My points bonanza from a one-off Holiday Inn Express stay
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The question ‘Which is the best hotel loyalty programme?’ is a long and complex one. The answer is usually different for each person. However, it is generally fair to say that no-one will go wrong by trying to squeeze in one IHG Rewards Club stay per year.
IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty scheme for Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental and some other small brands. At the moment, IHG Rewards Club has a lot of very generous promotional codes which they are sending out to members.
These are usually targetted at lapsed members, offering 3000 points on your next stay, or 1000 points for every stay in the next 60 days, or 5000 points for a weekend stay. The key, though, is that these codes can be used by anyone, whether or not that person was originally targetted.
Current IHG Rewards Club bonus points codes are discussed on Head for Points here, for example. There is a thread on Flyertalk which lists current (and indeed non-current, it is never clear which ones still work!) promotional codes.
Each promotion has its own promo code. All you need to do is write down all of the currently active codes from my linked post above and Flyertalk, and then visit this page on the IHG website to activate them on your account. Note that some of these codes only work for 30, 60 or 90 days from registration, so don’t sign up if you have no stays planned.
New codes appear every few months, so if you push one stay a year towards IHG Rewards Club then you will hoover up a lot of points. If you travel with your partner, do a stay in your name and your next stay on an account in their name – this way you will get all of the ‘one off’ codes on each account.
Last week, I used my account to book some relatives into the luxury of the Holiday Inn Express in Sheffield. This cost a grand total of £55, less the little bit of cashback I get via the Head for Points / IHG Rewards Club affiliate link.
And this is what I earned in points from the stay:
Base points 699 pts.
Bonus Points Earned 349 pts.
ELITE MEMBER NEXT STAY BONUS 3,000 pts.
ELITE MEMBER NEXT STAY BONUS 3,000 pts.
1,000 BONUS POINTS FOR 60 DAYS 1,000 pts.
ANNIVERSARY BONUS OFFER 1,000 pts.
WELCOME BACK BONUS 1,500 pts.
NEW MEMBER BONUS PROMOTION 1,500 pts.
NEW MEMBER BONUS PROMOTION 50 pts.
In total, I earned 12,098 points from the stay. Given that I value IHG Rewards Club points at £5 per 1,000, I effectively covered the full cost of the hotel! (There is also another code for 2,000 points per stay which I only found yesterday and will post tomorrow.)
That said, 12,098 is not, in itself, enough to get you far unless you redeem for PointBreaks nights at 5,000 points per night. However, 15,000 points is enough for a Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express free night in many cities and you could buy the additional points required if necessary.
The points can also be transferred to Avios or other airline miles, but the conversion rate of 2,000 miles per 10,000 points is not great. If you can get 15,000 points, you can also redeem these for a £25 shopping gift voucher.
IHG Rewards Club is certainly not the hotel loyalty programme for everyone, especially given their lack of elite benefits. However, I would certainly try to put a very occasional stay with them to benefit from these bonuses!
IHG One Rewards update – April 2023:
Get bonus points: Click here for our article on IHG’s ‘2k Every 2 Nights’ promotion, which runs from 9th February 2023 to 14th April 2023. You can register here.
New to IHG One Rewards? Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.