The launch of IHG Rewards Club in July 2013 comes with a chance to win 100,000 points in seven weeks of giveaways by posting a photo featuring any IHG brand hotel on Instagram with hashtag #discoverIHG.

Registration for this Instagram #discoverIHG social media sweepstakes is required at www.discover.ihg.com.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is celebrating the introduction of IHG® Rewards Club by launching its “Discover IHG” sweepstakes on social media tool Instagram[*], a mobile app for sharing photos and video.  Through the campaign, consumers will have a chance to win hotel rewards from IHG when they upload a picture on Instagram with #discoverIHG during their stay at any one of the 4,600 IHG hotels worldwide. Almost two million IHG® Rewards Club points are up for grabs beginning July 15th through Aug. 31, 2013. 

Each week, one winner will be randomly selected to win 100,000 IHG® Rewards Club points over seven weeks, and the grand prize winner will win one million points – enough for almost year of free stays at a Holiday Inn Express® hotel. Winners can select from a variety of prizes by redeeming their points using the Rewards Catalog including: brand merchandise, retail gift cards and Reward Nights; and they can be used at any time since IHG Rewards Club points never expire.

To enter the social media sweepstakes: 

  • Visit any one of IHG’s hotel brands including: InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels, Holiday Inn Resort® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Club Vacations, Holiday Inn® Express Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels and Candlewood Suites® Hotels
  • Register at www.discover.ihg.com
  • Take a photo at any IHG®-branded hotel – a tray of cinnamon rolls at a Holiday Inn Express Hotel or the swimming pool at a Holiday Inn Resort Hotel, for example.
  • Upload the image on Instagram with hashtag #discoverIHG

The sweepstakes is open to residents in eight countries including: Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, U.K. and U.S. For more information or to enter the “Discover IHG” sweepstakes, go to: discover.ihg.com.

Sweepstakes rules are available on the registration page.

image

This weekend from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 is the opportunity for 50% off Priority Club reward stays for three nights only at 49 hotels with this month’s Last Minute Reward Nights. These hotels can be booked through Thursday, May 2.

Last Minute Reward Nights (49)

To find hotels by state, click on the United States link and sort by state. Read More…

Comments are off for this article

Priority Club still continues to roll out a monthly list of 50% points discount for stays at Last Minute Reward Night hotels only for three nights on the first full weekend of each month.

October’s list is the fewest hotels yet with only 45 hotels globally and 23 in the USA.

You must book by Thursday October 4 to get the 50% points reward rate for any of three nights Friday-October 5, Saturday-October 6 or Sunday-October 7.

You need to use the geographic filters on the left side of the page to sensibly locate hotels. The website only orders the hotel choices by points or name without any geographic reference besides the city. Do you know where Holiday Inn Express Bedford is located? Read More…

The first full weekend of April means Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights are available this weekend Friday April 6, Saturday April 7 and Sunday April 8 at 50% standard reward cost. 103 hotels worldwide participate this month with 86 of these hotels in the U.S. Read More…

Suddenly occurred to me this is the first weekend of December which means Priority Club Last Minute Reward Nights. This once a month reward offer is 50% off required points for reward nights at participating hotels Friday, December 2, Saturday, Dec 3 and Sunday, December 4.

These 50% off rates are only available for booking through today Thursday, December 1. I am not sure what time zone the offer works on, but past experience tells me they will be unavailable for booking Friday.

There are 86 hotels listed. InterContinental Moorea in French Polynesia is only 20,000 points if you can be there this weekend :).

Here is the list of hotels, but no geographical locator. Use this link to access Priority Club Last Minute Rewards and the sidebar for locating hotels by state and country.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts BANGKOK 20,000 pts.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts PLAYA BONITA RESORT & SPA 20,000 pts.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts RESORT AND SPA MOOREA 20,000 pts.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts CALI 15,000 pts.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts DAR AL TAWHID MAKKAH 15,000 pts.

