Nov022016

Hotel rate discount tip: Compare AAA to loyalty member rate terms carefully

Today I came across a $10 rate difference for Holiday Inn London Commercial Road with a higher AAA rate than the IHG Rewards Club member only flexible rate. My first thought was book the member only rate and save $10.00 per night.

Holiday Inn London Commercial Road

  1. Advance Purchase IHG Member Rate $103.54
  2. Best Flexible IHG Member Rate $114.56
  3. Advance Purchase non-member rate $115.05
  4. AAA rate $124.23
  5. Best Flexible rate $127.29

Holiday Inn London AAA rate analysis

The lowest rate is the IHG Rewards Club member prepaid advance purchase rate at $103.54 per night. This is a 10% discount on the $115.05 regular advance purchase rate. IHG Member Best Flexible rate is $114.56 and nearly $10 lower per night than AAA rate at $124.23. Best Flexible and AAA have same cancellation policies of 4pm day of arrival.

A quick comparison indicates the $114.56 rate is the best deal. But, a closer look at the AAA rate shows it includes free breakfast, while other rates charge extra for breakfast.

Holiday Inn London Commercial Road Room + Breakfast Rate

  1. Advance Purchase IHG Member Rate $120.06
  2. AAA rate $124.23
  3. Best Flexible IHG Member Rate $131.08
  4. Advance Purchase non-member rate $133.41
  5. Best Flexible rate $145.65

When you add breakfast to each rate, AAA rate moves up to the best flexible rate choice and saves $7 per night on IHG room + breakfast member rate.

I thought this might be a London IHG hotel competitive advantage for AAA rates, however, I do not see breakfast included as part of the AAA rate for any other London IHG hotels I checked.

I have encountered this AAA rate free breakfast benefit several times over the years when the AAA rate was 10% lower than Best Flexible Rate and included a breakfast benefit not normally offered on the regular low rate.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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