IHG – InterContinental Hotels Group has a global Cyber Sale offering up to 25% off Best Flexible Rates when you book a prepaid, nonrefundable room by Dec 17 for stays through May 31. I see potential value with this sale for travelers needing hotel stays over Thanksgiving and New Year’s holiday weeks. While it depends on the specific market, I generally find that 4 to 6 weeks before a hotel stay is when prices are lowest. Popular vacation destination hotels are sometimes the exception to the rule where lowest rates might be available several months in advance of your hotel stay.
IHG Cyber Sale up to 25% Off
Book: November 11 – December 17, 2019
Stay: November 14, 2019 – May 31, 2020
For my reservations, I don’t book nonrefundable rates unless I am familiar with the hotel market segment and feel confident the nonrefundable rate is a good deal. As an example, I booked nonrefundable rates two months ago for December hotel stays in Amsterdam and Krakow to take advantage of a promotion to earn 120 EUR in bonus points in Le Club Accorhotels. I have followed hotel rates in both these cities for years. I knew Amsterdam was likely the best rate I could get, but Krakow was not.
A few weeks later there was another Accor Hotels nonrefundable rate sale where hotel rates in Amsterdam were higher, however, the room rates in Krakow were quite a bit lower. Net result is my projected 120 EUR rebate was reduced in value by about 40 EUR based on the higher rates I had locked myself into with nonrefundable rates. I will still come out ahead with my September nonrefundable rates, but not as good a deal as I anticipated when I spent $600 on advance purchase, nonrefundable rates.
For comparison to hotel rates now compared to rates I saw in September, Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam City Hall is priced 25 EUR more per night in this sale than the IHG Sale in September for dates I wanted. Hotel Indigo Krakow is $30 more per night than during IHG’s September nonrefundable sale, while Holiday Inn Krakow is $8 less per night for dates I had checked two months ago.