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A couple of years ago I wrote an article about why the IHG Partner Rate is my favourite ‘regular’ hotel discount. Simply by booking from the right page on the IHG website, you can save up to 30% on hotel stays!
Historically, there have been a number of different versions of the IHG Partner Rate available (British Swimming, Mastercard, Hertz, etc), but they all worked in the same way. I used to recommend that people use the Mastercard one, because the only eligibility requirement was to have a Mastercard (in the very unlikely event that you might be asked to prove eligibility!).
It now seems though that although the Mastercard link still goes to the relevant page and still lists the terms and conditions, it’s not actually pulling up the discounted rates when you click through.
The good news is that you can still access the discounted partner rates, you just need to use different links.
You can use the generic partner rate link here, although there a couple of issued with that one – it doesn’t have any terms and conditions attached to the booking page; and the search results sometimes state that the rate is unavailable, even when the discount has actually been applied to the results:
Things to be aware of…
IHG Partner Rate bookings are non-refundable, so only use it when your travel plans are firm.
Bookings must be made at least 21 days in advance of first night of stay
Discounts apply to stays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (with some limited midweek availability).
The partner Rate only applies to participating hotels in Europe.
Cashback doesn’t usually track on Partner Rate bookings, although I have had some success in the past using the American Airlines AAdvantage shopping portal.
If you don’t have proof of Hertz membership with you, fill in one of the forms here, just in case you’re asked at check in.
These rates do usually earn IHG Rewards Club Points and count towards elite status. The only time they don’t is on the rare occasion you come across a hotel that is offering a discount higher than the headline 30% rate. According to the terms, discounts can be as high as 45% and I think the cutoff for earning points is a discount of ~33%.
The IHG Partner Rate is a quick and simple way to save money when booking hotel stays. Over the years it’s saved me £1,000s!
Did you know about the IHG Partner Rate?