What Are IHG Luxury Collection & Lifestyle Collection Programs and What Benefits Come With Each Program?

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What Are IHG Luxury Collection & Lifestyle Collection Programs and What Benefits Come With Each Program?


The other day I stumbled on a fairly new Hyatt Privé program that offers better perks when you book a cash reservation for a participating luxury Hyatt property using a qualified Hyatt Privé travel advisor. It appears that IHG also launched its own similar programs called IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection that are comprised of a collection of IHG's luxury hotels and resorts in the world. These two programs have different participating IHG hotel brands. Let's take a closer look at both programs to see if they are worth it. 

What Is IHG Luxury & Lifestyle Program
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    What Are IHG Luxury Collection & IHG Lifestyle Collection?

    The IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection are programs designed for qualified travel agencies who specialize in luxury and lifestyle travel experiences to provide recommendations and make reservations for their clients at participating IHG luxury hotels and resorts. Both programs allow qualified travel agents to offer bookings that come with several benefits such as daily complimentary breakfast, room upgrade, guaranteed late check-out and more that you typically cannot get if you were to book directly with IHG without paying extra for those perks. Therefore, you must book this IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection rate with an approved travel agent. Both of these IHG luxury programs are very much the same as Hyatt Privé

    IHG Luxury Collection Hotel Brands

    • InterContinental
    • Kimpton (Mostly outside the US)

    IHG Lifestyle Collection Hotel Brands

    • Kimpton (US only)
    • Hotel Indigo 

    IHG Luxury Collection Benefits

    IHG Luxury Collection guests will receive the following special benefits:

    • $100 hotel credits.
    • Complimentary Daily Breakfast for two.
    • Upgrade to next room category (subject to availability on arrival).
    • Bottled water, fresh fruit, and snacks in room upon arrival.
    • Guaranteed late check-out until 2PM.
    • Turn down service as appropriate by brand.
    • Handwritten, personalized welcome card.
    • No walk policy.
    • Priority wait list.
    • Free unlimited Wi-Fi. 

    IHG Lifestyle Collection Benefits

    IHG Lifestyle Collection benefits do not include free breakfast as IHG Luxury Collection benefits, but you can use the $50 hotel credits towards breakfast. Overall, the benefits are still better than you were to book directly with IHG though. IHG Lifestyle Collection guests will receive the following special benefits:
    • $50 hotel credits.
    • Upgrade to next room category (subject to availability on arrival).
    • Bottled water, fresh fruit, and snacks in room upon arrival.
    • Late check-out until 2PM, subject to availability. 
    • Turn down service as appropriate by brand.
    • Handwritten, personalized welcome card.
    • No walk policy.
    • Priority wait list.
    • Free unlimited Wi-Fi. 

    IHG Luxury & Lifestyle Collections Minimum Stay

    IHG recently made a positive update that both programs no longer have minimum stay required. So you will get all above mentioned benefits even for a 1-night stay at each program's worldwide participating IHG hotels and resorts. 

    IHG Luxury Collection & IHG Lifestyle Collection Rates

    The good news is when you use a travel agent to book a participating IHG Luxury & Lifestyle Collection's hotel, the rate is the same as the Best Flexible Rate that you find on IHG's booking website. However, this means that it is not possible to book IHG Rewards Club member rate, pre-paid non-refundable rate, AAA rate, corporate rate, any discount rate, or rewards night stay including points + cash rate. Any other programs such as the Citi Prestige fourth night free benefit also cannot be used in conjunction with IHG Luxury Collection or IHG Lifestyle Collection's rate. 

    IHG tends to offer non-refundable rate for IHG Rewards Club members at a good discounted rate, so the Best Flexible Rate tends to be more expensive, but when you can receive $50-$100 hotel credits to spend during your stay and room upgrade along with the late check-out, these benefits can really maximize the best flexible rate when you use IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection travel agency service.

    Is IHG Luxury & Lifestyle Collection Service Free?

