InterContinental Dublin opens January 1, 2015 when the Four Seasons Dublin rebrands. The Four Seasons Dublin Hotel is located in south Dublin in the area of Ballsbridge, but within walking distance of Trinity College in Dublin city center or the Dublin Bay coast. The hotel was voted one of Ireland’s Top 25 luxury hotels for 2014 on TripAdvisor.com.

InterContinental Dublin hotel will be 197 rooms. The public areas, meeting rooms and restaurant will undergo renovation as part of a five-year property improvement plan. The hotel was originally built in 2001 and then purchased by the current owners London & Regional in 2011 for 15 million EUR, about 25% of the price to build the hotel ten years earlier. IHG says they are interested in opening a Hotel Indigo in Dublin too – Irish Times.

The property was rumored to become a Hyatt managed hotel, but IHG won out. As someone who sought out an IHG hotel in Dublin last month for my Into the Nights task of staying in two countries outside the USA, there are slim pickings in Dublin with two airport hotels at Northwood and one Crowne Plaza at Blanchardstown, northwest in the Dublin suburbs, miles from central Dublin.

InterContinental Dublin will offer a Dublin location away from the bustling and congested city center, yet with easy access to central Dublin on foot or public transportation.

Four Seasons Dublin

Four Seasons Dublin currently ranks #10 of 176 Dublin hotels.

Four Seasons Dublin map

Four Seasons Dublin is about one mile south of Dublin city center and the River Liffey.

Four Seasons Dublin city map

Big news in the IHG world with the acquisition of U.S. based Kimpton Hotels upper upscale boutique chain and a new InterContinental Dublin announced in the past 24 hours. Loyalty Traveler – IHG acquires Kimpton Hotels boutique chain, but don’t expect PointBreaks deals in 2015.

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IHG acquires Kimpton Hotels boutique chain in a $430 million deal, but don’t expect PointBreaks deals in 2015 for your favorite Kimpton. The best we can expect for IHG in the near future is maybe they will pick up some of Kimpton’s IT savvy and laid back California charm to counterbalance the IHG UK corporate face and troublesome promotion roll outs.

Kimpton Hotels manages 62 hotels around the USA and has another 16 hotels in the pipeline. IHG currently has Hotel Indigo as its boutique brand and EVEN, a new fitness-focused brand recently launched. The acquisition of Kimpton will double the IHG boutique portfolio and put the chain at nearly 200 boutique hotels. In general, Kimpton Hotels will be more upscale than Hotel Indigo.

In the short-term, Kimpton will maintain its Kimpton Karma loyalty program. I don’t think the loyalty programs will merge until the latter half of 2015 based on the time it has taken Marriott to merge with AC Hotels and Protea after those chains were purchased. On the other hand, Hyatt was able to integrate Avia (Andaz) and Sierra Suites (Hyatt HOUSE) into its program quickly, but Hyatt is not the behemoth organization IHG. In time, we should get word on how IHG and Kimpton plan to integrate loyalty programs and categorize the Kimpton Hotels for IHG Rewards Club points.

I imagine Kimpton will retain its own name brand in IHG since the brand recognition and attitude to Kimpton Hotels is highly favorable. Kimpton has made a name for itself by remodeling historic buildings in urban centers into designer boutique hotels. Kimpton will fill a slot below InterContinental Hotels luxury segment. IHG brands Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo fall into the Upscale Hotels market segment as categorized by Smith Travel Research, the Tennessee based hotel data company. Upscale brands in other chains are Starwood Hotels Four Points, Marriott Courtyard, Hyatt Place and DoubleTree.

IHG has a serious gap in the Upper Upscale Hotels market segment where brands like Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, Hyatt Regency, Hilton and Embassy Suites hotel brands reside in terms of their average daily rate.

Kimpton is firmly in the upper upscale hotel market segment for the USA and will fill that void in IHG between luxury InterContinental Hotels and the often times ageing Crowne Plaza hotels and the small footprint of Hotel Indigo brand, which seem like second tier boutique hotels in many locations.

IHG says they see Kimpton rolling out internationally as a hotel brand of IHG.