Crowne Plaza ABU DHABI – YAS ISLAND 12,500 pts.

Crowne Plaza LOS ANGELES AIRPORT 12,500 pts.

Crowne Plaza MILAN – LINATE  12,500 pts.

Crowne Plaza MONTERREY 12,500 pts.

Crowne Plaza NEW ORLEANS-AIRPORT  12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn ELMIRA-RIVERVIEW 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON US HWY 17 & I-526 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express EXTON-LIONVILLE 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express NORTH PALM BEACH-OCEANVIEW 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express STATE COLLEGE @ WILLIAMSBURG SQ 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites ATHENS 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites CHARLOTTETOWN  12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites CHEYENNE 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites CINCINNATI-N/SHARONVILLE 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites DFW-GRAPEVINE 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites KNOXVILLE-NORTH-I-75 EXIT 112  12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites MOAB 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites MT PLEASANT-CHARLESTON 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites MURRELL’S INLET (MYRTLE BEACH)  12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites N. MYRTLE BEACH-LITTLE RIVER  12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites OMAHA AIRPORT 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites RICHMOND NORTH ASHLAND 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites SOUTH PORTLAND  12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites WATERTOWN-THOUSAND ISLANDS 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn HELSINKI – WEST RUOHOLAHTI  12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn KEARNEY 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn MADRID 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn SPEARFISH-CONVENTION CENTER 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn ST. JOHN’S-GOVT CENTER 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Select MONTREAL CENTRE VILLE DOWNTOWN 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn VAIL 12,500 pts.

Holiday Inn WILMINGTON-MARKET ST. 12,500 pts.

Hotel Indigo BASKING RIDGE 12,500 pts.

Hotel Indigo LONG ISLAND – EAST END 12,500 pts.

Ana Hotels And Resorts NAGASAKI GLOVERHILL 10,000 pts.

Staybridge Suites CHATTANOOGA DWTN – CONV CTNR 10,000 pts.

Candlewood Suites CHICAGO/HOFFMAN ESTATES 7,500 pts.

Candlewood Suites CLEARWATER 7,500 pts.

Candlewood Suites PADUCAH 7,500 pts.

Candlewood Suites PORT ARTHUR/NEDERLAND 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn AMES CONFERENCE CENTER – ISU  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn BINGHAMTON-DWTN (HAWLEY ST) 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn COLUMBUS 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn DUBUQUE/GALENA 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express ADRIAN 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express BOSTON – MARLBORO 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON-SUMMERVILLE 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express GREENVILLE 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express IRONDEQUOIT 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express KERNERSVILLE 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express MEDELLIN  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express WINSTON-SALEM  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites ALAMOGORDO HWY 54/70 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites CHATTANOOGA-HIXSON  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites COLUMBIA-I-20 @ CLEMSON RD 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites DENVER NORTHEAST – BRIGHTON 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites GOODLAND 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites GRAND RAPIDS AIRPORT 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites HARDEEVILLE-HILTON HEAD  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites LONGMONT  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites LOVELAND  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites MERIDIAN  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites NAMPA 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites OSHKOSH-SR 41  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites SANFORD  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites THE WOODLANDS  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites THORNBURG-S. FREDERICKSBURG  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites TULSA S BROKEN ARROW HWY 51  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn FREDERICK-CONF CTR AT FSK MALL 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites ALBUQUERQUE-NORTH I-25  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn SALEM (I-93 AT EXIT 2) 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn SAO PAULO PARQUE ANHEMBI 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn SHANGHAI DOWNTOWN  7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn ST. LOUIS-SOUTHWEST (VIKING) 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn WINCHESTER SE-HISTORIC GATEWAY 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn WINSTON-SALEM-UNIV PARKWAY 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn WUHAN RIVERSIDE 7,500 pts.

Holiday Inn CD. OBREGON  5,000 pts.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites KINSTON  5,000 pts.

