Saturday night we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport on a package rate of 5,000 points and Breakfast. Our flight arrived at 11pm, which made an airport hotel the best choice. Airport hotel location is relative in Denver where the closest set of hotels are about ten miles from the airport.

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport 5K bonus points and Breakfast Rate

The deal for Crowne Plaza Denver Airport is the lowest rate was $81 for an advance purchase nonrefundable rate or $85 for day of arrival flexible cancellation AAA rate for our stay.

I have given little attention to IHG bonus points and breakfast rates until the IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer. Booking a bonus points and breakfast rate is one of my tasks for Into the Nights. The bonus points and breakfast rate for Crowne Plaza Denver Airport was $104.

For $23 more than the lowest available rate or about $27 after tax, the $104 rate included:

  • 5,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points.
  • Breakfast buffet for two.

I consider the points to be a $30 to $35 value based on the points purchase price.

Breakfast buffet at the hotel was $13.99 per person + tax for $30.27 for two persons.

Certainly IHG Bonus Points and Breakfast rates are worth checking if there are two persons staying, you plan to eat breakfast at the hotel and you like bonus points.

5,000 bonus points will pay for my next PointBreaks hotel.

Crown Plaza DIA

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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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October saw a further erosion of customer trust in hotel loyalty programs.

In the past four months we have seen Marriott Rewards drastically change the terms for its Rewards Plus program two months into a six month long promotion. The promotion required only eight social media actions on Facebook and Twitter to earn 2,000 points in May and June, then in July changed to 80 actions to earn 2,000 points. We watched IHG Rewards Club disintegrate its social credibility with the Into the Nights fiasco with changes to members’ tasks six weeks after the promotion launched. Even the Europeans faltered when Le Club Accorhotels dropped its 5,000 bonus Aeroplan miles promotion on October 27, less than four weeks into a three month promotion, after they discovered customer overenthusiasm at earning Le Club Accorhotels Platinum elite membership after three stays, along with 15,000+ Aeroplan miles.

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

Loyalty Traveler November 2014 Hotel Promotions Guide 

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IHG Rewards Club has The Venetian and The Palazzo on sale for 50% IHG points for 24 hours only beginning at 12 noon ET today. These Las Vegas properties are InterContinental Alliance Resorts partners with IHG. Normally the cost for a reward night is 50,000 points. For 24 hours members can book these resorts for 25,000 points per night for stays November 16 – April 10, 2015. There are some blackout dates, and I assume December 31, 2014 is one of those.

Here are the URLs to the sale:

IHGRC: http://www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/global/offers/offers/vpflashsale

InterContinental: http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/global/offers/vpflashsale

There will be also be an IHG 48-hour sale with paid rate discounts for 600 hotels in Europe beginning 9pm ET or 6pm PT today. The start times I calculated based on the webpage clock. The website states IHG members will get into the sale 24 hours early when using the IHG app, but I checked rates for Dublin and London this morning and the rates are the same as they have been all week, so I am not seeing any discounts yet through IHG app.

IHG 48-hour sale

Loyalty Traveler post: IHG 48 hour sale at 600 hotels in Europe October 31, 2014

Related Loyalty Traveler post: Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas for 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points at 24 hour flash sale October 30

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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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One of my interests on Loyalty Traveler is deconstructing hotel rates. I analyze hotel rates from a consumer perspective since I want to find the best value for hotel spend. For many travelers the lodging component of travel is the biggest trip expense.

Since IHG Rewards Club changed nearly all my tasks for the Into the Nights promotion (Sep 4-Dec 31, 2014) last week, I have made my first extensive analysis of IHG ‘bonus points with breakfast rates’. Booking one of these rates is now on my list of tasks to complete for the Into the Nights promotion. Loyalty Traveler – Dealing with IHG Into the Nights Fiasco.

What I found is IHG is using this Into the Nights promotion to upsell members a value added package rate.  There is a dedicated link for finding bonus points package rates. The bonus points package rates shown are all Best Flexible Rates for the hotel. Using the Bonus Points Package rate link excludes lower rates at the hotel seen when checking www.ihg.com compared to the lowest rates shown when using the dedicated link to find IHG ‘Bonus Points with Breakfast’ package rates.