I don’t expect points bargains when IHG integrates Kimpton Hotels for reward nights with IHG Rewards Club points. Most of the Kimpton properties should fall in the 30,000 to 50,000 points range. I doubt we will see the integration before summer 2015 and perhaps not until 2016.

Personally, I love the fact that San Francisco with IHG will become a bit like London with Club Carlson and its 18 Radisson Edwardian hotels. Kimpton has 9 hotels in San Francisco and 17 in California.

Kimpton Karma

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Many of us IHG Rewards Club members received the IHG Set Your Sights Holiday Inn Club Vacations package task. First thing to know is this is a time share sales pitch task. I subjected my family to a timeshare pitch at Hyatt Carmel Highlands a couple years ago and truly regretted wasting a few hours of our family gathering for a $150 hotel credit.

Here are the terms I gathered from a telephone consultation about the Holiday Inn Club Vacations mini-vacation package.

Participating Resorts

  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando – Orange Lake Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Las Vegas – Desert Club Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Myrtle Beach – South Beach
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg – Smoky Mountain Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral – Beach Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort

There is currently an offer for $199 + tax for three nights in any of these six properties. You buy a certificate and you have one year to redeem the certificate. If this is a task I wanted to complete, I would sit on the phone and get set dates before my purchase. There are peak season dates with higher rates.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Las Vegas – Desert Club Resort had spring break peak season dates from March 6 to April 11, 2015. I assume the other hotels have similar peak season dates and maybe more.

Here are basic questions I answered to determine eligibility

Marital status: if married, partners must travel together to timeshare event.

Must be 23 years or over.

Is your annual income over $50,000?

No bankruptcy on records.

Need Passport or driver’s license and credit card.

Package certificate good for 12 months from date of purchase.

$99 additional fee to $199 if stay is in peak season dates.

Fee to change stay dates $20 total, if 4 days or more.  Fee is $99 to change dates within 3 days of arrival.

2 hour timeshare presentation is part of package requirements.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations promo

Now for the Good News

There is currently an offer to a $100 Holiday Inn rebate or 20,000 points.

My Set Your Sights offer is 5,000 points for booking the Holiday Inn Club Vacations mini-vacation package. The three nights count as eligible nights for the six total nights I need for Set Your Sights. And there is either a $100 rebate or 20,000 points.

That can be a good deal if you want to visit one of the locations with these timeshare properties.

Personally, I’ll likely go for six nights if I do this IHG Set Your Sights promotion. I know my wife has no interest in going to Las Vegas for a timeshare, no matter how many points can be earned.

 

Terms & Conditions for my Set Your Sights task for 5,000 points.

Book a mini-vacation package at a qualifying Holiday Inn Club Vacations® property and earn 5,000 bonus points.

Must be an IHG® Rewards Club member and must register your member number in advance to participate in this Offer (“Registration”). Number of bonus points listed above will be awarded after member books a Qualifying mini-vacation rate, between 1 January 2015 and 30 April 2015 (both dates inclusive) at participating Holiday Inn Club Vacation properties. The points will only be awarded for the first qualified mini-vacation booking only. Please allow up to 4 to 6 weeks for points to be credited after booking. The Offer is subject to the General Promotion Terms and standard IHG® Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting http://www.ihgrewardsclub.com. This exclusive Offer is valid and applies to the original recipient only. IHG® reserves the right to remove a member’s bonus points if fraudulent use of the Offer is detected. IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG® reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer. Holiday Inn Club Vacations® resorts are independently owned and operated and are not owned or operated or by the owner of the Holiday Inn® brand. Any timeshare sales are being independently marketed for sale and are not marketed by the owner of the Holiday Inn brand.


Participating Resorts

  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando – Orange Lake Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Las Vegas – Desert Club Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Myrtle Beach – South Beach
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg – Smoky Mountain Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral – Beach Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort

In a promotion similar to the soon-to-end Into the Nights, IHG follows up with Set Your Sights. Basically the same structure of individualized tasks from IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights is used for Set Your Sights with 50,000 bonus points total for most members. No free nights choice this round.

