InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn Hotels across Australia, New Zealand , and Fiji are a little more than half-way through a 72 hour sale that ends at midday Sep 19 (AEST). Rates are advertised from $179 Australia Dollars for InterContinental Hotels. Crowne Plaza Hotels are from $119 and Holiday Inn from $99.
The time zone clock I checked tells me the sale ends 6pm Friday, California time, if I am reading it correctly.
Special rates are available for stays through November 30, 2009. These sale rates earn Priority Club points.
Loyalty traveler analysis:
I easily found availability for these special offer rates in the IHG hotels I sampled.
I tried InterContinental Sydney for Friday, October 2, 2009. A 32 square meter King City View room shows up for $179 Australian Dollars = USD$156.
Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour-Sydney, Australia showed as $270AUD for Tuesday October 20, but the rate dropped to $119AUD = $103.69USD for Friday, October 9. Like many urban business centers the rates drop significantly for most weekend stays in Sydney.
Holiday Inn City Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand, shows up as $99NZD for Tuesday night, October 20, 2009. $99 NZD = $70.36 USD.
Rates are prepaid and nonrefundable. The prepaid part is not bad for Americans who will probably see a continuing decline in the value of the US Dollar over the next ten weeks.
Aside: I saw a currency exchange report the other day showing one of the largest currency gains around the globe over the past 6 months is the Australia Dollar against the US Dollar. This means hotels in Australia are quite a bit more expensive now than six months ago for Americans.
September 17, 2009 currency exchange rate
$100 Australia Dollars = $87.25 (March 17, 2009 exchange rate $100AUD = $65.83USD)
$100 New Zealand Dollars = $71.07 US Dollars (March 17, 2009 exchange rate $100NZD = $52.81USD)