major hotel chains. This week I will publish several articles about London and Dublin hotels.

London Hotel Rates and Competitive Set Hotel Pricing

There are distinct sets of hotel rates seen on Kayak.com when searching chain hotels in London and Dublin. Hotels with similar room rates are often part of a hotel competitive set. Similar class hotels in a limited range area tend to charge a similar rate so shoppers are not attracted to a lower room rate to one particular brand over another when booking rooms. The system is one hotels prefer since research shows lower room rates than other hotels in the competitive set is poor business practice with a reduction in revenue. Competitive set pricing in 2014 means hotels push rates higher and follow each other’s lead. In a popular place like London, hotel rates are sky high.

This article shows examples of competitive set hotel pricing. I limited my searches to major chain hotels in London. Filtering for hotel rates high to low revealed hotel pricing in London operates within small price range zones of hotels. The luxury hotels segment in London is $400 and up with a selection of chain brand hotels in the $400 to $450 per night range. Here you find InterContinental, Marriott and Starwood Luxury Collection. The next segment ranges from $320 to $380, where one finds more than a dozen brand names like Andaz, Hilton’s new Conrad St. James, Hotel Indigo, and a rare Marriott Edition London. The majority of this hotel competitive set is more narrowly ranged from $320 to $350 per night hotels.

Can Points Pave the Way to London Hotels?

Those are scary hotel rates in London considering a $300 to $400 per night room for seven nights is a $2,100 to $2,800 trip expense.

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IHG Rewards Club has been selling points with numerous promotions lately. I guess they figure if members are willing to pay a purchase rate of $70 for 10,000 points by booking Points & Cash Rewards and then cancelling them to keep the points, then there is a buying market among members at a certain price point below the normal $11.50 rate through Points.com.

Is the current offer a good deal? Buy IHG Points with 60% bonus (Points.com link).

Buy IHG Rewards Club Points Current Offer October 1-31, 2014

Get up to 60% bonus points when you buy 5,000 or more IHG® Rewards Club points, from now until October 31, 2014:*

• Purchase 5,000 to 19,000 points and get a 30% bonus
• Purchase 20,000 to 39,000 points and get a 40% bonus
• Purchase 40,000 to 49,000 points and get a 50% bonus
• Purchase 50,000 to 60,000 points and get a 60% bonus

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I finally was able to register and see my IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights promotion offer. This post is titled My IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer since this is a targeted promotion and your offer is likely something different.

After difficulty all day yesterday accessing the offer, the promotion tasks I received look easily doable for a bonus potentially worth more than double my estimated cost to fulfill the promotion offer.

IHG Into the Nights tasks

Five tasks for 10,500 bonus points.

1. Download IHG mobile app and book one stay = 500 points.

2. Stay 3 nights at any IHG properties during Sep 1-Dec 31 = 2,000 points.

3. Book 2 stays at IHG website or mobile site = 2,000 points.

4. Stay 2 Saturdays at any IHG hotel = 4,000 points.

5. Stay at 2 Holiday Inn hotels = 2,000 points.

  • Complete 3 tasks and earn additional 25,000 bonus points or one free night.

This can be done with 2 one-night Saturday stays at any IHG brand booked over my phone.

  • Complete 5 tasks and earn another 25,000 bonus points or one free night.

I can complete all five tasks with 2 stays and 3 nights at Holiday Inn. I normally book Saturday stays anyway.

The deal with targeted promotions is the best offers often go to the members who stay infrequently. That is my case this time around.

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Do not think you are alone for all of you who read the IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offers posted by Mommy Points and One Mile at a Time this morning, clicked the link, entered your membership number and PIN, to see this message:

IHG Into the Nights

“We are sorry, but there was an error. Please try again later.”

I logged into my account and searched around the links. There is no offer posted to my account yet.

Don’t you love targeted loyalty promotions?

Guess I can write a GrawliX-Files post instead. There has been some crazy s#@t happening in Mallorca, Spain this summer.

Or perhaps I’ll post some photos of Oslo, Norway from my afternoon walk today in the brilliant sun and 70F temperature.

IHG Rewards Club has many of us in the dark this Thursday, advertised as the launch of the new IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights promotion.

A successful Best Price Guarantee claim with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) awards one free night for a reservation booked through IHG. A lower room rate for the same date and room type on a third party online travel agency site like Expedia is an opportunity to book a best rate guarantee claim.

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Here is a another look at U.S. News & World Report Travel Rewards Programs rankings released this week. My earlier post asked, Do you agree Marriott Rewards is top hotel rewards program? and this post 2014-15 Best Hotel Rewards Programs U.S. News & World Report gives an overview of the survey.

IHG Rewards Club ranks high in U.S. News & World Report Travel Rewards Survey. My feeling is that all hotel program comparative surveys hold limited value in choosing a hotel loyalty program. This post looks at IHG Rewards Club, the second highest rated hotel rewards program in the USNWR survey. Loyalty Traveler takes a look at the program synopsis in the U.S. News & World Report survey and some of the real value of IHG Rewards Club missing in the program details.

