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IHG Europe 4-for-3 rates or 30% off July 4-September 4

IHG has rate discounts for all their hotel brands across Europe, including InterContinental Hotels, with 25% off 4-night stays and 30% for other stays from July 4 to September 4, 2014.

This post looks more closely at these discounts and has me asking if the IHG 2-for-1 rate is dead this summer in Europe?

Since 2007 there has always been a 2-for-1 rate for InterContinental Hotels Group brands like Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza available at select hotels in Europe. I once wrote a post several years ago about the InterContinental Cannes available on IHG 2-for-1 rates for a price under $150 per night. This summer I can’t find a working IHG 2-for-1 rate.

This summer the IHG rate discount advertised is 4 nights for the price of 3 nights for stays from July 4 to September 4 in Europe. That is a promotion devaluation from 50% to 25%. More availability at IHG hotels across Europe with this rate might be an enhancement, however, finding these rates takes a bit more work for a major city like London or Paris with many IHG properties.

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IHG Europe 3-for-4 rate discount link.

  • Book at least 21 days in advance.
  • Prepaid and nonrefundable.
  • Last date to book this offer is August 13, 2014.

On the plus side is the 3-for-4 rate is supposedly available at over 600 hotels across Europe, including InterContinental Hotels. That is much wider availability than typically found in the past with 2-for-1 rates.

On the down side is this search requires checking each hotel individually. In the past, when I checked 2-for-1 rates for London, I put in the dates for a 2-night stay searching London and I could usually see the 2-for-1 rates by simply looking at the prices of the 30+ hotels that came up in the search.

This IHG 4-for-3 rate requires searching every hotel individually and that is a time-consuming process for a city like London. My strategy is search for a 4-night stay for the dates you want and find which hotels are in the ballpark range of your budget. Then, try the 4-for-3 rate at those hotels and hopefully land a 25% discount on the rate shown.

InterContinental Budapest, Hungary is one of the hotels where I found the 4-for-3 rate.

IC Budapest

For this hotel, the 4-for-3 rate of € 97.50 EUR is not the lowest rate and actually allows booking up to 5 days before arrival which is against the published terms of the 4-for-3 rate requiring 21 days advance booking.  € 97.50 is a 25% discount on the Best Flexible Rate of € 130.00.

The Advance Saver rate is lower at € 91.00 EUR for this stay if you book 14 days in advance. This is a 30% discount on the Best Flexible Rate.

This leads into the other IHG Summer promotion for Europe at 30% off nightly room rates for prepaid, nonrefundable bookings.

IHG Summer 30

IHG Europe 30% off rate for July 4-September 4, 2014 link.

The promotion terms are nearly identical for this offer with the exception that 30% off page states 500 participating properties and the 4-for-3 page states 600 hotels.

  • Book at least 21 days in advance.
  • Prepaid and nonrefundable.
  • Last date to book this offer is August 13, 2014.

Holiday Inn City Centre – Essen, Germany July 11-13, 2014

The 30% discount rate for Holiday Inn Essen – City Centre is the lowest rate available among the prepaid Advance Purchase rates for this hotel.

IHG 30 HI Essen

Holiday Inn Essen-City Centre, Germany July 11-13

  • Best Flexible refundable rate = € 99.00 EUR.
  • 3 Day Advance Saver rate = € 89.00 EUR (10.1% discount)
  • 21 Day Super Saver Rate = € 79.00 EUR (20.2% discount)
  • 30% IHG Summer Promo rate = € 69.30 EUR (30% discount)

IHG Essen 30 rate

Another feature of the 30% Summer Rate is even the breakfast add-on is discounted 30% from € 17.00 to € 11.90.

If hotels in Europe are in your summer plans, then check out these IHG discount rates for your itinerary.

Terms and Conditions 4-for-3 offer

Offer 3 – 4 nights for the price of 3

Book between 15 May and 13 August 2014 for a four night stay between 4 July and 4 September 2014 at selected (see list of participating hotels) InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express® and Staybridge Suites® hotels and get the fourth night of your stay for free when you book Have a night on Us Package. Price calculated as 25 per cent off each night. First night non-refundable deposit required. Credit card will be charged between times of booking at arrival.

Promoter: InterContinental Hotels Group Services Company, Broadwater Park, Denham, UB9 5HR. United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions 30% off offer

Offer 1- at least 30% off
Book between 15 May and 13 August 2014 for a stay between 4 July and 4 September 2014 at selected (see list of participating hotels) European InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn Express® and Staybridge Suites® hotels and receive 30% off the Best Flexible Rate when you book at least 21 days in advance of the first night of the stay. Offer only available to IHG® Rewards Club members. Offer is subject to availability.
Up to 2 children under the age of 18 can stay in the room at no extra cost when sharing with up to 2 adults if the hotel is notified at the time of booking and suitable accommodation is available, at the sole discretion of the hotel. Full payment is required at time of booking and is non-refundable except where prohibited by local laws. Rates are subject to availability at participating hotels. Prices are inclusive of VAT where applicable. Blackout dates (when the offer is not available) may apply in some hotels. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion.
Promoter: InterContinental Hotels Group Services Company, Broadwater Park, Denham, UB9 5HR. United Kingdom

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