    Yes. It is not any difference from when you book travels with a travel agency. They receive booking commissions from IHG for helping you out to book a successful IHG reservation, but you pay nothing else other than the total cost of the Best Flexible Rate per night and taxes. 

    Does Each IHG Luxury and IHG Lifestyle Rate Earn IHG Points and Night Credits?

    Yes. Each IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection's rate is considered an eligible rate to earn IHG Rewards Club points and elite night stay credits. It does not matter what your elite status with IHG is to receive all those IHG Luxury and Lifestyle benefits, but if you have elite status with IHG your status will be recognized as well during your stay. Everything is pretty much the same in terms of earning IHG points, night credits and elite status if you were to book directly with IHG. 

    How to Make an IHG Luxury Collection or an IHG Lifestyle Collection Reservation?

    As it has been discussed up to this point, IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection programs are only available to a qualified and IHG approved travel agency. You cannot book IHG Luxury or Lifestyle rate on your own with IHG. You cannot view any special promotions that involve IHG Luxury or IHG Lifestyle rate without reaching out to that travel agent. Everything must go through the travel agent which includes any changes and cancellations made to the reservation. 

    If you already have a travel agent in mind or know a travel agent, you can check with him/her to see if their travel agency participates in the IHG Luxury Collection and IHG Lifestyle Collection programs. Otherwise, here's one travel agency that I have no affiliation with. I found it from searching online - QX Travel

    IHG Luxury Collection Properties List

    At the time of this writing, below is a compiled list of IHG properties that participate in IHG Luxury Collection program. Please double check with your travel agent for a particular participating IHG property. 

    InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

    InterContinental Sao Paulo
    InterContinental Toronto Yorkville
    InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
    InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
    InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
    InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
    InterContinental Miami
    InterContinental New York Barclay
    InterContinental New York Times Square
    InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
    InterContinental San Francisco
    InterContinental Washington D.C. The Wharf
    InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C.
    InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort
    InterContinental Presidente Cozumel
    InterContinental Presidente México City
    InterContinental Vienna
    InterContinental Sofia
    InterContinental Prague
    InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
    InterContinental Carlton Cannes
    InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu
    InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau
    InterContinental Paris Le Grand
    InterContinental Berlin
    InterContinental Düsseldorf
    InterContinental Athenaeum Athens
    InterContinental Dublin
    InterContinental Malta
    InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
    InterContinental Estoril
    InterContinental Lisbon
    InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas
    InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya
    InterContinental Ljubljana
    InterContinental Madrid
    InterContinental Davos
    InterContinental Genève
    InterContinental Kyiv
    InterContinental London The O2
    InterContinental London Park Lane
    InterContinental Hong Kong
    InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
    InterContinental Bali Resort
    InterContinental ANA Tokyo
    InterContinental ANA The Strings
    InterContinental Osaka
    InterContinental ANA Manza Beach Resort
    InterContinental ANA Ishigaki Resort
    InterContinental Grand Seoul Parnas
    InterContinental Singapore
    InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
    InterContinental Bangkok
    InterContinental Hua Hin Resort
    InterContinental Samui Baan Taling
    InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
    InterContinental Danang Sun
    InterContinental Nha Trang
    InterContinental Saigon
    InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
    InterContinental Perth City Centre
    InterContinental Sydney
    InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
    InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
    InterContinental Wellington
    InterContinental Amman (Jordan)
    InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut
    InterContinental Doha
    InterContinental Abu Dhabi
    InterContinental Dubai Festival City
    InterContinental Dubai Marina
    InterContinental Fujairah Resort
    InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun
    InterContinental Century City Chengdu
    InterContinental Chengdu Global Center
    InterContinental Changsha
    InterContinental Kunming
    InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort
    InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin
    InterContinental Shenzhen
    InterContinental Suzhou

