“The Intercontinental Hotels Group — parent company to a number of hotel chains, including Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express — is investigating a possible breach of customers’ payment card data.
In addition to the Holiday Inn brands, InterContinental owns a number of chains: Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Hotel Indigo, Even Hotels, and Kimpton. Several Kimpton hotels fell victim to a payment card breach earlier this year, and some InterContinental-owned properties run by HEI Hotels & Resorts were part of a small breach earlier this year as well.
Sources in the financial industry have told information security reporter Brian Krebs that they’re seeing fraudulent transactions on cards that were used at InterContinental properties, especially Holiday Inn.
If you’ve stayed at a Holiday Inn or another IHG brand property recently, keep a close eye on your credit or debit card statements and immediately report any transactions that don’t look right to your bank. If you’ve stayed at one of the company’s properties recently and your bank has preemptively issued you a new card, this may be why.”
Author: Laura Northrup