 

My speculation on the demise of Priority Club PointBreaks was premature as a new set of hotels has been published for reward nights at 5,000 points for stays through July 30, 2011. This is a good sign and continued opportunity for cheap reward nights at 133 select hotels around the world over the next 12 weeks.

PointBreaks rewards may seem overwhelmingly targeted for U.S. locations with 79 hotels in the U.S. and 54 in all other countries. The limitation of Last Minute Rewards to U.S. hotels followed by a low presence of international hotels for PointBreaks has the appearance of Priority Club as a USA-centric loyalty program. Over 70% of IHG hotels are in the U.S. with Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn at around 2,500 hotels, and extended stay brands Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites with nearly 500 more hotels. The proportion of international hotels in PointBreaks is a fair sample relative to the proportion of non-U.S. hotels among 4,500 global hotels of InterContinental Hotels Group. PointBreaks include 16 Crowne Plaza hotels with 8 in the U.S. and 8 international and 3 InterContinental hotels in Egypt and Philippines available for 5,000 points per night through July 30.

Remember PointBreaks rooms are limited and once allocated rooms are booked these hotels drop off the list.

United States (79 hotels)  

ALABAMA

HOLIDAY INN BIRMINGHAM-AIRPORT 

ARKANSAS

HOLIDAY INN BLYTHEVILLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SEARCY 

CALIFORNIA

CROWNE PLAZA LOS ANGELES-COMMERCE CASINO

HOLIDAY INN SAN DIEGO-MISSION VALLEY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MORENO VALLEY (LAKE PERRIS)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PALM DESERT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ELK GROVE 

COLORADO

HOLIDAY INN DENVER EAST – STAPLETON

STAYBRIDGE SUITES DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 

CONNECTICUT

HOLIDAY INN STAMFORD-DOWNTOWN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SOUTHINGTON 

DELAWARE

HOLIDAY INN DOVER-DOWNTOWN 

FLORIDA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES JACKSONVILLE

CROWNE PLAZA JACKSONVILLE AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN TITUSVILLE – KENNEDY SPACE CTR 

GEORGIA

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES SAVANNAH AIRPORT – POOLER 

ILLINOIS

CROWNE PLAZA CHICAGO-NORTHBROOK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHICAGO-DEERFIELD/LINCOLNSHIRE

STAYBRIDGE SUITES SCHAUMBURG 

INDIANA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST

HOLIDAY INN TERRE HAUTE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS INDIANAPOLIS-FISHERS (NE BLVD) 

KANSAS

CANDLEWOOD SUITES WICHITA-NORTHEAST

HOLIDAY INN OLATHE MEDICAL CENTER

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES OVERLAND PARK-WEST 

KENTUCKY

CROWNE PLAZA LEXINGTON NEAR UK / KEENELAND 

LOUISIANA

CROWNE PLAZA EXECUTIVE CENTER BATON ROUGE

STAYBRIDGE SUITES COVINGTON 

MARYLAND

HOLIDAY INN BALTIMORE-BWI INTL AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BALTIMORE-BWI AIRPORT WEST 

MICHIGAN

HOLIDAY INN FLINT

HOLIDAY INN JACKSON NW – AIRPORT ROAD

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DETROIT – FARMINGTON HILLS 

MINNESOTA

CROWNE PLAZA BLOOMINGTON MSP AIRPORT / MOA

HOLIDAY INN MINNEAPOLIS NW-ELK RIVER 

MISSOURI

CROWNE PLAZA ST. LOUIS AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN KANSAS CITY-NE-I-435 NORTH

STAYBRIDGE SUITES KANSAS CITY-INDEPENDENCE 

MISSISSIPPI

HOLIDAY INN TRUSTMARK PARK-PEARL 

MONTANA

HOLIDAY INN THE GRAND MONTANA-BILLINGS 

NEW JERSEY

CANDLEWOOD SUITES SOMERSET

HOLIDAY INN BUDD LAKE – ROCKAWAY AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VINELAND 

