SINGAPORE, 28 MAY 2019: InterContinental Hotels Group launched its global sale, that claims to offer guests a 20% off the Best Flexible Rate at participating hotels.
The deal is on offer for bookings made by 31 July, but the stay dates are valid until 15 September.
Guests will automatically receive the discount when booking on the website ihg.com/globalsale. They must book at least three days in advance of their stay dates.
The offer is open on properties in the US, Europe and Asia, while IHG Rewards Club members can tap an extra discount and earn points.
Guests must pay for the full holiday stay at the time of the booking without the refund option. You use it or lose it. Discounts vary by hotel and blackout dates apply. Rooms are subject to availability and certain room types may be excluded from the offer.
We checked out the offer in Bangkok where there are 29 hotels participating and in Singapore, 12 properties, for a one-night stay mid-June.
Holiday Inn Silom in Bangkok quoted a rate of THB1920 before tax and service compared with THB1,881 for Reward Club members.
The non-member rate rounds off at THB2259 for a standard room with tax and service, under its best available rate policy.
Although a check of offers on Agoda.com confirms a slightly more expensive rate of THB2,306.62, including tax and service, the Agoda rate gets you a deluxe non-smoking room. The deal is also non-refundable.
In Singapore, we checked the Holiday Inn Express Clark Quay where a standard room sells for SGD206.21, or THB4,770.l61 with tax and service included.
On Agoda, the same room sells for THB4,995.65 after tax and service. You save around THB225 by booking directly with IHG. However, the slightly more expensive deal on Agoda has the incentive that you can pay when you arrive at the hotel.
IHG hotels even with their 20% global sale offer are likely to be just a mite cheaper than what is quoted on popular hotel booking sites to justify the best available rate description. If you are an IHG Rewards Club member you earn points and save an additional THB100 for good measure, but the bottom line saving is not as dramatic as the global hotel group would have us believe.