If you got the IHG Rewards Club Visa credit card when the sign up bonus was tripled recently, here is an interesting little quirk.
The IHG credit card is issued by Barclaycard, who also issue the Hilton HHonors Visa card.
One of the benefits of the Hilton HHonors credit card is that, during the first year of having the card, you receive 2,500 bonus Hilton HHonors points when you pay for a Hilton hotel stay with the Hilton card. The maximum bonus is 10,000 points.
A HFP reader recently stayed at a Hilton and paid with his IHG Visa (he doesn’t have the Hilton card). This triggered 2,500 bonus Hilton HHonors points!
It seems that the Hilton system cannot differentiate between an IHG and a Hilton Visa. It isn’t worth getting the IHG card purely to take advantage of this, but if you have it anyway – and find yourself at a Hilton – you may want to pay with it and see what happens!
PS. The photo is of the new Hilton Paris Opera
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