IHG Rewards Club members worldwide can register for Set Your Sights beginning December 15. Eligible stays from January 1 to April 30, 2015 inclusive count for these tasks.

IHG Set Your Sights

IHG Set Your Sights on tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015

I checked Kelley’s IHG Rewards Club Set Your Sights tasks first.

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My final two IHG Into the Nights tasks posted for 2 free nights. This promotion had me excited in September when I was sitting in a Clarion Collection hotel room in Oslo and saw that I needed to only stay 3 nights with two Saturday nights at a Holiday Inn to earn two free nights.

Then, in October, I logged into my Into the Nights dashboard to see my five tasks had changed to a completely different set of six tasks, which would earn two free nights if I completed five of the six tasks. The limiting factor was either 7 hotel nights or two hotel stays in two different countries outside the USA. I stayed at Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport on a bonus points with breakfast rate three weeks ago and Holiday Day Inn Express Dublin Airport last week to complete my five tasks in two hotel nights.

This morning my IHG Into the Nights dashboard updated to show I have completed five tasks in my two 1-night hotel stays.

IHG Into the Nights tasks complete

Taking two free nights rather than 21,300 bonus points is a no brainer.

IHG into the Nights Reward choice

It is likely I will redeem the two free nights for an InterContinental Hotel in Europe next summer for some place like London Park Lane or The Amstel, Amsterdam.

InterContinental Park Lane

IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k Bonus Round

While I am happy to have earned two free nights for $235 on two paid hotel stays I needed anyway in London and Dublin, I have to laugh at the IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k Bonus Round opportunity presented to me upon completion of the original tasks for free nights.

IHG Into the Nights Bonus Offers

My congratulations on completing Into the Nights included another set of Bonus Offers tasks for more points. The Bonus Offers page states I can earn 20,000 points for completion of six tasks, however, there are only two tasks shown offering bonus points for a total 6,000 points.

This would be a decent offer, except for the stay 3 nights limitation. We still need 3 IHG stays to complete Kelley’s offer for two free nights. Those 3 nights on Kelley’s account are worth far more than 26,000 bonus points in my account.

Loyalty Traveler Into the Nights

My IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights offer (Sep 5, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights great promotion for new members (Oct 13, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights Clusterf#*k (Oct 20, 2014)

Dealing with IHG Into the Nights Fiasco (Oct 26, 2014)

IHG upsell rates with Into the Nights promotion links (Oct 27, 2014)

IHG Into the Nights fiasco deconstructed (Oct 29, 2014)

Holiday Inn London Gatwick for IHG Into the Nights (Nov 24, 2014)

Completed my IHG Into the Nights in 2 nights for $235? (Dec 8, 2014)

I believe I have completed the five tasks for my IHG Into the Nights bonus of two free nights.

Or have I?

My two stays from Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport and Holiday Day Inn Express Dublin Airport posted to my account. Yet, only three of my five tasks on the IHG Into the Nights “Track your Status” page show completed.

IHG Into the Nights tracker

3 0f 5 offers completed with Take our survey, Bonus Points Package with breakfast, and Apply for IHG Rewards Club credit card.

Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport offered a 5,000 bonus points with breakfast rate at £83 GBP for a Saturday night when I flew into London Gatwick from Dublin on RyanAir. That is $130 to $135 USD depending on the bank exchange rate for my IHG MasterCard.

The lowest rate I could have booked was £47 GBP ($76 USD) on an advance purchase, prepaid rate. The additional $55 purchased 5,000 points and breakfast and completed the Into the Nights Bonus Point Package task for an additional 2,000 points.

Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport was a hotel night before flying back to the USA last week. The hotel stay posted to my IHG account, but the stay has not registered on my Into the Nights tracker yet. I booked this stay through the IHG mobile app for €80.00 EUR which came out to a few cents over $100 with the currency exchange.

Globetrotter Travel 2 times internationally task fine print required a hotel stay in two different countries outside the USA. “Only one hotel stay per distinct country outside of your country of residence as indicated on your membership profile at the time of the promotion will be counted towards this Offer.”

