5 Destinations to Consider During the IHG Annual Sale
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
We recently shared information about the ongoing IHG Annual Sale -- during which you can save a minimum of 20%* off IHG's Best Flexible Rate. And today, we want to dive into some great properties to consider and show exactly how much you can actually save during the sale.
As a quick recap, here's how the promotion works:
Deal: 20% off the Best Flexible Rate*
Where: US and Canada
Who: Anyone can benefit from this sale and IHG Rewards Club members can see a few extra perks when using certain credit cards. See ‘Pay With’ tip below.
Travel Dates: Through March 31, 2019
Hotel Brands: InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Resort®, Holiday Inn® Club Vacations, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®
Advanced Purchase: Minimum of 3 days ahead of stay
Purchase By: January 7, 2019
Pay With: IHG Rewards Club Premier Card (10 points per $1 on IHG hotels), Citi Prestige Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier® Card (3 points per $1 on hotels) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per $1 on travel)
Holiday Inn Express South Lake Tahoe
With snow falling this winter, I can't wait to find time to strap on some skis and launch myself down a mountain. So, I started my search out in popular ski areas and stumbled across the Holiday Inn Express South Lake Tahoe. As with all Holiday Inn Express properties, breakfast is included, and I'm already planning to gobble up a few pancakes before making my way over to the nearby slopes.
While the outdoor pool will be closed for the season, the indoor sauna will certainly be appreciated by sore muscles after a day on the slopes. But you won't have to soothe a bruised wallet thanks to reasonable rates like this:
Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan
Another one of the properties that I stumbled across when looking into options for myself is this Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown. Located near Madison Square Garden and Times Square, it's a great home base for those looking to explore the the Big Apple. Having just opened in January 2018, it landed it as one of TPG's hottest hotel openings of the year in NYC.
You'll score a nice discount on this property through the Annual Sale:
Holiday Inn Express Waikiki
While Holiday Inn Express might not pop into your head when you think about relaxing on a beach in Hawaii, you might want to give it a chance. Prices in Hawaii quite expensive -- not surprisingly since the 50th state is located in the middle of an ocean. But this means that Holiday Inn Express' free breakfast is actually much more of a perk than in other locations. Along with nearby beaches, there are on-site activities that you might not associate with a Holiday Inn Express: private pool cabanas, 9-hole mini-golf, ping pong and foosball tables, kids' game room and even yoga classes for the $25 per day resort fee.
And in an infamously expensive tourist destination, you can get some quite-reasonable rates at this just-renovated property to hopefully pair with your cheap flight out to the islands.
avid hotel Oklahoma City -- Quail Springs
Katie and I enjoyed our stay at the first-ever Avid Hotel located in Oklahoma City. The brand is a new twist on a budget-friendly, functional property, while still including perks like free breakfast, a well-stocked fitness center and a surprisingly-comfortable mattress. And you can try it out for yourself for even cheaper during the Annual Sale -- like this three-night weekend stay for just $73 per night including taxes/fees:
EVEN Hotel Seattle
Speaking of new brands, another newer IHG brand that I have enjoyed staying at a few times in New York City is the wellness-themed EVEN Hotels brand. From exercise tools and standing desks in the room to the biggest hotel gym I've ever seen, my EVEN Hotels experiences have left me energized ... even if I didn't end up using the exercise equipment that stay.
Now the brand has expanded to 9 locations, including the EVEN Hotels in Seattle. Its location is prime — within walking distance of Pike Place Market and right next to Amazon's HQ1. And, you can check it out for yourself for a steal. Here's a long Friday-Monday option in early January for just $352 total ($117 per night) for the three-night stay:
To score upgrades that go along with your Annual Sale deal, make sure to snag the IHG Rewards Premier Card to score Platinum Elite status -- and an 80,000-point signup bonus, after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months from account opening, plus an additional 40,000 bonus points after spending a total of $5,000 on purchases within 6 months of account opening, that could help you extend your vacation. If you already have the card, make sure to use it on all IHG transactions to get 10x IHG points per $1 spent. Based on the TPG valuations for IHG Rewards points, that's a solid 6% return on your spending. Plus, you'll automatically get every fourth night free when redeeming for reward nights.
*Terms apply - view full terms and conditions here.