InterContinental Hotels Group (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Indigo, Candlewood Suites & Staybridge Suites) has their own rather public Friends Family program. I would only use this rate if I know someone working for the company, although there is public referral link available here.
Here are few reasons why you shouldn’t be using this rate:
1. Doesn’t qualify for stay credit
2. The stay won’t earn points
3. Doesn’t qualify for other promotions i.e. prepaid gift cards
4. Shouldn’t earn cashback
5. Depending of the hotel is non-cancellable, non-changeable, and non-refundable
6. Priority or Ambassador benefits do not apply
7. The rate is not always very good
Due to the issues above, I would ONLY use this rate if the saving is really significant.
Now, we can have a look if there are savings to be had at number of properties using this offer:
Crowne Plaza Santiago de Chile
You could save $23.10 by using the Friends & Family rate compared to lowest available public rate.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
The Friends & Family rate was not available for the lowest priced room but starts at the Club level rooms and then discounts suites as well. You could save 217 AED by using the F&F over the Advance Saver Rate.
You could save 45 SGD by taking advantage of the F&F offer.
In all these instances the Friends & Family discount yielded savings over publicly available rates, but the discounts weren’t big enough FOR me that I would forego all the benefits. I am sure that there are instances where the savings are more significant than on my three examples.
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