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Another 24,000 points-worth of IHG Rewards Club bonus codes!

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UPDATE – OCTOBER 2020:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. 

Click here for our article on IHG’s current ‘2x’ double points promotion which runs until 15th December 2020. You can register for the offer by clicking here and adding promo code 44480.

I have written before about the regular bonus codes published by IHG Rewards Club. To avoid linking back to too many older posts, I will repeat the background here and then share some new codes below.

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.

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Each promotion has its own promo code. All you need to do is write down all of the currently active codes from this post and the Flyertalk link below, and then visit this 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.

The following new codes appeared on Flyertalk a couple of weeks ago. The LoyaltyLobby blog has been testing them out, a stay at a time, and we now have a good idea of what each of these codes should do.

1027 – 3,000 points PER STAY (!) for the next 90 days

4041 – 3,000 points on your next stay within 90 days

1037 – 5,000 points on your next stay within 90 days (in theory, Gold and Platinum members only)

1023 – 3,000 points on your next stay within 90 days

1027 – 3,000 points PER STAY (!) for the next 90 days

1012 – 5,000 points on your next stay within 90 days (in theory, Gold and Platinum members only)

1041 – 2,000 points PER STAY (!) for the next 60 days

On top of all this, these older codes should still work if you haven’t used them before:

2656 – 1,500 points on your next stay within 90 days of registration

2785 – 3,000 points on your next stay within 90 days of registration (may only work for Platinum and potentially Gold members)

3825 – 3,000 points on your next stay within 90 days of registration (may only work for Platinum and potentially Gold members)

4648 – 1,500 points on your next stay within 90 days of registration

4709 – 1,000 points on EVERY stay within 90 days of registration

There is a thread on Flyertalk which lists other current (and indeed non-current, it is never clear which ones still work!) promotional codes. For completeness, you should plug in all the codes on the Flyertalk list as well!

Remember that you can convert IHG Rewards Club points to Avios at the rate of 10,000 to 2,000, in chunks of 10,000 although you will get a better deal from a hotel redemption. A one night stay using all of the codes should get you 4,000 Avios-worth.

I am currently in a Holiday Inn Express in Madrid. (Well, I’m not …. I checked in for 3 nights on Tuesday and then promptly left for my Melia free night.) I am using these mattress run nights as part of the Big Win promotion.) Let’s see what posts for me early next week.

Needless to say, the existence of these codes changes the dynamics of the Big Win promotion a little. As you can get 9,000 bonus points PER STAY (worth £45 at my valuation of IHG Rewards Club points) if you register for the ‘per stay’ codes above, it may make more sense to do random mattress run nights to get the stays you need for the Big Win.

(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (95)

  • Ben E says:

    17k and a gold status from the HP employees get gold promo

  • Rob says:

    No, once registered most – not all, but most – show up under My Offers on your IHG Rewards Club account.

    • Blackberryaddict says:

      The bonus points will only show up after your stay.

    • Rob says:

      Yes – you haven’t completed them! Even if you’ve got a prepaid room, it doesn’t count as a stay if you don’t check in, so you aren’t due the points until after your stay.

  • s8yad says:

    Am I understanding this correctly? If say, I book a nights stay at a Holiday In Express on a Advance purchse rate for £39, i stand to gain circa 20k points. I am not currently a IHG menber, and so do I qualify?

    • john says:

      Well, first step is to join IHG…

      • s8yad says:

        I didn’t want to join another program if there wasn’t an very good incentive for it as I am currently with SPG. However if an outlay of £39 results in 20k points and eventually 4k Avios, then I am happy to do dip my toe.

        • xcalx says:

          Also sign up for the big win promo once you have joined IHG .. Use search at top of HFP home page. I cant seem to get links to post here

    • Rob says:

      If you sign up and then register for all these promos before you stay, then you’ll get the points.

  • Blackverryaddict says:

    Do you have to register for these promos before you make your booking? Or does is work for already booked stays?

  • Mark B says:

    Is there a way to do a search of all UK IHG hotels to ascertain the cheapest ?

    • Rob says:

      If you search for a town for a certain date it will search all properties within 50km and you can rank by price. You can change this to 100km by selecting the ‘Distance from Destination’ drop down menu on the left after you’ve done your initial search.

      Cheapest nights almost certainly Friday or Saturday. £29 nights can occasionally be found in dumpy parts of the country on a weekend!

      Searching Sheffield for 23rd November brings up the HIX Rotherham at £37, extending to 100km brings in the HI Stoke at £29 for example.

      Cheaper than £29 is very unlikely – at least on a rate code that qualifies for points (all rates which show without inputting special codes will qualify for points).

      • Tony says:

        Note you can also change the km to miles, so boosting your search area by a factor of around 2.5

      • Mark B says:

        Thanks Raffles, good to see some Saturday’s at a cheap price and local to me, I’d assumed Sundays to be the cheapest

        • Rob says:

          No, Sundays are more expensive than Fri or Sat (subject to no big events happening) as business travellers check in then before meetings on Mondays

    • Tony says:

      Just think of the most miserable place in the country, then try on a Sunday night, and you’ll be close 😉
      Holiday Inn Corby/Kettering, Sunday 27th Oct, £35 on the 35% offer rate
      HI EX Leeds (East) £31
      HI EX J5 of the M74, £32.47

      • Geoggy says:

        The 35% offer rate doesn’t earn points does it?

