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I really don’t like paying for internet, so I like it when hotels have free internet.
From January 6, 2014, you get free internet access at ALL IHG Rewards hotels (except those in Europe, the Venetian & Palazzo).
The only requirement is that you are an IHG Rewards member. And membership is free and you can sign-up to be an IHG Rewards member via this link.
Many IHG Rewards hotels such as Holiday Inn and Candlewood Suites already provided free internet access, so it is nice to see that that the more expensive InterContinental & Crowne Plaza hotels will now offer free internet.
This would have saved me a lot of money when we visited Bora Bora!
We really like IHG Rewards hotels because they very often have basic comfortable hotel rooms at a reasonable price in most parts of the world.
Emily and I love staying at the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Staybridge Suites hotels when visiting family or on weekend getaways. The hotels are always reliably clean and convenient, with friendly service. We don’t need (or even want to) stay at 5-star hotels all the time!
IHG Rewards also has a great promotion called “Points Break” where you can book select IHG Rewards hotel for only 5,000 points a night!
Free Internet Even When You’re Not Staying at the Hotel
But it gets even better, because the terms say that you can just drop by an IHG Rewards hotel (except those in Europe) and get free internet! You only have to be and IHG Rewards member, which is free to sign-up for.
Beginning 6 January 2014, standard internet access will be available to all IHG® Rewards Club members at no additional cost at all IHG hotels located globally (except Europe) with or without a hotel reservation and/or qualifying stay. Hotels in Europe will be included later in 2014 at a date to be announced. IHG® Rewards Club Elite Status members have standard internet access at no additional cost at all IHG hotels worldwide.
Internet availability in common areas varies by hotel. Internet accessibility, speed, and connectivity in common areas and guest rooms vary by hotel. Details regarding a property’s internet accessibility are available at the hotel’s registration desk. Please note that The Venetian® and The Palazzo®, an InterContinental Alliance® Resort, do not offer the Free Internet Access benefit, which is instead included in the daily resort fee.
Some Hotels Are NOT Included
Unfortunately, you won’t get free internet at IHG Rewards hotels in Europe until July in 2014.
And the Venetian and Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas will not provide free internet.
That said, I hope that the internet speeds are fast enough to browse the web and check email. I’m not holding out hope that the internet speed will be fast enough to download or stream video!
I Can’t Wait for Free Internet at More Hotels!
I don’t like paying for internet at hotels, though I understand why hotels charge for it. Over the next 10 years, I’d expect almost all hotels to provide free internet, just like most hotels provide basic TV for free.
But I also expect hotels to charge more for faster internet speeds. So you’ll get the base internet for free, but will have to pay more to upgrade to a faster speed.
I like IHG Rewards’ bold policy of providing folks with free internet even if they are not staying in an IHG Rewards hotel! But I hope that the speeds are fast enough to browse the web and check email without getting frustrated.
I can’t wait for all the European IHG Rewards hotels to provide free internet in July 2014. And for other hotels to hopefully provide free internet as well!