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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UPDATE – OCTOBER 2020:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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)

  • cmcbugg says:

    Got 35,000 for Friday night at Luton airport 🙂 I had bought Ambassador Gold (Intercontinental) status the week before, so that certainly helped with some of the Elite bonuses. But then, my Sat & Sun nights in Madrid posted as Non-Qualifying. Damn – very p***ed off about that. Only stayed in the dingy Madrid HI for the Big Win bonus and if didn’t qualify. No idea why. It was 21 Day advance purchase rate.

    • Rob says:

      21 Day Adv Pur counts just fine. Any rate you get via the website without using a code will count. Email them via the IHG Rewards Club site and the service centre will adjust

      • cmcbugg says:

        Phoned them up and they corrected it into a qualifying stay and apologised. Phew – that’s another 8000 in the bag (without any bin win points taken into consideration). Although corrected it now has a description of Overlapping stay. Not sure if the system got confused with the previous night in Luton or something – but there were all different nights. Anyway, thanks for confirming.

  • Thunderbirds says:

    By the way, on a related topic, a big thank you to IHG for changing the rules so that Reward Nights count towards Elite Status.
    I recently purchased Rewards Points in the double points offer so 120,000 for $690 (£430). So far I’ve had 12 nights at the point break rate of 5,000 per night saving £50 per night so I have my money back already. Another two Point Break nights to go and I still have 50,000 points left for a proper stay!
    All 12 Reward Nights have now registered on my account and I’m Platinum for next year as a result. It will be interesting to see what difference the recent changes make to next years number of Platinum members as purchased points no longer count towards elite status.

  • Jude says:

    Just to clarify do you physically have to check in to the room that you book or can you just pay and receive the points?

    • Thunderbirds says:

      You have to show up and check-in otherwise you are classed as a no show, hence no points and probably no refund as they will generally charge the first nights stay as a “fine” beacuse they were not able to re-sell the room. Check the small print on your booking.

    • Rob says:

      You need to turn up. All of the hotel programmes do this.

      The reason, I think, is that they don’t want people to book mattress runs. Imagine what would happen if the Holiday Inn Express Rotherham was booked out completely for a Friday night at £31 with Big Win mattress runs. They wouldn’t be able to sell longer stays (because Friday was full) and , more importantly, they wouldn’t make a penny in the bar, restaurant, vending machines, TV movies etc.

      • Tom says:

        We just need to find someone in Rotherham who is good enough to check us all in 🙂

      • GUWonder says:

        Wyndham Rewards may still not require checking-in, but there most frequently have been problems that required pursuing a manual posting for credit or with some of the hotels simply not charging and thus messing up people pursuing a promotion.

        I can’t think of any other hotel programs that have a recent history of phantom stays that worked that way.

      • erico1875 says:

        Does the account holder have to check in Raffles?
        Can AN other check in and stay without the acc holder present, if they are named as an extra guest on the booking?
        We have booked a stay for my son and his GF thru my wifes acc. It was an advance purchase rate.

        • Rob says:

          No, account holder does not need to check in. What you suggested works fine.

          However, the hotel DOES usually need to see the credit card used for payment. I had this issue in Spain on Wednesday. As it happens, I had brought the card with me.

          Note that it is possible that there are certain countries where you may have more trouble. In Spain, for example, the law requires that hotels take copies of passports or ID cards from all guests, so you couldn’t pretend to be someone else – you’d need to be named as ‘additional guest’ (someone of a different sex to the account holder has to do this anyway, of course). Always best to say that the main guest is coming later / tomorrow and, if they push you the next day, say they had a travel issue and couldn’t make it.

          In general, though, I have done this probably 5 times and never had trouble. No-one blinked an eye at a UK Holiday Inn last month when I turned up and declared that I was my wife (whose account isn’t even in the same surname as mine).

          I won’t know until Thursday if my 3-day phantom stay at a HIX in Madrid worked out OK – I did ruffle the bed sheets on the first day, ran the shower, wet a towel, made some coffee, put some paper in the bin. Longer stays can be more problematic because you could be checked out early when housekeeping realise the room is not being used and there is no clothing there.

  • MaltapointsTom says:

    I like this one, but my options are limited to, er, one. The Intercontinental St Julians (Malta).

    The best rate I can get is €79 in December. Given that I’ve not used any of these codes before, is it worth the full suite of points for €79? (I won’t get much value out of the hotel stay itself, indeed I probably won’t stay overnight.)

    Apologies for the fairly basic question, but i) I’m not at all familiar with IHG Rewards and their value and ii) I have no idea how many of the plethora of bonus codes I’ve added will actually give me points.

    • Rob says:

      Technically, you would probably come out ahead. If you got 30,000 points that should get you £150 of free stays or 6000 Avios (as long as you hit 30k, otherwise 4k for 20-29,999 points.)

      However, unless you have firm plans to use them, it probably isn’t worth it. I would expect these codes to last 6 months at least so plenty of chance for a real stay.

  • CV says:

    Staying at Holiday Inn Stratford this weekend for 2 nights. Will be interesting to see what points post.

    Also, wish I had booked one night in Holiday Inn, checked out, then gone upstairs to the Staybridge Suites for the second night and additional stay bonuses. Then next day, after a late checkout, gone over to the HI Express and checked in, before heading home!

  • Rda says:

    I have a two night stop in stevenage next weekend

    Using the 35% off code holiday inn is £33.50 per night, and says that I will earn 530 points for the stay

    Should I be confident that all the bonus points will be added to my account as well?

  • SBZ says:

    Do you happen to know if stays booked online directly with IHG, but using a corporate discounted rate, can collect points and count for the promotions?

  • scroogemcduck says:

    I need to stay somewhere in a few weeks, and Holiday Inn is the cheapest at £100 (Saturday night). I am better off booking somewhere cheaper before (say £50), cashing the points then take the free night? This would also give me 2 nights and 2 brands for the Big Win.

    • Rob says:

      How many points does the Holiday Inn need? It varies by city. And is there reward availability? (IHG does NOT have a guarantee that there are reward nights when cash nights are available, unlike SPG etc).

      Points will take 5 days to post after check-out. The obvious question is whether you would use the points on another hotel stay in the future (IHG points never expire). If you would, then it makes more sense to pay the £100, earn 30,000 or so points and use them for a free room you really need another time.

      • scroogemcduck says:

        Thanks Raffles – it is a Saturday night in York over bonfire weekend, so now I think about it unlikely to be availability. The £100 will bring in good points for a later stay. Many thanks.

        • Rob says:

          You can check award availability on the IHG website, you don’t need to have enough points to check. Would agree with your decision though.