    Kimpton Hotels & Restauants

    Miami – Kimpton EPIC Hotel
    West Hollywood – Kimpton La Peer Hotel
    Toronto – Kimpton Saint George Hotel
    Bangkok – Kimpton Maa-Lai
    Tokyo – Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo
    Cayman Islands – Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa
    Amsterdam – Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam
    Barcelona – Kimpton Vividora Barcelona
    Edinburgh – Kimpton Charlotte Square
    Manchester – Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
    London – Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel
    Glasgow – Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

    Hotel Indigo

    Los Angeles – Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
    New York City – Hotel Indigo Lower East Side
    Paris – Hotel Indigo Paris Opera
    Rome – Hotel Indigo St. George
    Lijiang – Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town
    Shanghai – Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund
    Bali – Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach

    Regent Hotels & Resorts

    Regent Beijing 
    Regent Berlin
    Regent Porto Montenegro
    Regent Singapore
    Regent Taipei


    IHG Lifestyle Collection Properties List

    At the time of this writing, below is a compiled list of IHG properties that participate in IHG Lifestyle Collection program. Please double check with your travel agent for a particular participating IHG property. 

    Kimpton Hotels & Restauants

    Austin – Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
    Baltimore – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore 
    Boston – Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
    Cambridge – Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
    Charlotte – Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel 
    Chicago – Kimpton The Gray
    Chicago – Kimpton Hotel Allegro
    Chicago – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
    Cleveland – Kimpton Schofield Hotel
    Denver – Kimpton Hotel Born
    Denver – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver
    Huntington Beach – Kimpton Shorebreak Resort
    Los Angeles – Kimpton Everly Hotel
    Los Angeles – Kimpton Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills
    Manchester, VT – Kimpton Taconic Hotel
    Miami – Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach
    Miami – Kimpton Angler’s Hotel
    Milwaukee – Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
    Nashville – Kimpton Aertson Hotel
    New York – Kimpton Hotel Eventi
    New York – Kimpton Muse Hotel
    Palm Springs – Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
    Pheonix – Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
    Philadelphia – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
    Philadelphia – Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
    Pittsburgh – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
    Portland – Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland
    Portland – Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel
    Salt Lake City – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
    San Diego – Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
    Sacramento – Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
    Santa Barbara – Kimpton Canary Hotel
    Seattle – Kimpton Alexis Hotel
    St. Pete Beach – Kimpton Hotel Zamora
    Vero Beach – Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel + Spa
    Washington D.C. – Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC
    Washington D.C. – Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel
    Washington D.C. – Kimpton George Hotel
    Washington D.C. – Kimpton Glover Park Hotel
    Winston-Salem, NC – Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

    Hotel Indigo

    Los Angeles – Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
    Miami – Hotel Indigo Miami Brickell
    Brooklyn – Hotel Indigo Williamsburg Brooklyn
    New York City – Hotel Indigo Lower East Side
    Paris – Hotel Indigo Paris Opera
    London – Hotel Indigo London Kensington
    Manchester – Hotel Indigo Manchester Victoria Station
    Rome – Hotel Indigo St. George
    Venice – Hotel Indigo Venice St. George
    Lijiang – Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town
    Shanghai – Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund
    Bali – Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
    Bangkok – Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road
    Dubai – Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown
    Kanagawa, Japan – Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora

    Why Should You Care About IHG Luxury & Lifestyle Collection Programs?

    I have to admit, all my luxury flying and hotel stays are mostly done by the help of miles and points. I hardly used cash to pay for those luxury experiences. It is true that I perform most of my travel bookings by myself, but IHG Luxury and Lifestyle reservations offer so much valuable benefits such as hotel credits, room upgrade, free daily breakfast for two, guaranteed late check-out, etc. regardless of one's elite status with IHG program. Furthermore, IHG Luxury and Lifestyle rate is an eligible rate that also earns IHG points and elite night credits, plus it is the same Best Flexible Rate that appears on IHG website which offers flexible cancellation policy. With all that being said, I can't really see why I would not move all my IHG cash reservations for a participating IHG luxury property to have a qualified IHG Luxury and Lifestyle travel agent books it for me instead moving forward. If you think otherwise, I would love to hear from you. 
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    PL

    Posted by: PL

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