This is why I booked IHG hotels in both the UK and Ireland.

Total expense = $235 USD for two one-night hotel stays in London and Dublin.

Projected benefit = 19,500 bonus points (Into the Nights bonuses) + 5,000 points (bonus points package on Gatwick stay) + 3,034 points (hotel spend) + 2 free nights at any IHG hotel in 2015.

27,534 points + 2 free nights for $235 makes the IHG Into the Nights promotion a good value for my hotel travel in fall 2014.

If IHG Into the Nights updates my promotion status tracker in the next three weeks to show I finished all five tasks for the two free nights.

If all goes accordingly as I planned, then my one night stay at Holiday Inn London Gatwick Airport will be one of two hotel stays I need to earn two free nights with IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights promotion. My second stay to complete five tasks needed to earn two free nights at any IHG hotel worldwide will be next week at Dublin Airport, Ireland.

Way back on September 5, 2014, I registered for IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights and received a set of 5 tasks to complete for two free nights. These tasks would have required staying in a Holiday Inn on two Saturday nights and one other hotel stay at an IHG property.

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The new list of hotels participating in IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks November 24 to February 28 is posted on the IHGRewardingExperiences website. There are more than 150 properties including two InterContinental Hotels with Merida, Mexico and InterContinental Palace Port Ghalib Resort, Egypt.

In typical IHG fashion, there is limited geographic information. I have ordered the list by state and country to help readers plan for Monday bookings.

IHG PointBreaks hotels are 5,000 points per night and will be available for booking by Monday, November 24.

IHG PointBreaks Nov 24 to Feb 28, 2015 by State and Country

USA

Alabama

Arkansas

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

North Carolina

New Jersey

New Mexico

Nevada

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Canada

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Ecuador

Mexico

Panama

Europe

Belgium

Egypt

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Russia

Spain

Switzerland

Turkey

United Kingdom

Asia

China

India

Indonesia

Malaysia

Thailand

Middle East

Jordan

Mauritius

Qatar

United Arab Emirates

Crowne Plaza Dundalk would be a good deal for my stay in Ireland next week if I were not booking paid stays for Into the Nights.

IHG Rewards Club launched ‘India Free Nights’ for residents of India and Nepal. Stay 3 nights at any of 21 IHG hotels in India and Nepal from November 17 to April 30, 2015 and earn one free night for any IHG hotel worldwide. There is a limit of three free nights per member that may be earned with this offer. Free nights expire December 31, 2015.

IHG Rewards Club India Free Nights promotion link.

Offer details:

  • You must be a member of IHG® Rewards Club and must register to qualify for this promotion
  • The three qualifying nights need not be consecutive, and can be spent at any IHG® hotel across India and Nepal
  • The offer is valid between 17 November 2014 and 30 April 2015
  • You can earn a maximum of three reward nights during this offer period to be redeemed before 31 December 2015.

This is a good value promotion for India and Nepal.

