Category Archive: Intercontinental Group

Feb 10

Two (Smaller) Hotel Cards That Pay for Themselves

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I spend a lot of time talking about Hilton, Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt because of the breadth of their programs but, the truth is, if you want the best rewards programs, you often have to look elsewhere. The same may hold true for credit cards. Two Cards That Pay for Themselves I view credit cards …

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Jan 19

2,000 Free Points from Intercontinental

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Intercontinental (IHG), the parent of the Intercontinental and Holiday Inn brands (among others), is offering 2,000 easy points.* They represent easy points and the survey points may keep your account from expiring if you don’t use it often. Opinion Check-In Surveys are the single easiest way to pick up points on the cheap. They can …

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Dec 20

Hotel Promos And A Thank You

This will be the last post before the new year. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.   We’re starting to see the early promotions for 2017’s first quarter. Here are two of them: Marriott MegaBonus Marriott is not the most creative company in the world when it comes to promotions, with the …

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Aug 20

InterContinental (IHG) Back with Accelerate Promotion

A few times per year, IHG, owner of InterContinental, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza (among others) offers some version of its Accelerate promotion. The program is unique for each customer and gives you a list of “tasks” to complete. The more you complete, the more points you get. If you complete a certain number, you …

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Aug 12

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part Two

A couple of days ago, I covered what I feel are the best levels to shoot for in each of the elite programs at Marriott, Starwood and Hilton. Today, I’m going to cover both Hyatt and IHG (Intercontinental and Holiday Inn, among others). The short version for these two? You’ll need the top tier to …

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Apr 14

Starwood Preferred Guest Announces Strong Summer Promotion

Starwood’s Preferred Guest program (SPG) announced a strong promotion for the period of May 9 – July 31, following on yesterday’s discussion of Intercontinental’s Share Forever. The Details This promotion is targeted at stays of two nights or more, the biggest negative overall. But if you do have a multi-night stay coming up during that …

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Apr 13

New Intercontinental Promotion: Share Forever

Find a friend, because Intercontinental Group (IHG), the owner of, among others, the Holiday Inn and Intercontinental brands, is introducing its Share Forever promotion.¬†Even if you rarely stay at IHG properties, please read through these promotion details. Like many other IHG promos, this one gives you a list of activities and asks you to fulfill …

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Apr 09

One Good Way To Get Miles, One Bad Way

The Good My favorite hotel credit card is from a company whose properties I rarely stay at: The Intercontinental Rewards Club Mastercard. Intercontinental Hotels is the parent of, among others, the luxury brand after which it is named and the various Holiday Inn brands. The card comes with bonuses based on where you spend, a …

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Mar 26

Huge Hotel Credit Card Bonuses Ending Soon

I’m traveling this weekend, checking out the cherry blossoms, so I’m keeping posts short, but one thing worth noting is that there is a limit to the banks’ generosity when it comes to credit card bonuses, and we are approaching the end. We have “excess” bonus offers at three of the major hotel companies and …

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Jan 31

Intercontinental Devalues Points on the High End

Well, it had to happen. Intercontinental Hotels raised the high end of its reward prices from 50,000 points to 60,000 points for the most expensive hotels. It did so on only 13 hotels, and they were in places that you would expect, such as Paris, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Oddly, the Intercontinental in Times …

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