NEVADA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LAS VEGAS – SOUTH 

NEW YORK

CROWNE PLAZA ALBANY-CITY CENTER 

HOLIDAY INN SCHENECTADY 

NORTH CAROLINA

HOLIDAY INN ASHEVILLE-BILTMORE EAST

HOLIDAY INN SALISBURY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WINSTON SALEM DOWNTOWN WEST 

OHIO

HOLIDAY INN PERRYSBURG-FRENCH QUARTER

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PERRYSBURG (I-75)

STAYBRIDGE SUITES CLEVELAND MAYFIELD HTS BEACHWD 

OKLAHOMA

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES STILLWATER – UNIVERSITY WEST

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES TULSA SOUTH 

PENNSYLVANIA

HOLIDAY INN HARRISBURG-EAST (AIRPORT AREA) 

SOUTH CAROLINA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES BLUFFTON-HILTON HEAD

HOLIDAY INN GREENVILLE-I-85 @ AUGUSTA RD

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES COLUMBIA N I 77 TWO NOTCH RD 

TENNESSEE

HOLIDAY INN KNOXVILLE-WEST (I-40 & I-75)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GOODLETTSVILLE

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES MEMPHIS – WOLFCHASE GALLERIA 

TEXAS

CANDLEWOOD SUITES DALLAS, FT WORTH/FOSSIL CREEK

CANDLEWOOD SUITES HOUSTON BY THE GALLERIA

HOLIDAY INN AUSTIN NORTH – ROUND ROCK

HOLIDAY INN GARLAND

STAYBRIDGE SUITES BROWNSVILLE

STAYBRIDGE SUITES PLANO – RICHARDSON AREA 

UTAH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES OREM-NORTH PROVO 

VIRGINIA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES WASHINGTON-FAIRFAX

CROWNE PLAZA WILLIAMSBURG

HOLIDAY INN GOLF & CONF CTR-STAUNTON

HOLIDAY INN LEESBURG AT CARRADOC HALL

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WASHINGTON DC SW – SPRINGFIELD

STAYBRIDGE SUITES CHANTILLY – DULLES AIRPORT 

WASHINGTON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SEATTLE (NORTHGATE MALL AREA)

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES SEATTLE-KENT 

WISCONSIN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JANESVILLE-I-90 & US HWY 14

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES MILWAUKEE AIRPORT 

WYOMING

HOLIDAY INN RIVERTON-CONVENTION CENTER 

 

Canada (5 hotels)  

ALBERTA

HOLIDAY INN 67 STREET 

NEW BRUNSWICK

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL FREDERICTON-LORD BEAVERBROOK 

NOVA SCOTIA

HOLIDAY INN TRURO 

ONTARIO

HOLIDAY INN PETERBOROUGH-WATERFRONT 

QUEBEC

HOLIDAY INN LAVAL – MONTREAL

Mexico (9 hotels 

CROWNE PLAZA MEXICALI-BAJA CALIFORNIA

HOLIDAY INN CIUDAD DE MEXICO-TRADE CENTER

HOLIDAY INN MONTERREY CENTRO

HOLIDAY INN PUEBLA FINSA

HOLIDAY INN PACHUCA, HGO

HOLIDAY INN SALAMANCA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CIUDAD VICTORIA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHIHUAHUA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PARAISO DOS BOCAS 

Central & South America (4 hotels) 

BRAZIL

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CUIABA 

COSTA RICA

HOTEL INDIGO SAN JOSE FORUM COSTA RICA 

EL SALVADOR

HOLIDAY INN SAN SALVADOR 

HONDURAS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAN PEDRO SULA

Europe (17 hotels)  