IHG India Free Nights

“India and Nepal Free Nights” Promotion Terms and Conditions

  • You must be an IHG® Rewards Club member residing in India and Nepal (“Member”) and must register your member number in advance to participate in “India Free Nights” (“Promotion”).
  • To join IHG® Rewards Club, visit www.ihgrewardsclub.com. Membership is free.
  • A Member who successfully registered and completes three (3) nights at any IHG® properties in India and Nepal will be awarded one (1) free night at any IHG® hotel globally subject to availability. Members can earn a maximum of up to 3 free nights for the promotion during the stay period between 17 November 2014 to 30 April 2015.
  • A registered Member who completes their 3 nights will be rewarded an IHG® Rewards Club free night into their member account within 7 working days of every qualified 3rd night stay completion. Free night counts towards Elite Status as per IHG® Rewards Club policies and is subjected to IHG® Rewards Club terms and conditions.
  • The qualified IHG® brands that count towards the promotion earning are InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®. The first stay can be counted towards earning free night as long as guests enroll and register for promotion before they check out from property.
  • A Stay is defined per IHG® Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out (“Stay”). A Stay constitutes a “Qualifying Stay” when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates.
  • Free Nights are not issued for Stays at the following reduced room rates (Non-Qualifying Room Rates or Non-Qualifying Stay): net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, most rates booked through most third party web sites, complimentary hotel Stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate at IHG’s sole discretion.
  • Only one room per member per Stay will be awarded the applicable Free Nights. No retroactive Free Nights will be awarded for Stays prior to Registration.
  • This Promotion is subject to standard IHG® Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditionsand earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting www.ihgrewardsclub.com.
  • This exclusive Promotion is valid and applies to the original recipient only. IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to remove a member’s Free Night if fraudulent use of the Promotion is detected.
  • IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG® reserves the right of final interpretation of these Terms and Conditions.
    Free Night redemption
  • Free Nights earned are applicable only to the room nights and privileges specifically provided by this Promotion and supporting Offers at IHG’s discretion, and are not comparable with IHG® Rewards Club Reward Night (redeemed by points) or any other room nights.
  • Free Nights earned from Stays, as defined in the India Free Nights terms, completed during Registration must be claimed by 31 December 2015. Any Free Nights which have not been redeemed by 31 December 2015 will be forfeited.
  • Free Nights can be redeemed at any IHG® hotel property globally and may not be transferred. Rooms are subject to availability and may not be transferred.
  • A Free Night is valid only for one standard room night rate and applicable taxes not including breakfast, except at Holiday Inn Express, where breakfast is complimentary
  • Redemption is subject to availability of the rooms of hotels specially provided for this promotion.
  • Free Nights shall be redeemed on first-come and first-served basis. Redemptions must be made 24 hours in advance by logging in to the member account on www.ihgrewardsclub.com.
  • Cancellation or changes must be made 48 hours prior to 6 P.M. of arrival date. Any changes or cancellation after that will be deemed to be a no show, and the Free Night credit will be removed from member’s IHG® Rewards Club account.
  • Free Nights cannot be exchanged for cash or points and are not transferrable in the system to other members and guests.
  • IHG® reserves the right to remove a member’s Free Night reward if fraudulent use of the Offer is detected. IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG® reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer

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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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Last night I received an email from IHG with the subject line “Get 5,000 Points Back in Your Account”. The deal is receive a 5,000 points rebate on a Points with Cash Reward stay by December 31, 2014. That is like getting a $35 rebate since a Points and Cash Reward night is $70 to buy 10,000 points.

Make the most out of your points and book a Reward Night using a combination of your IHG Rewards Club points and cash. With the Points and Cash program you can book your next Reward Night, at any of our 4,700 hotels worldwide, without waiting to accumulate more points. Plus, stay now through December 31st and we will refill your account with 5,000 points.

IHG Rewards Club email November 12, 2014

I checked IHG hotel rates for several cities where I plan to be in the next six weeks and found lots of low room rates around $80 to $110, which makes a Points with Cash reward unfeasible. A hotel reward rate of 20,000 points takes 10,000 points + $70. Net cost after rebate is $70 + 5,000 points. That is not a savings on hotels with a room rate below $100 and a small savings on hotel rates up to $120 after tax.

Best deal is if you can find a low category hotel of 15,000 or 20,000 points per night with a high room rate. Second best deal is a high category reward rate with a high published rate.

InterContinental San Francisco

IC San Francisco rate

$296.89 advance purchase nonrefundable rate is $345.35 after tax.

IHG Rewards Club Standard Reward Night = 45,000 points for a redemption value = $7.67 per 1,000 points.

IHG Rewards Club Points with Cash Reward Night = 35,000 points + $70 with a rebate of 5,000 points. Net rate = 30,000 points + $70. Redemption value = $285/30,000 points = $9.50 per 1,000 points.

Our household needs three or four paid nights at IHG hotels to earn our Into the Nights promotion for two free nights in our accounts. This IHG Points with Cash rebate offer for 5,000 points is a promotion bonus I will keep in mind when searching hotels for stays by December 31, 2014. It remains to be seen if I will find a use for this offer.

Check you email for this IHG promotion subject line: “Get 5,000 Points Back in Your Account”.

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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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