You need to check both booking sites on IHG to determine how much additional money is charged for bonus points and breakfast at the hotel.

IHG Into the Nights Bonus Points with Breakfast Package Rates

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I booked another stay today using the IHG mobile app on my iPhone. The reservation booking worked nicely with easy navigation for entering dates and searching hotel rates. IHG mobile app and bonus points breakfast package for Into the Nights is my restart of the journey into the IHG Rewards Club Clusterf@#k 2014.

For those of you who are still with IHG Into the Nights promotion after sudden task changes last week, some six weeks into the September 4 to December 31, 2014 promotion period, here is my assessment of the IHG mobile app and bonus points breakfast package rates.

IHG bonus points breakfast package rates can be a great deal. The reservation I booked a few minutes ago is for 5,000 bonus points and breakfast rate.

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport for one weekend night in November has the lowest rate listed at $85 room rate with breakfast or $101.48 after tax for an advance purchase, prepaid, nonrefundable rate including breakfast for two persons. There is a $5 charge for the second person in the room making the actual rate $90 for 2 persons.

IHG CP DEN BAR

Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport is $89 Best Flexible Rate, aka BAR, the rate which allows cancellation without penalty up to 4pm day of arrival. The rate is $101.35 after tax.

Bonus Points Packages + Breakfast Rate 

My hypothesis is IHG is trying to convince guests to pay more for value added benefits during hotel stays with Into the Nights. An IHG hotel like Crowne Plaza Denver Airport has a restaurant and getting people to eat there is a benefit to the hotel. In general, getting loyalty members used to paying more for add-on benefits looks like a move into the business model adopted last decade for airlines with surcharges for every little benefit.

In this case though, the deal is really good for the breakfast and points rate at Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport.

IHG CP DEN 5K rate

5,000 bonus points + breakfast for 2 persons rate is $104 or $117.26 after tax.

Buying 5,000 points for $16 is a fantastic deal with IHG Rewards Club points. This is an additional $16 compared to the nonrefundable advance purchase breakfast rate at the hotel. Best Flexible Package rate for 5,000 points and breakfast for two is only an additional $17 compared to the room only Best Flexible Rate.

5,000 bonus points and breakfast package rate is a cheap add-on for Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport. I would not hesitate to buy IHG Rewards Club points at $4 per 1,000 points so this is a good value added benefit.

IHG Rewards Club offers plenty of hotels where reward stay redemption value will exceed the cost of points with the bonus points and breakfast package rate.

Cancelling my previously booked IHG App reservation for the IHG Into the Nights promotion with a Holiday Inn stay on a Saturday night was easy too on my iPhone.

A week ago my IHG Into the Nights offer for two free nights changed from five tasks requiring only three nights to complete and earn two free nights with IHG in 2015 to six tasks requiring either a minimum seven nights or IHG stays in two countries outside the USA.

IHG came out with a statement last week that some members received the incorrect offer upon original registration in September and some members, like me, saw their tasks change last week, some six weeks into the four month promotion. IHG states the new offers are the correct offers. Some members report on FlyerTalk their offers reverted back to the older tasks assigned at registration.

My tasks completely changed last week from the original offer I received when I registered September 5, 2014. I mentioned on my blog My IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer (Sep 5, 2014) that I had difficulty all day when trying to register for IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights promotion on the previous day. My offer looked easily achievable to me with three hotel nights including two Holiday Inn Saturday night stays.

IHG has not reverted my offer back to the original offer I received upon registration in early September.

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IHG Rewards Club tweeted The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas for 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night at a 24 hour flash sale set for Thursday, October 30, 2014 at noon EDT for 50% off reward nights.

IHG Venetian Oct 30 half-off rewards

The deal here is 25,000 points is a good value, especially for weekend nights when rates are far higher than weekdays at these Las Vegas resorts. There are likely capacity controls to the number of reward nights each date, so plan to be ready at noon eastern time if you want a weekend reward night points discount for The Venetian or the Palazzo.