#2 IHG Rewards Club

IHG Rewards Club is a large hotel loyalty program closing in on 5,000 hotels worldwide with more than 70 million members. One of the ‘Pros’ given by USNWR is points can be used for hotels outside the IHG family of hotels. This is true and in the past I have shown how some Hilton-brand hotels required fewer IHG points than HHonors points to book. I have not done that analysis in a couple of years.

Last year I interviewed Don Berg, VP of IHG Global Loyalty Programs. One of the points he emphasized is IHG points can be used for so many purchases besides hotel nights. Two managers with IHG told me about how they used their points to make household purchases like major appliances.

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IHG Rewards Club says my traveler type is local connoisseur. You can check out your traveler type too by answering several questions about your travel preferences at www.ihg.com/rewardingexperiences.

IHG Local Connoisseur

I am a local connoisseur according to my IHG quiz answers. I agree with that type. My toughest choice was whether to say I was born to ride in an electric car or bus. A hot air balloon is my true travel transportation desire. One of these days, maybe, but that is not really a practical Point A to Point B type of travel.

I chose electric car since that is my aspiration. The bus is much more my personal experience though. I have seen a lot of the UK and Ireland and the USA by bus.

And I was born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus
Rollin’ down Highway 41

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
When it’s time for leavin’, I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

Allman Brothers Band – Ramblin’ Man Lyrics

My mother had the comfort of a hospital. I did travel many thousands of miles in cars as a child. And many thousands of miles in busses as a teenager.

The quiz item I could most relate to is I’d walk a mile for….. a view. I have logged in thousands of miles on my feet for the views.

Rocky Mountain NP

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, July 2013

Air travel sure cuts the time to reach different places. Once I am there, I want to meet local people and the local wildlife and imagine what it would be like to live locally.

After 24 years of travel and living in other places, I came back to my home base of Monterey in 2001. It feels good to be connected to a place.

What is your traveler type? Find out at IHG Rewarding Experiences.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. Check out current hotel loyalty program offers across all the major chains in Loyalty Traveler’s monthly hotel promotions guide.

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There is an IHG Rewards Club buy 60% bonus points promotion to August 18 on purchases of 10,000 points or more.

You may purchase points in 1,000 increments:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

IHG Rewards Club Buy Points Rates with 60% bonus

$135 = 10,000 points + 6,000 points = 16,000 points ($8.44 per 1,000)

$137.50 = 17,600 points ($7.81 per 1,000 points)

$299.00 = 41,600 points ($7.19 per 1,000 points)

IHG buy points 60 bonus

Buy IHG Rewards Club points by August 18, 2014 for 60% bonus points.

IHG Rewards Club program Terms & Conditions state a member may buy 50,000 points in a calendar year. That is outdated. The limit was increased to 60,000 points a couple years ago. And the current sale wording indicates a much higher annual points purchase limit for IHG Rewards Club members.

Members may purchase a maximum of 120,000 points per calendar year and receive as a gift a maximum of 120,000 points per calendar year.

IHG Rewards Club points were available through Daily Getaways this year from late May to July 4 at the price of $567 for 100,000 points. Those points packages did not sell out.

Loyalty Traveler – Daily Getaways IHG Points Did Not Sell Out (May 26)

The current sale is a decent offer if you have an immediate use for points like the current PointBreaks list for hotel reward nights at 5,000 points per night.

Loyalty Traveler: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks July 28 to September 30, 2014 (July 26, 2014)

Otherwise, simply buy points as needed using Points & Cash option for award nights at rate of $70 per 10,000 points. Points purchased for Points & Cash Awards do not count toward the annual purchase limit. Members keep the points purchased for Points & Cash reward nights when the Points & Cash reward stay is cancelled. This is a way to buy points at an even lower rate of $7.00 per 1,000 points compared to the current 60% bonus points offer.

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InterContinental Hotels Group opened the first hotel in their fitness and wellness brand EVEN in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut this week. The central idea of the hotel brand is catering to people who want an active wellness lifestyle through environment, diet and exercise.

Be Well-comed with infused cool water and scented hand towels. Reminds me of an in-flight before meal experience.

The hotel is four-story, 129 rooms, with public work areas, dining and social areas, natural outdoor spaces, and fitness centers. There are four more hotels in the works with two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and one in Rockville, MD. These are all high income bracket centers of commerce.

Even hotel photo

IHG Even Hotels

EVEN Norwalk Rate Check

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This post summarizes dozens of hotel loyalty promotion offers in the major hotel chains currently available in the month of June 2014 for hotel stays this month and beyond.

Last update: June 3, 2014

Please send me an email at ricgarrido@loyaltytraveler.com if you know of a good hotel promotion not listed here.

Summer 2014 Hotel Loyalty Promotions

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