CZECH REPUBLIC

HOLIDAY INN PRAGUE CONGRESS CENTRE 

FINLAND

HOLIDAY INN TURKU 

FRANCE

HOLIDAY INN STRASBOURG – ILLKIRCH 

GEORGIA

HOLIDAY INN TBILISI 

GERMANY

HOLIDAY INN FULDA

ITALY

HOLIDAY INN VERONA – CONGRESS CENTRE 

NETHERLANDS

HOLIDAY INN EINDHOVEN 

SLOVAKIA

HOLIDAY INN BRATISLAVA 

SPAIN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MADRID – GETAFE

UNITED KINGDOM

CROWNE PLAZA LONDON – GATWICK AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN BELFAST

HOLIDAY INN LEEDS – WAKEFIELD M1, JCT.40

HOLIDAY INN MANCHESTER AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN ROTHERHAM -SHEFFIELD M1,JCT.33

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LEICESTER – WALKERS STADIUM

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NUNEATON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SWINDON CITY CENTRE

Africa (2 hotels)  

SOUTH AFRICA

CROWNE PLAZA JOHANNESBURG – THE ROSEBANK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PRETORIA – SUNNYPARK 

Middle East (4 hotels)  

EGYPT

INTERCONTINENTAL ABU SOMA

INTERCONTINENTAL CAIRO SEMIRAMIS 

JORDAN

HOLIDAY INN AMMAN

OMAN

CROWNE PLAZA RESORT SALALAH 

Asia (10 hotels 

CHINA-PEOPLES REPUBLIC

CROWNE PLAZA CITY CENTRE CHANGSHA

CROWNE PLAZA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BEIJING

HOLIDAY INN HANGZHOU

HOLIDAY INN NANJING AQUA CITY

HOLIDAY INN SEA VIEW QINHUANGDAO

HOLIDAY INN TIANJIN RIVERSIDE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BEIJING DONGZHIMEN 

MALAYSIA

CROWNE PLAZA KUALA LUMPUR

PHILIPPINES

INTERCONTINENTAL MANILA 

THAILAND

HOLIDAY INN CHIANGMAI

Oceania (2 hotels) 

AUSTRALIA

HOLIDAY INN CAIRNS

HOLIDAY INN ESPLANADE DARWIN

The good news is the current list of Prioriy Club PointBreaks hotels has been extended to May 15, 2011. There are no new hotels added to the list from the previous offer for March and April stays. The list has been shortened from 107 hotels on February 28, 2011 that were available for booking through April 30, down to 70 hotels that have extended the PointBreaks 5,000 points per night reward until May 15.

There is speculation on FlyerTalk that Priority Club PointBreaks rewards as we have known them at 5,000 points are dying off in May 2011.

The evidence:

  1. PointBreaks list extended for three weeks with no new properties listed.
  2. Priority Club launches Last Minute Rewards at 50% off the standard reward night rate next week with an email scheduled for Monday May 1 on participating hotels for the weekend of Friday May 6 – Sunday May 8.
  3. A new version of the InterContinental Ambassador brochure delivered last week describes PointBreaks Reward nights as 50% off.

Not only the PointBreaks news, but FlyerTalk member Chongcao in the UK received an InterContinental Ambassador brochure with no mention of 10,000 point hotel Priority Club rewards. Currently there are still about 200 properties listed as 10,000 point hotel rewards. Chongcao actually posted lists of Priority Club hotels March 2010 showing the different levels of hotel rewards available through Priority Club. This is still my web destination when I want to check hotel reward levels for 10K and 25K and InterContinental Hotels at 30K and 40K. Sounds like Chongcao may update the list soon for 2011.

