NEWS: How to get free upgrades, hotel credit and more with Intercontinental & Kimpton hotels + others

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Many hotel chains have special benefits for travel agents that are not available except through these particular programs when you book with a specialist agent. For example, Hyatt has a program called Prive and Marriott has one called Accolades. These offer perks such as upgrades, room credit and other special offers depending on the hotel. Plus you can still earn points and get status benefits.

IHG has just launched two new programs called the IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection. Each collection offers a tailored service and a variety of exclusive benefits.  Regent, InterContinental, and Kimpton hotels (outside the US) are part of the Luxury Collection and Kimpton (US-only) and Indigo being in the new Lifestyle Collection. In addition to the new benefits, both collections remove the 2-night minimum requirement.

The rates that you book are more expensive than some advance purchase rates, as these are the flexible rates. Obviously, at the moment that’s very handy, plus the benefits nearly always outweigh the extra cost. 

 

Here is an overview of the 2 new programs:

What is the IHG Luxury Collection?

The IHG Luxury Collection is specially designed for Regent, Intercontinental, and Kimpton Hotels (mainly non-US with a few exceptions), containing different types of benefits to its Lifestyle counterpart.

What are the IHG Luxury Collection benefits?

Intercontinental Danang

The IHG Luxury Collection now offers a $100 worth of hotel services (determined by the hotel, this could be $100 for the restaurant or a massage in the SPA), breakfast for 2 in the hotel restaurant (daily) and a guaranteed 2pm late check-out. You’ll also be able to receive a room upgrade to the next category upon arrival (if available), have access to complimentary Wi-Fi for an unlimited number of devices and receive a personalised, handwritten welcome card in your room as you arrive. There will also be a bottle of water, fresh fruit / snacks in your room, a turn down service and VIP status for your stay.

  • $100 hotel services (to be determined by the hotel)
  • Breakfast for 2 in the hotel restaurant daily
  • Guaranteed 2pm late check-out
  • Upgrade to next category upon arrival, if available
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for unlimited number of devices
  • Handwritten, personalised welcome card
  • Bottled water, fresh fruit / snacks in room upon arrival
  • Turn down service
  • VIP status

Which hotels participate in the IHG Luxury Collection?

In total there are 5 Regent, 90 InterContinental and 12 Kimpton Hotels. Here is the complete list:

 

What is the IHG Lifestyle Collection?

Hotel Indigo Bali

The IHG Lifestyle Collection is specially designed for Kimpton and Indigo Hotels, for Kimpton this includes hotels in the US. The Lifestyle Collection contains different types of benefits to its Luxury counterpart, we’ve provided a full list so you can compare the two.

 

What are the IHG Lifestyle Collection benefits?

Your exclusive benefits at IHG’s Lifestyle Collection hotels start with $50 hotel credit (exact benefits is determined by the hotel), an upgrade to the next room category upon arrival (if available) and access to complimentary Wi-Fi for an unlimited number of devices. You’ll also receive a handwritten, personalised welcome card in your room, along with fresh fruit / snacks and bottled water. Your stay will also include a turn-down service, VIP status and a 2pm late check-out (if available).

  • $50 hotel services (to be determined by the hotel)
  • Upgrade to next category upon arrival, if available
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for unlimited number of devices
  • Handwritten, personalised welcome card
  • Bottled water, fresh fruit / snacks in room upon arrival
  • Turn down service
  • VIP status
  • 2pm late check-out, if available

Which hotels participate in the IHG Lifestyle Collection?

In total there are 14 Indigo and 38 Kimpton Hotels.

 

How do you book?

You will need to find a specialist agent such as QX Travel or Private Upgrades.

Thanks to qxtravel.io for the information.

 

1 Comment on "NEWS: How to get free upgrades, hotel credit and more with Intercontinental & Kimpton hotels + others"

  1. I have signed up for IHG membership and I must say it is not worth it: I signed up whilst we were in Sydney Australia, Intercontinental hotel. Most of the hotels rooms from IGH are old and run down; service is not consistent from hotel to hotel; the best hotel service we had was when we visited Romania. When we visited Bora Bora and I was still a member there were no upgrades or complimentary anything in fact they take you around the property with your luggage instead of accommodating you first at your room. The over water bangalo was substandard. My apologies to bomb your article but in my opinion it is not worth it.

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