Did you know the name Holiday Inn given to the original hotel was a joke?
The name was a reference to the 1942 Christmas-themed film Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
Well the name stuck!
I long for the 1960’s when Holiday Inn’s beckoned road-weary family travelers with amenities such as outdoor swimming pools, bonded babysitters, room service, and free dog kennels.
Yup, free dog kennels. A summer road trip was easier to organize in those days, if you set your sights on lodging at a Holiday Inn every night.
Eight Percent Cash Back at Holiday Inns and other IHG Hotels
Ebates is a cash back shopping portal that offers rebates on online purchases including hotel bookings with IHG Hotels. The regular payout rate is 4 percent cash back, but currently, Ebates is offering 8 percent cash back on hotel reservations with IHG.
You can go through the Ebates portal, and you will still earn points for your hotel reservation with IHG.
- Holiday Inns
- Holiday Inn Express
- Crowne Plaza
- Hotel Indigo
- Staybridge Suites
- Candlewood Suites
Of these brands, Holiday Inn Express is my current favorite.
We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Orem, Utah in 2011. The modern decor at this hotel was inspiring. I loved the tiled lobby and hand blown glass decorations. But what really won me over was the upholstery pattern in the rooms — the same fabric we had chosen for our dining room chairs.
We booked a standard room via Priceline, and got a very competitive rate of $49!
The fine print from Ebates states that cash back is only available for commissionable IHG rates. Specially negotiated rates such as IHG Friends & Family are not eligible for cash back. Further, it may take up to 40 days after travel is completed for cash back to show up in your Ebates account.
I’m not sure how long the 8 percent cash back will be in effect at Ebates.
Eight Percent Cash Back from IHG Hotels at FatWallet
FatWallet is a similar online shopping portal that I have had great success with.
FatWallet is currently offering a payout rate of 8 percent at Holiday Inn Hotels only. The other IHG brand hotels are offered at a payout rate of 5.5 percent.