Priority Club PointBreaks Hotels available through May 15 for 5,000 points per night:

United States  (34 hotels)

ALABAMA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TALLADEGA 

ARIZONA

STAYBRIDGE SUITES TUCSON AIRPORT

ARKANSAS

CANDLEWOOD SUITES FORT SMITH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS JONESBORO

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BENTONVILLE 

CALIFORNIA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SANTA NELLA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FRESNO SOUTH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MERCED

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VACAVILLE 

FLORIDA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES JACKSONVILLE EAST MERRIL ROAD 

GEORGIA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES MACON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BRASELTON 

IOWA

STAYBRIDGE SUITES WEST DES MOINES 

IDAHO

CANDLEWOOD SUITES BOISE – TOWNE SQUARE 

ILLINOIS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHICAGO-LIBERTYVILLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DANVILLE

STAYBRIDGE SUITES PEORIA-DOWNTOWN 

KANSAS

CANDLEWOOD SUITES WICHITA-AIRPORT 

LOUISIANA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES NEW IBERIA 

MARYLAND

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CAMBRIDGE 

MICHIGAN

CANDLEWOOD SUITES DETROIT-FARMINGTON HILLS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ALLEN PARK-DEARBORN 

MISSISSIPPI

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES STARKVILLE 

MISSOURI

CANDLEWOOD SUITES JEFFERSON CITY

HOLIDAY INN ST. JOSEPH RIVERFRONT/HIST. 

NEW YORK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OWEGO 

OKLAHOMA

CANDLEWOOD SUITES OKLAHOMA CITY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES OKMULGEE 

SOUTH CAROLINA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHARLESTON-MONCKS CORNER 

TEXAS

CANDLEWOOD SUITES HOUSTON PARK ROW

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOUSTON SOUTHWEST – SUGAR LAND

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES HOUSTON NW BELTWAY 8-WEST ROAD 

VIRGINIA

HOLIDAY INN NORTON

WISCONSIN

CANDLEWOOD SUITES WAUSAU-RIB MOUNTAIN

Offer and participating hotels are subject to change at any time, valid for stays thru May 15, 2011. Reward night terms and conditions apply.

36 international hotels

Canada

ALBERTA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES EDMONTON NORTH

BRITISH COLUMBIA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SQUAMISH

ONTARIO

HOLIDAY INN WHITBY OSHAWA

SASKATCHEWAN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES PRINCE ALBERT

Mexico 

CROWNE PLAZA RESORT MAZATLAN

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES GUADALAJARA-CENTRO HISTORICO

INTERCONTINENTAL PRESIDENTE MERIDA

Central & South America

ARGENTINA

HOLIDAY INN SANTA FE 

BRAZIL

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CURITIBA

Europe 

AUSTRIA

HOLIDAY INN FELDKIRCH 

CZECH REPUBLIC

HOLIDAY INN PRAGUE AIRPORT 

FRANCE

HOLIDAY INN BLOIS-LOIRE VALLEY 

GERMANY

HOLIDAY INN FRANKFURT AIRPORT-NEU-ISENBURG 

HOLIDAY INN LEIPZIG-GÜNTHERSDORF

SPAIN

HOLIDAY INN ELCHE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MADRID-LEGANES 

TURKEY

HOLIDAY INN BURSA

UNITED KINGDOM

HOLIDAY INN ASHFORD-CENTRAL

HOLIDAY INN GLASGOW AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN LUTON-SOUTH M1, JCT.9

HOLIDAY INN NEWPORT

HOLIDAY INN WASHINGTON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DROITWICH M5, JCT.5

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LONDON-STANSTED AIRPORT

Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SANDTON-WOODMEAD

Middle East 

EGYPT

CROWNE PLAZA SAHARA OASIS PORT GHALIB RESORT 

SAUDI ARABIA

HOLIDAY INN JEDDAH-AL SALAM

Asia 

CHINA-PEOPLES REPUBLIC

HOLIDAY INN BINHAI TIANJIN

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN HEFEI

HOLIDAY INN ERDOS CITY

HOLIDAY INN HANGZHOU THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE

HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI WEST

HOLIDAY INN YOULIAN SUZHOU

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SHANGHAI SANLIN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TIANJIN BINHAI 

PHILIPPINES

HOLIDAY INN CLARK

Oceania 

There are no properties available at this time.