        • Trevor says:

          That rate shouldn’t, you’re right. If you use a special rate option, view rates and then click “Book this room”, it’ll show you the potential points earned under your name at the top (sign in first). If a rate doesn’t qualify, you’ll see 0 points listed here – it’s the easiest way to check and be sure.

          With 2 bookings (used your link, Raffles) between my wife’s account and mine for a weekend away, we stand to earn up to 42,000 points each (don’t expect all to post, but still…), so I’m not taking a chance with discount rates to try save a few bucks right now. With up to 16 nights on PointBreak specials, these points are worth a lot more than the few £ saved.

        • Rob says:

          It often does, but in theory the hotel is allowed to not give them and you can’t appeal.

          • Trevor says:

            Ok, Raffles, I’m a bit confused… In your previous post regarding IHG discounts, you mentioned that the 35% discount rate normally shouldn’t post points, but sometimes you get lucky. Here you say “It often does, but in theory the hotel is allowed to not give them and you can’t appeal.” Finally, having done a search using that discount rate, the IHG site shows “You will earn 610 points for this stay”.

            So to confirm… Even though the booking page shows the points due, the hotel may not post them and then as using the discount rate you have no grounds for appeal? I realise you don’t make/uphold the “rules”, but maybe through experience you know what can and can’t for fought for depending on the booking confirmation. As the 35% discount rate still shows points (unlike the family and friends discount, which, while giving the same price, shows no points due), I am tempted to book and get the discount price. But as only saving £6, not the end of the world to pay the “Advance Saver Rate” and not risk losing all the bonus codes posting (the 610 points on their own are obviously effectively meaningless).

          • Rob says:

            If the points show, take a screenshot and you will be fine – if they don’t post, the call centre should fix it.

            IHG is the only hotels group which lets hotels arbitrarily decide which rates earn points. IHG has its rules but the hotels often dont follow them, leading to call centre issues. You should, in theory, be OK with anything that shows on the IHG site without using a special code.

            The biggest issue is 241 rates. The rules clearly say 241 rates are one night at full price (which triggers points) and one free. Many hotels treat it at 2 nights at a 50 per cent discount which means no points. You then need to take your complaint to the call centre / email centre which is in the Philippines and is staffed by people with only a modest grasp of English and zero grasp of understanding promotion rules.

          • Trevor says:

            Thanks as always for the prompt reply and good advice. Screenshots it’ll be then, along with the discount. Hopefully the basic and, more importantly, the bonus points post without an issue (erh, if there is an issue and the basic don’t post, will the bonuses always post once the stay is corrected? I realise I can’t go chasing those… pity I didn’t think of requesting clarification on that earlier too, as between 2 bookings they’ll be worth as much as 100,000 points! Don’t worry, you don’t need a disclaimer here 😉 )

          • Alan says:

            I’ve never had to challenge on that particular issue before, but when I had a problem with a recent stay I went via their Twitter team and they were fantastic at sorting things out. I think they’re US-based.

  • Trevor says:

    I have got all the codes mentioned in the original post above to register, along with the following:
    7641 – 1,5k Welcome Back bonus
    4644 – 1k/stay bonus for 90 days
    4777 – 5k Platinum bonus
    2619 / 4944 – 2k/stay Book direct bonus

    They were all the first codes attempted, and all 15 went smoothly. Then I tried some more from the FlyerTalk link above, in reply 4. It’s a loooong list, and note that the codes are all repeated when categorized about halfway through. Every one of them was unsuccessful, saying:

    “The code you entered is invalid for your membership. Please check the qualification requirements for your country, region or program.”

    Has anyone else tried and had success/failure with these codes? Is it possibly a UK address failure? It seems strange that from such a long list, they all consistently failed for me.

    I have found and got 2 codes to register subsequently from the thread:
    7637 – 2 day weekend stay 5k bonus

    So no 15 code registration limit as I’d wondered about, but also sadly from such a long thread with so many codes, none others that were still valid/working for me. I’d be interested if anyone else got anything else to work, but having gone through myself, also suggest not wasting your time.

    BTW, of the 17 codes that successfully registered, “My Offer Status” lists all of them (and I now see that you can select to list up to 30 per page, so definitely no 15 code limit, or any small number if at all).

  • nicola green says:

    Thank you for this. Just had 19k points added to account for a 2 night stay at Crowne Plaza Blackfriars and was on the BMW promotion so double thanks!

  • Sarah G says:

    I’ve got a stay coming up at HI B’ham City Centre for two nights. Can I split the stay into two bookings and get the “per stay” points? Or will they rumble me?

    • Thunderbirds says:

      They will rumble you! Last time I looked a single stay is defined as all consecutive nights regardless of check-in and check-out activity…

    • Rob says:

      Won’t work. All you could do, if with someone else, is book one night in each name and each person gets the points. Hotel would need to check you out and back in next day, but no need to pack up!