These two Las Vegas resort properties are InterContinental Alliance Resorts affiliated with IHG Rewards Club. Both Las Vegas properties are adjacent to each other and share swimming pools. The hotels feature rooms that are about twice the size of a standard hotel room.

IHG Palazzo

Normal price for a reward night at The Venetian or The Palazzo is 50,000 points per night with IHG Rewards Club. The 50% discount rate reduces the reward night cost to 25,000 points per night on October 30, 2014.

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IHG 48 hour sale at 600 hotels in Europe October 31, 2014

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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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IHG 48 hour sale at 600 hotels in Europe will begin at 00:01am October 31 (London time). Based on the countdown clock time, I calculate the sale starts 5pm Thursday, October 30 Pacific time and 8pm Eastern time in the USA.

IHG 48 hour sale-10-30-14

Perhaps a reader can verify my time calculations. Clocks roll back in London one hour October 26. Currently, there is an 8 hour time difference between London and California. I calculate a 7 hour time difference from 00:01 on October 31, since the US does not end daylight savings until November 2. The timer includes the additional hour when clocks roll back in London, so the sale starts at 5pm California time and 8pm Eastern time on October 30.

Not long to go now!

Don’t miss this opportunity to have a winter holiday experience you’ll never forget by bagging yourself a bargain in our 48hr winter sale.

The sale kicks off at 00:01AM on 31 October 2014 with amazing discounts on rooms at over 600 participating IHG® Hotels across Europe.

So grab a strong coffee and countdown to midnight, or get one step ahead of the pack and download our free IHG® Rewards Club app which will enable you to book 24hr’s before anyone else.

IHG 48 hour sale

Why is this IHG 48 hour sale significant?

IHG would have been my go to hotel chain in past years for London hotel stay discounts. IHG hotels are far more expensive in 2014 than in the past.

For years, one of the best discounts for London was InterContinental Hotels Group 2-for-1 rates. From 2007 to 2012, IHG 2-for-1 rates in Europe kept the price of hotels down to an average of $100 per night in London and even lower in many other places around Europe. The 2-for-1 rates were available all year. Paris was never as easy to find with 2-for-1 rates.

I published Loyalty Traveler articles from 2007 to 2013 every few months showing how travelers could go to London and Europe with 2-night stays at a time on deep discount IHG hotel rates. IHG 2-for-1 Rate Analysis for London and Barcelona (August 31, 2012). These rates typically did not earn IHG points, but at 50% discounts, points were not as significant as cash saved.

IHG dropped regularly available 2-for-1 discounts rates in 2013. The best deal in 2013 was 3rd night free for IHG in Europe and 35% discount rates. Then, IHG dropped its Europe weekend discount rates in 2014. This is a major change after so many years of discount rates readily available in London.

2014 IHG discounts for Europe Hotels have been limited time offers

There were some IHG discount rates for Europe for summer 2014. There was an IHG summer weekend 50% off sale for stays from July 18 to September 28, 2014. There were several InterContinental Hotels priced around 70EUR per night. That IHG deal had to be booked by July 31, 2014. I was whitewater rafting on the Tuolumne River near Yosemite that week and apparently I never wrote about that sale. Loyalty Lobby shows some of the deep discounts available in his post. These rates were prepaid and nonrefundable.

IHG also had 30% off and 4 nights for price of 3 nights deals for Europe in summer 2014. Loyalty Traveler – IHG Europe 4-for-3 rates or 30% off July 4-September 4.

The 48 hour sale next week may be one of the best deals for booking discount hotel rates in Europe at Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental, Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express hotels.

Check back with the IHG app since you might be able to begin booking in the USA on Wednesday, October 29 if that is the 24 hour advance window? Or perhaps the 12:01 am (London time), October 31 is the start time for IHG App bookings?

As many of us have learned the past two months, IHG promotion terms are often confusing, conflicting and clusterf@#ked.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k (October 20, 2014)

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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.

Follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.

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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