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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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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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.

Follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.

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