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Getting a free stay out of an IHG stay!

With my personal travel patterns, I don’t have much in way of loyalty to a particular hotel chain these days. Yet, I try and concentrate my stays between the IHG hotels, Starwood and Hilton HHonors due to applicable status benefits there, and also because I have reasonably large balances in these programs. Just this past weekend, I was in Vienna for about 36 hours, and I found a reasonably priced Holiday Inn property which was walking distance from the city centre. I decided to throw in the towel to participate in the IHG Big Win promotion, and this sounded like a good deal to participate and get some inroad into cracking my personal promotion. However, there was also more possible.…

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IHG Last Minute list out for September 2013

IHG has just put out their list of the last minute redemptions for September 2013, which are valid for redemptions on 6,7,8 September 2013 at 50% off their usual redemption rates. Here is the list of hotels this time around, mostly in the USA, but also sporadic ones in China, Canada, UK, Mexico, Finland, India & Spain.  If I were travelling to Delhi this week, I’d definitely try and redeem to check out the Crowne Plaza Gurgaon which is only 15,000 IHG Priority Club points for this weekend.   Which one are you headed to? Related Post: Participate in IHG’s Instagram sweepstakes for 1 million points Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available via email, RSS.

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Register for IHG’s The Big Win promo to unlock your personalised offers

IHG has just launched their The Big Win promotion, one of the bigger and more interesting hotel promotions this year. This one is being compared with their Crack the Case  promotion a few years back, and justifiably so. The Big Win is a multilayered promotion, where you stand to gain multiple milestones on accomplishing different tasks in the promotion. If you’re an existing member of the IHG Club (previously Priority Club), you will get a personalised offer once you register. This will be valid for stays between September 1 to December 31, 2013. There are different offers out there, for example, Mommy Points, Miles for Blighty, One Mile at a Time, Loyalty Traveller they all report different versions of the…

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Going RTW: Holiday Inn LaGuardia NYC

Introduction & Trip Index <EY 101 (AUH-JFK), Etihad, First                         AC Maples Club Lounge, LGA> After my long wait in the queues for passport control, I was kind of tired. So I asked the chauffer to drive me to the hotel and dozed off for 20-30 minutes in the car itself. On arrival, I found myself in a small little cute hotel, which was good enough to spend one full jet-lagged night before heading on for Colorado Springs. Surprisingly, while the redemption rates for this one were 25,000 IHG Club points per night, those for a Holiday Inn Express nearby were 30,000 IHG Club points per night. I did not…

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Participate in IHG’s Instagram sweepstakes for 1 million points

IHG has been running a sweepstakes promotion since July 15, 2013 and open till September 1, 2013 11.59 PM ET. IHG is giving away a million IHG Reward Club Points to one lucky winner of the sweepstakes, entry for which is a very simple task. All you got to do is to register on discover.ihg.com, then go on and put up pictures of IHG hotels on Instagram and tag them with #DiscoverIHG and your location. The more pictures, the more number of entries in the sweepstakes. The prizes, like I mentioned above are: 1 grand prize of 10,00,000 IHG Reward Club points 7 weekly prizes of 1,00,000 IHG Reward Club points Participation is open to members who are legal residents…

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Holiday Inn Manali for 5K IHG points

The current Priority Club IHG Rewards Club PointsBreak list is now out, and amongst the list is Holiday Inn Manali, which is going for 5000 Priority Club IHG Rewards Club points for redemption bookings made for stay upto 31 August 2013. This particular Holiday Inn is a resort property, and usually goes for 20,000 IHG Club Reward points/night, so compared to that, this redemption price is a steal. Now I know it is not the best weather to go to Manali, but in case you’re adventurous, this is for you! Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available via email, RSS.

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Its raining 40% off sales from SPG, Intercontinental and of course Hilton

Just when vacation plans are already locked in and I’ve made quite a few reservations for the coming days, there is a flurry of sales that have hit my inbox today. I figure some of you may be interested in taking another vacation slightly cheaper. SPG has announced a resort sale in the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean which offers up to 40% off for bookings made till July 6 and stays can be made till September 30, 2012. About 70 resorts are taking part in this promotion. Obviously, if you click the link all of them look good, the pictures make them look good! The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and quite some…

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Rumors spark about an upcoming Marriott and InterContinental hotels merger

It is the job of financial analysts to spark rumors, and after the big bang talks of US Airways/American Airlines being one entity, here is another analyst looking into the crystal ball. According to analysts at Numis, which is an independent investment banking firm, IHG and Marriott could room together at some point of time because their expansion plans look similar. IHG runs over 4,500 hotels globally while Marriott operates 3,700 properties and the analysts estimate that the combination will lead to 9pc of global room supply. As per a report in the Daily Telegraph yesterday, Asking whether the two could “room together”, analysts at Numis thought that “hotel industry consolidation is inevitable at some stage” and considered a merger…

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Reader question about Priority Club changes

I recently wrote about the changes which are in place now with the Priority Club Reward nights, and also about the grace period available till 18th March 2012 to make a booking at the old point redemption rate. Reader David stopped by and asked a question which I thought I should answer here since others may also have similar doubts. do you know if there is a fixed number of times that you can make a booking(s) under the old rate? It would appear that this is a one-off thing (in terms of reservations) and I couldn’t make additional bookings after utilizing my points once for an older rate As per my information and experience, there is no fixed limit…

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Let’s get EVEN, The new healthy hotel brand from InterContinental

InterContinental Hotels’ parent company IHG has come up with a new hotel brand called EVEN it plans to launch in 2013. The focus of this brand of hotels is on healthy travel, and it intends to make everything in the hotel up to speed with the wellness aspect of travel. According to IHG, they made a study over 18 months and observed and talked to over 4,000 guests, and found the common thread that the need was there for a hotel which could help them with their health and wellness even when they travel. They have identified 4 priority areas – exercise, eat, work and rest. The approach towards these aspects sure seems unique and lateral, which may be a good thing.…

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