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Category: Intercontinental Group

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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Dec 25

The Best Unique Benefits at Each Hotel Brand

Choosing an airline is easy. You likely have one airline that dominates your local region, in which case your choices are limited. If not, you likely go with the cheapest of the one where you have the highest attachment to your loyalty program. Choosing a hotel brand? Not so easy. Unlike airlines, which have different …

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Dec 20

More Hotel Promotions: Hilton and InterContinental

Hilton and IHG have added their fourth quarter promotions to the calendar. Both could turn out to be lucrative. Hilton Double Your Hhonors Hilton has brought back its popular double points promotion, in which it will give you either double points or double miles for each stay. Hilton has a unique “double dip” program where …

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Oct 29

Merger Mania in the Hotel World

We’re in the middle of earnings season, the period each calendar quarter in which publicly traded companies report results to shareholders. But this quarter also brings talk of mergers in the hotel business. Hotel companies are not all that they seem. For the publicly traded hotel companies, they do not, for the most part, actually …

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