Historically, there were a number of different versions of the IHG Partner Rate (Mastercard, Hertz, etc) offering discounts at IHG hotels in Europe/Middle East/Africa. Sadly, the days of 30% discounts seem to be over for now, but you can still save up to 15% off the flexible rate by using this booking page here.
What’s the catch?
There isn’t one really – but you do need to pay close attention to the terms, as the rate won’t always best suit your needs.
The offer only applies to hotels in Europe, India, Middle East, Africa and the Maldives. Late check out and a welcome drink are also available in those regions excluding Europe.
To be eligible for the discount, you must book the hotel stay through the dedicated IHG website. The discount is deducted from the flexible rate without any discount for members of the loyalty program. In practice you will usually save approximately something like 10%.
When booking, it is also necessary to pay the deposit for the first night. You can cancel bookings free of charge up to 72 hours before arrival. After that you pay for the entire booking. So if you have booked several nights, you also have to pay for them if you cancel within 72 hours before arrival.
The discount for Mastercard holders can be used until December 31st, 2022, for stays until January 3rd, 2023. The lower rate is only valid if you book at least three days in advance. All terms and conditions of this promotion can be found on the booking page.
If you are happy to book a completely non-refundable rate, you will often be able to find cheaper options than the IHG Mastercard Partner Rate. Similarly, if you need the flexibility of being able to cancel closer to a stay than 72 hours, the rate won’t help.
For stays when you want a bit of flexibility though, you will often be able to save some money by using the discount rate.
I like to view promotions like this as another tool in the ‘travel hacking toolbox’, rather than a silver bullet. It won’t always suit your needs or save you money, but is well worth knowing about.
If you spot a better IHG partner rate, please let me know in the comments below!