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InterContinental Hotels Group’s flagship brand, as the name suggests, is InterContinental Hotels and Resorts. The entire groups loyalty program is called Priority Club. You earn Priority Club points or airline miles for your InterContinental stays. Possible Priority Club status Gold or Platinum, however, doesn’t apply to Intercontinental as they have their own Ambassador program.

InterContinental Ambassador DisplayWhenever you stay at an InterContinental hotel they have these “Become an Ambassador Today” displays normally close to the work desk. The main selling points are:

Guaranteed room upgrade

4pm late check out

Free weekend night

Fresh fruit and mineral water

Single Rate for Double Occupancy

5,000 PRIORITY CLUB® BONUS POINTS

InterContinental Ambassador program is probably the only major that requires you to pay $200 fee for joining. Is it worth it? Let’s have a look at the benefits. [click to continue…]

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InterContinental Hotels Group Best Price Guarantee?Couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new “most powerful” best price guarantee in the hotel industry. IHG promises the first night to be completely free if you find a lower price after booking on another website. It is not difficult to come to a conclusion that there must have been few people around searching for lower prices on competing websites and claiming their free nights.

The guarantee still sounds quite promising:

We’re so sure the best prices for our hotels are found on our website that we’re standing by them—with the most powerful guarantee ever by a global travel company. Find a lower price elsewhere and your first night is free. That’s our Best Price Guarantee and just one of many benefits you get with the Book With Us Advantage. [click to continue…]

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As you have probably already noticed, getting upgrades at hotels and airlines, based on the status I have with them, is very important for me. Typically I always check the website in the morning if the hotel has already processed their upgrades, and what kind of upgrade they have assigned for me.

Here’s a trick that you can use to check if you have been upgraded in advance at any of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) hotels that include InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suite, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Candlewood Suites.

Some hotels might process upgrades well in advance, but most hotels only do them the night before. There is a good explanation for this. The hotels can be quite sure about the inventory they have available for upgrades. [click to continue…]

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InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club Fall 2011 1 2 3 4 Promo - Earn Up To 80000 Bonus PointsEarlier today I was searching for some exciting Priority Club promotions, as I have quite a few IHG stays lined up in the next couple of months.  Priority Club, Intercontinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) loyalty program has always been very active, and some would say very generous at times, on the promo front and this autumn is not an exception. When I was searching for promos this fall, I came across the following two.

IHG has always tried to get people to try their variety of brands. Personally, I have always been a fan of InterContinental hotels, but quite frankly haven’t really liked too much of their limited service brands where their majority of the properties are. [click to continue…]

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Two weeks ago I wrote about a new price guarantee from the InterContinental Hotels Group where guest would get a first night free if a lower rate is found within 24 hours after making the reservation. I tried the guarantee by myself and got entirely free one night stay at the InterContinental Sao Paulo.

New InterContinental Hotels Group Low Price GuaranteeNow they have tweaked the guarantee to make it more difficult to qualify for a free night. [click to continue…]

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 When I was booking an InterContinental property earlier in the week, I noticed a huge banner advertising their new low price guarantee.

holiday-inn-price-guaranteeApparently InterContinental Hotels Group is so convinced that the prices offered through their various online websites are the lowest that they are willing to give you the first night free and discount subsequent nights by 10%.

Over the years I have used Marriott’s Look No Further guarantee few times and it has worked out pretty well. Also Starwood is offering similar guarantee that I have used handful of times. I have no personal experience of the Hilton’s and Hyatt’s similar guarantees. Quite frankly the latter two have not been worth the effort. [click to continue…]