The $30 for a 5,000 points Pointbreaks reward night at the Holiday Inn Santa Maria finally got her thinking that perhaps she should try and work this hotel loyalty thing with a little more effort. The $12 credit for morning breakfast at the Holiday Inn turned something on in her head. She called to ask me about the Priority Club stay two times and get one free night promotion with IHG.

“Yeah. That is the best deal out there at the moment. You can stay at two Holiday Inns or Holiday Inn Express or their other brands like Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites and Crowne Plaza and then you get a free night at some place like the InterContinental Montelucia in Scottsdale. You have from December 1 through May 31, 2011 to use the free night.”

No need to confuse her by mentioning Hotel Indigo. She won’t likely be around one anytime soon before she goes to Scottsdale.

I offered to put her and her old man up at the Hyatt Mar Monte Santa Barbara or the Four Points Ventura on a points reward. In retrospective mode, she said the weather in Ventura and Santa Barbara had been the best of any place in California where they had traveled over the past week and perhaps they should have stopped.

But they were Orange County bound.

Two nights in Anaheim at the adjacent properties of Staybridge Suites Anaheim and Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort around Disneyland cost $80 each night after tax for the two of them.

InterContinental Montelucia next February for Tuesday February 8, 2011 is $361 base rate and nearly $420 for one night after tax.

This is hotel loyalty program arbitrage. This deal can be repeated at IHG brand hotels to earn up to 5 free nights after 10 hotel stays. Spend something like $800 for 10 hotel stays by December 31, 2010 with IHG brand hotels and a $2,000 resort five night vacation is within your grasp.

Mom finally gets it!

The Elton John song, Holiday Inn, is about 40 years old. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) went through a billion dollar makeover of Holiday Inn in the past two years to shed that 40 year old image of the world’s best known hotel brand.

 

IHG announced it will dump older, poorly performing properties, about 300 franchisees of the Holiday Inn brand if the hotels do not remodel to the new style as of February 1, 2010. Hotels must meet minimum property standards, install signs with the new logo, upgrade lighting, remodel the lobby, and update bedding.

 

The cost to franchisees in these tough economic times is $150,000 to $250,000 for upgrading the property. IHG has set an end-of-year 2010 timeline for upgrade completions. Dropping 300 older hotels from the Holiday Inn portfolio is projected to reduce the average age of Holiday Inn properties from 26 years old to 15 years old. Since Holiday Inn is a 57 year old brand and the properties in consideration here are only about 20% of the portfolio, I think these must be some really old Holiday Inns.

 

Pictures can show the difference between an older Holiday Inn and the new style. Here is a photo I took in 2008 of the Holiday Inn Santa Clara which was certainly a step below the other major brand hotels on Great America Parkway with a Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott on the same stretch of road. This property recently rebranded in summer 2009 as the remodeled Best Western Avatar. And I see the Best Western management is actively working the TripAdvisor reviews and currently sits at #2 hotel for Santa Clara. That must have been some hotel remodel.

Holiday Inn Santa Clara was rebranded a Best Western in 2009

Holiday Inn Santa Clara was rebranded a Best Western in 2009

Henderson, Nevada is an example of the new Holiday Inn brand style.

New Holiday Inn logo

New Holiday Inn logo

 Henderson, Nevada is a newly built Holiday Inn.

Lobby of Holiday Inn, Henderson, Nevada (Las Vegas suburb)

Lobby of Holiday Inn, Henderson, Nevada (Las Vegas suburb)

“And you ain’t seen nothing till you’ve been

In a motel baby like the Holiday Inn”

-Elton John, “Holiday Inn” from the album Madman Across the Water

 

 

Sources: Kris Hudson – Wall Street Journal – http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2009/11/12/contemporize-or-else-300-holiday-inns-may-lose-their-brand-name/

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703811604574531630528094524.html?mod=WSJ_hps_LEFTWhatsNews

Comments are off for this article

« previous home top