IHG Annual Sale for hotels in the U.S. is an advance purchase, nonrefundable rate offering at least 20% off best flexible rate for stays from November 4, 2018 through March 31, 2019.
Must book by January 7, 2019 and at least 3 days before your stay.
The only real advantage of the Annual Sale is it offers the lowest room rate at many hotels. But generally only a few dollars lower than the regular advance purchase rate. And the Annual Sale rate is not lower than the Advance Purchase rate at some hotels.
Sample Annual Sale Rate
Holiday Inn Express At Monterey Bay
Annual Sale rate is lowest rate $100.00 at Holiday Inn Express at Monterey Bay.
- Jan 7-9, 2019 Annual Sale 2-night rate with tax = $227.86
- Jan 7-9, 2019 IHG Rewards Club Member Advance Purchase 2-night rate with tax = $244.46
In contrast, InterContinental Monterey has a lower advance purchase rate than Annual Sale rate.
- Jan 7-9, 2019 Annual Sale 2-night rate with tax = $431.52
- Jan 7-9, 2019 IHG Rewards Club Member Advance Purchase 2-night rate with tax = $410.15
Analysis of IHG promotions for my hotel travel
IHG Annual Sale offer is practical for me in the short-term as a good value to combine slightly lower room rates, even if only $3 or $4 than I had seen for advance purchase rates at California hotels I wanted to book in November to fulfill my IHG Rewards Club Double Points + Accelerate-like task offer.
Loyalty Traveler – IHG Double Points Plus More targeted tasks Sep 16-Dec 16, 2018.
My plan is book 3 hotel nights in 3 different IHG brands in 3 different California cities for $250 all-in after tax and earn 38,400 bonus points with my targeted task. And 2x points for $220 in base spend. Double points promotion will earn around 4,900 points for my stays with Platinum elite bonus points.
My $250 in spend for 3 hotel nights should earn about 43,000 points in November 2018.
In January 2019, I have an IHG reservation for a 2-night stay at a 20,000 points hotel in Europe. My booking will cost 36,000 points after my IHG Mastercard rebate of 10%. The published rate for the IHG hotel in Europe is $380 for the stay.
$250 in spend for 3 IHG hotel nights in California earns 43,000 points and 36,000 points buys 2 nights at an IHG hotel in Europe with a published rate of $380.
My total spend for 5 hotel nights is $250 or $50 per night. I will end up with a net gain of 7,000 IHG Rewards Club points and possibly a couple thousand more points with potential IHG Platinum Amenity welcome points.
Save at least 20%* with the IHG Annual Sale
The best gifts aren’t things, they’re experiences. Skiing the slopes. A walk on the beach. Exploring a new city. Start your holiday shopping early and give a gift they won’t forget, with savings of at least 20%* at thousands of IHG hotels.
Book now through January 7, 2019
Stay at participating U.S. hotels between November 4, 2018 and March 31, 2019
Discount & days of the week vary by hotel
Subject to availability
Blackout dates and minimum stays may apply
Bookings are non-refundable, fully pre-paid
Must book 3 days in advance
Save a minimum of 20% at select properties in the United States
The Annual Sale promotion is valid only for bookings made from November 1, 2018 through January 7, 2019, using the “IHG Annual Sale” rate. All bookings must be consumed from November 4, 2018 through March 31, 2019 at participating IHG® hotels. The discount is at least 20% off the Best Flexible Rate. Booking must be made at least three (3) days in advance and requires non-refundable, full pre-payment for the entire stay at the time of booking. Discount varies by hotel and blackout dates apply. Rooms are subject to availability and certain room types may be excluded. Hotel policy varies in regards to the minimum length of stay required and number of guests allowed per room. Not applicable with other discounted rate promotions. Not applicable to group bookings. Hotel-specific early departure fee applies. Venetian, Palazzo, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Holiday Inn Club Vacations® and IHG® Army Hotels are excluded from the promotion. Valid on US properties only.