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Joining a hotel loyalty program is one of the easiest ways to get free nights or free upgrades at luxury hotels. Over the next few months I will review the loyalty programs of Starwood, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and IHG hotels. I have already reviewed the advantages of the Leading Hotels Of the World Standard and Unlimited membership.

However, today, in my series of cheap luxury travel secrets, I wanted to focus on IHG Rewards Club ‘Friends & Family’ rates which enable you to book Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, InterContinental, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels at a discounted rate.

It is also worth mentioning at this point, that if you book any luxury hotel or ordinary hotel stay (at ihg.com, marriott, spg, hilton etc), please do not hesitate to contact our luxury travel concierge to get a quote before booking. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, discounts and special benefits.

What is IHG Friends & Family?

The ‘Friends & Family’ rate is aimed at people who are friends or relatives of hotel employees. However, IHG has not stopped or kicked up about the general public using this discounted rate either and links to these rates are widely available on forums like flyertalk – here is a link to IHG friends & family discounted rates that I use.

What Saving Can I Make With A IHG Friends & Family Discounted Rate

The Friends & Family deals are very good value. Just take a look at the savings that I make on the Intercontinental Park Lane in London which I have reviewed and love (see their club lounge pictured above):
Date: 22-23 April
Friends & Family Rate is £264.38
This compares to a “Best Available” rate of £311

This is a saving of 15% and is a very good deal for this hotel. You will have to use the link above to investigate rates at your preferred IHG hotel but it is likely that the savings will be significant. Always bear in mind that these rates do not enable changes or refunds and they do not earn IHG Rewards Club points or stay credits.

Want A Bargain?

Take a look at our luxury travel auctions, one of the best places to pick up a travel bargain for a fraction of its actual price. You can also join our auction club mailing list at the bottom of our auction pages to be kept up to date with the latest auction bargains… Don’t miss out.

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