Category: Intercontinental Group

IHG Shows Why Loyalty Programs Are Anything But That

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t, but it sounds a lot better than “trying to influence your future behavior” program.* IHG Accelerate No company makes the point better than IHG, the parent of …

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IHG Hobbles Its Free Night Award

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It was good while it lasted. Intercontinental Group (IHG) appears to be significantly devaluing the free night that comes with its $49 credit card. 70,000 to 40,000 Starting with free nights issued after May 1, Chase and IHG are modifying what I called the best credit deal in the industry: A free night at any …

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10,000 Bonus IHG Points With A Kimpton Stay

So maybe acquisitions aren’t all that bad. Many moons ago, I lamented the InterContinental (IHG) acquisition of boutique chain (if there is such a thing) Kimpton. I had described Kimpton as the best hotel company that you had never heard of, and that wasn’t far from the truth. They offered high-touch service with hotels that …

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Credit Cards: Rewards Versus Benefits

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I got a survey a few days ago asking me about the benefits of my Delta Reserve Credit Card, and it got me thinking about a subject that I already spend too much time thinking about: credit cards that I own that I would never actually use. This post is going to be best for …

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IHG Brings Back Accelerate Promotion

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Another year, another Accelerate promotion from IHG, parent of several brands including InterContinental, the Holiday Inn themes and a few others. This one is for January 1 – April 30. Accelerate 1Q18 The Accelerate promo is the IHG bonus that we see every four months. The company gives you a list of “tasks” and, the …

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IHG/Kimpton: When Bad Things Happen To Good Programs

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The single best hotel program that you’ve never heard of may have been Kimpton Karma Rewards, the loyalty program for Kimpton Hotels. Kimpton was a network of boutique hotels known for their funky properties and dedication to customer service. If you’ve ever heard one of those stories about a hotel fulfilling outrageous requests (Read this …

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Intercontinental Has Extended The Industry’s Single Best Credit Card Deal

Note: This is one of those odd cards that you should own even if you never use the partner involved (in this case, Intercontinental Hotels). By now, you know that you should never sign up for a credit card without some sort of incentive to do so. In fact, you should probably wait for a …

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IHG Brings Back Accelerate Points Promotion

My favorite least-favorite promotion is back, as IHG re-ups its Accelerate promotion for the period September 1-December 31.* IHG Rewards Accelerate This has become a recurring promotion for IHG (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, etc.). The targeted offer* may or may not be in your inbox but, if it isn’t, you can go here to see what …

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Possible Double/Triple Points At Holiday Inn Express. But Mind The Conditions…

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I’ve never stayed at a Holiday Inn Express (HIX), but their commercials tell me that doing so will make me smarter. Well, in that case… Double Or Triple Points at Holiday Inn Express This looks like a targeted promotion*, but they let me sign up, so it’s worth a try. Be sure to register ahead …

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IHG Bumps Up The Rewards On Its Card

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Credit card bonuses come and go, even as they get better over time. Every travel card has a base offer when you sign up for a card, but most of them offer an extra bonus every so often. IHG Rewards, the program for hotel brands such as InterContinental and Holiday Inn, however, has been a …

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