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Review: Hotel Intercontinental Marine Drive, Mumbai

Last weekend was an overwhelming one, mostly for reasons that a strenuous travel schedule for this year was coming to an end, and it was the birthday of my partner and I’d decided to surprise her. I was just off a 9-hour flight less than 12 hours ago, and while I don’t get jetlagged, I was running on 2 hours of sleep. So, I thought checking into a hotel was going to be a better bet than staying home or going out, also to give vent to some of my own intentions, that I never get to stay in a hotel in Mumbai! Coming to the hotel, I missed the mark with catching the 7-day out rate, and got inside…

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IHG Rewards Club 24-hour flash sale coming Monday 21 October 2013

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) club, is planning to run a flash sale on Monday 21 October 2013, 10 AM EST, for reward nights at some of their hotels. The promotion will have hotel stays booked for stays between 23 October to 22 November 2013 at 50% to 75% discount from their usual points price. Properties are spread out across China, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, Germany, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Mexico, UAE, Dominican Republic and the United States. Mostly Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza properties, but a couple of Intercontinental Hotels here and there as well, including Madrid, which I remember as the place I’ve had the best Eggs Benedict ever. It is nice to look up the properties and…

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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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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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Last day to book your Priority Club Awards on the old rates

Priority Club, the loyalty program of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, decided to readjust their loyalty program this year again in January 2013. They moved from a brand-based system, to a category-based system, where each property could cost differently depending on the category it is going to be housed in. Here is the earlier redemption chart (pre-18 January 2013): and here is the new one: Now, I pulled up the information for the various IHG properties in India, and most of the properties do see a downward readjustment, so it makes sense to book these properties with the new rates and you can do that online at www.priorityclub.com. Brand City Priority Club Points (Old) Priority Club Points (New) Difference Crowne Plaza…

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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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