London, UK: IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty programme of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), gifted Pakistani couple Huma Mobin and Arsalaan Sever the honeymoon of their dreams after a visa issue meant newlywed bride Huma was forced to honeymoon solo – her hilarious pictures going viral and capturing headlines around the globe.
After tying the knot in July last year, the couple had planned a 10-day honeymoon in Greece, but when Arsalaan couldn’t get a Visa in time, his bride Huma was forced to honeymoon without him – instead taking her in-laws on what was supposed to be a romantic trip for the two of them.
Sharing her memories with her new husband, Huma posted photos on Facebook of her time abroad. Rather than smiling and enjoying herself, Huma posed with a distraught look on her face. The couple’s plight and the hilarious snaps captured the sympathy of the world’s media, making headlines around the globe.
After seeing how Huma and Arsalaan’s honeymoon didn’t go quite to plan, IHG Rewards Club offered the couple one million IHG Rewards Club points so they could embark on the European honeymoon they never got to take together.
The couple used the points to book flights as well as their hotel accommodation and are spending 12 nights in Europe, staying at Holiday Inn Express Barcelona – City 22@ in Spain, InterContinental Paris – Le Grand in France, InterContinental Lisbon in Portugal and Holiday Inn Rome – Aurelia in Italy.
With more than 99 million members globally, IHG Rewards Club is the first, largest and fastest growing guest loyalty programme in the hotel industry. Focusing more on possibilities than points, IHG Rewards Club rewards members with a host of ways to redeem points, from hotel nights, flights and car rentals to music downloads and brand merchandise. Booking directly with IHG Rewards club also guarantees the lowest price.
Currently halfway through their trip, Arsalaan Sever said, “We are so thankful to IHG Rewards Club for giving us this dream honeymoon. We spent Christmas in Barcelona, celebrated New Year’s Eve in Paris, and will complete our trip in Portugal and Italy. Back in July It was really tough seeing my newlywed bride honeymooning without me, but this has certainly made up for it – we’ve just had the best time!”
Huma Mobin added; “It was pretty lonely on my first honeymoon, but I never expected my pictures to capture so much attention. I want to say a huge thank you to IHG Rewards Club for enabling us to finally embark on such a romantic trip together. It’s much more fun travelling with my husband – although honeymooning solo really wasn’t that bad.”
Apurva Pratap, Vice President of Distribution and Strategy for IHG in Europe said: “We’re delighted IHG Rewards Club has been able to give Huma and Arsalaan the European honeymoon they always dreamed of. We’ve made it our mission to create memorable experiences that personally matter and are so pleased that our points have redeemed to facilitate their entire trip – from flights to hotel nights across our brands ranging from Holiday Inn Express to InterContinental.”
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