• IHG plans new Hotel Indigo property for Brisbane

    InterContinental Hotels Group will debut its first Hotel Indigo property in the region by 2020 with the opening of the Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley hotel. Located at 458 Brunswick Street in ‘The Valley’ – Brisbane’s entertainment and nightlife district – t...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2016 1 Comment

  • IHG Rewards Club tightens perks on 'third party' hotel bookings

    IHG Rewards Club members will no longer be treated to their usual membership perks on hotel stays booked via third party websites such as Booking.com and Expedia from January 2017. From the New Year, travellers must instead make reservations through IHG – including online, using the IHG ap...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • IHG brings boutique Kimpton hotel to Paris, France

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will bring its Kimpton Hotels brand to Paris by 2020, opening a new 149-room hotel amidst the famous Paris Opéra district. It’s set to become just the second location in Europe for the boutique chain after the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre ho...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Frequent flyer update: Qantas, Virgin Australia, CX and more

    There's plenty happening in the world of frequent flyer programs and this past week is no exception for members of Qantas Frequent Flyer, Virgin Australia Velocity, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and more. In case you've missed some of the top stories, here's an executive summary to get you up to spe...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Is buying hotel points to 'save' on hotel stays good value?

    Buying airline miles to book low-cost business class and first class flights is an almost-secret trick of savvy travellers as the cost of those miles is significantly lower than buying a ticket on the same flight in the ‘usual’ way: but does that same principle also apply to hotel poi...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2016 5 Comments

  • Luxury InterContinental London - The O2 hotel opens

    The InterContinental Hotels Group now counts another London location on its map with the opening of the InterContinental London - The O2 hotel on the Greenwich Peninsula, adjacent to O2 Arena. Nearby the North Greenwich Tube station and with 453 rooms including 59 suites, guests are well-situate...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

  • IHG to debut new Hotel Indigo Berlin City: East Side property

    The InterContinental Hotels Group continues to grow its presence in Germany with the signing of a new-build property in the Hotel Indigo Berlin City: East Side – due to open in late 2017. Its Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg location within Berlin’s creative districts also makes for easy acc...

    POSTED 17 Sep, 2015 0 Comments

  • Road test: Japan's ANA Crowne Plaza hotels for business travellers

    Business travellers have come to expect a few basic hotel amenities from every stay, whether they've booked a luxurious suite or a simple room with a view. On that list is fast and reliable Internet access, a comfortable space to work while away from the office and a great hotel location to take...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2015 3 Comments

  • InterContinental Wellington hotel completes comprehensive revamp

    Guests visiting the InterContinental Wellington hotel will now enjoy a like-new experience in its guestrooms, restaurants and conference facilities following the completion of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation project. The works began by introducing a new ‘Deluxe’ type to...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2015 2 Comments

  • Turning hotel loyalty points into airline frequent flyer points

    While loyalty to a favourite hotel chain can bring perks such as free breakfast and room upgrades, frequent business travellers know that this isn’t always practical or even possible – some chains may not serve every city in your itinerary, or your employer may find a cheaper deal els...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2015 1 Comment

  • IHG Rewards Club revamp: Spire Elite VIP tier, 12 month point expiry

    IHG is rejigging its Rewards Club loyalty program with a new VIP tier dubbed Spire Elite, along with revised qualification requirements for its existing Gold and Platinum levels. Spire Elite will slot in above Platinum in the Rewards Club pecking order and be earned after spending...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2015 7 Comments

  • Transfer hotel loyalty points to Qantas, earn a 50% bonus

    Members of the Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club and Marriott Rewards programs should act fast to pocket a 50% bonus when converting their hotel loyalty points into Qantas frequent flyer points. Available between Friday May 22 and Friday May 29 2015 (inclusive), there’s...

    POSTED 21 May, 2015 6 Comments

  • Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles opening in 2016

    Los Angeles will gain its first Hotel Indigo property with the opening of the Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles hotel by the end of next year. Tied to the InterContinental Hotels Group and IHG Rewards Club, the 18-storey, 350-room hotel is part of a larger billion dollar development dubbed &lsqu...

    POSTED 21 May, 2015 0 Comments

  • Earn Qantas, Virgin Australia frequent flyer points on hotel stays

    Whether you’re planning an overnight domestic hop or a longer international jaunt, don’t miss out on earning a hoard of Qantas or Virgin Australia frequent flyer points on your next hotel stay. With many hotels, it’s not as simple as presenting your frequent flyer card at the c...

    POSTED 18 May, 2015 6 Comments

  • IHG

    Taking the reins from the former Wyndham Grand Berlin hotel, IHG’s Crowne Plaza Berlin, Potsdamer Platz hotel is now welcoming guests through its doors. Despite its name, however, Potsdamer Platz is roughly 15 minutes away on foot, but boasts a selection of shops, restaurants and bars to v...

    POSTED 6 May, 2015 1 Comment

  • New hotels on the map for Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia

    Travellers venturing to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia will find new hotels waiting for them – both now and over the coming year – with many of the usual 'freebies' including Internet access and room upgrades on offer for members of the various loyalty programs. Among them:...

    POSTED 4 May, 2015 1 Comment

  • New InterContinental hotel to open in Southwest Washington, D.C.

    Southwest Washington D.C. will play home to a new InterContinental hotel, expected to open in mid-2017. The 278-room property is currently under construction as part of ‘The Wharf’ – a larger project with mixed-use buildings located on the historic Washington Channel. Compleme...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2015 0 Comments

  • Kimpton Hotels to join InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

    InterContinental Hotels Group will acquire American-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for US$430 million, bringing the boutique hotel brand under the IHG Rewards Club banner. Once the transaction is complete, Rewards Club members will be able to earn and redeem points at Kimpton brand hotel...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2014 0 Comments

  • InterContinental Sydney Double Bay hotel opens this week

    Standing at 140 rooms, the new InterContinental Sydney Double Bay hotel opens its doors on Thursday following a multi-million dollar refurbishment of all guest rooms and public areas. Originally the Ritz-Carlton Double Bay hotel in 1991 and later migrating to the Stamford brand, the new property...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2014 11 Comments

  • IHG to open Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong hotel in 2016

    Singapore will get its first Hotel Indigo property in 2016 with the opening of the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong hotel in 2016. Located in the Joo Chiat neighbourhood of Katong in the eastern part of Singapore, the 131-room hotel will be a short 15-minute drive from Singapore’s Changi Airp...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Our Friday frequent flyer points wrap

    Want to earn 4.5 Velocity Frequent Flyer points per dollar on your everyday credit card spend, along with Velocity points and status credits on South African Airways’ flights from Australia to Johannesburg? Or are you keen to earn Qantas status credits on flights booked with frequent flyer...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles: western USA's tallest building

    California will pick up a new 900-room hotel in 2017 with the opening of the InterContinental hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Poised to become the largest InterContinental hotel in the Americas, the 73-storey, 335-metre tall property will also be named the tallest building in the western United S...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Buy IHG Rewards Club points, save 25% on hotel stays

    UPDATE | Members of IHG Rewards Club once again have a shot at discounted hotel stays, with the chain offering travellers a 60% bonus on Rewards Club points bought by 1:59pm (AEST) on November 1 2014. Rather than booking a hotel room the more 'traditional' way, travellers can instead purchase po...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2014 2 Comments

  • InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay hotel opening in 2016

    Singapore travellers will have a choice of InterContinental hotels come 2016 with the opening of the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay property. Located along the prominent Singapore River, the 225-room hotel is part of RB Capital’s Robertson Quay Project – rejuvenating the a...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

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