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My targets for the IHG “Into The Nights” promotion

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You can earn up to triple IHG Rewards base points with IHG’s new Autumn promotion. It runs from 1st October to 31st December 2021. You can register here and our full article on the offer is here.

The website for the very impressive new IHG Rewards Club promotion, ‘Into The Nights‘, is now live.

If you log in at the site, you will see your targeted offers.  There were some problems with the site yesterday which stopped some people logging in – I can only hope that they have been resolved overnight.

To be honest, it looks pretty good for me and my family.  Whilst I am an Ambassador and my wife is Platinum, we have done few paid IHG stays this year.  My Mum has no IHG status and has no stays on her account since the last ‘Big Win‘ promotion last year.

I will show you what we have got as it may help you understand your own targets better.

These are the assumptions I use:

  • IHG Rewards Club points are worth £5 per 1000 (based on using 50,000 for a £250 5-star)
  • A ‘Free Night Voucher’ is worth £250 to me because I will use it at a high-value InterContinental

I am making an assumption here that the ‘Free Night Voucher’ will be the same as the one given with the IHG credit card.  This would mean you could use it within a year, anywhere, as long as reward nights were available.

If it turns out there are restrictions on the validity of the free night vouchers then I would need to reduce their perceived value.  I will not be making speculative bookings for this promotion until the small print of the free night vouchers is published.

Case Study 1

Into The Nights 3

This is my Mum’s ‘no status’ account.  If she completes all five tasks, she will earn 25,000 points plus the 2 free night vouchers.  That is £625 of value using my valuations.

The easiest way to get this would be:

1 x 2-night stay and 1 x 3 night stay at two different Holiday Inn Express hotels, ensuring each stay included a Friday or Saturday night

Central London Holiday Inn Express hotels are not exceptionally cheap.  However, I reckon I can find something for £60 per night (Croydon, potentially).  That would be a total cost of £300 at worse.  I am definitely ‘in’ on this basis, given that it only requires two different hotel visits.

Case Study 2

Into The Nights 2

This is for my wife.  This one is a bit trickier and would depend on whether we could trigger the two overseas stays.  Let’s assume that we can’t.

Hitting the first six targets on the list would probably involve:

1 x Holiday Inn Express stay for 2 nights, inc a Saturday

1 x a different Holiday Inn Express for 3 nights, inc a Saturday

1 x Holiday Inn night (assuming I want a cheap brand)

1 x another brand to hit the 3 brands target (Crowne Plaza Heathrow?)

In total, that would earn 33,600 points (£168) plus 2 free nights (£500) for a total of £668.  Whilst this is achievable, it would be a lot of trouble to do the four stays necessary.  I will give this a miss unless a couple of business trips outside the UK come up to hit the ‘Globetrotter’ target.

Case Study 3

Into The Nights 1

This is mine. There are no brand caps on this which makes it a bit easier.

If I do it all in the UK, I would need:

2 x 2-night stays over a Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun

Another 2 nights anywhere, anytime

One of these stays to be on a Bonus Points Package with breakfast (not sure how easy these are to find, and not available at Holiday Inn Express hotels as they give free breakfast)

That would net me 33,600 points (£168) plus 2 free nights (£500 of value) for a total of £668.  This might be possible.

However, I have two overseas trips coming up.  I am not booked into IHG properties but I could find a suitably cheap local one for a mattress run.  Note that the stays must be in two DIFFERENT countries.  As I only need to hit 6 of the 7, I could then exclude the ‘7 nights target’.

That would let me do:

2 x 2-night stays outside the UK, each comprising a Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun, one of which is a Bonus Points Package with breakfast

This looks attractive.  I would only need to do 2 check-ins, for a start, which saves time.  My earnings would be 34,800 points (£174 of value) plus 2 free nights (£500 of value) for a total of £674.  There would also be a slug of base points.  This should be possible for under £300 of expenditure.

The link to check your own target is here.

IHG Rewards update – October 2021:

Get bonus points: You can earn up to triple IHG Rewards base points with IHG’s new Autumn promotion. It runs from 1st October to 31st December. You can register here and our full article on the offer is here.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

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Comments (152)

  • Andy says:

    What is availability light when using the free night vouchers at InterContinental hotels? Will it be difficult to find a room in a big city?

  • Richard says:

    you guys have it easy mine is stay 17 nights and 4 brands for 2 free nights or 14,000 points. Grrr!!!

  • Solo says:

    Mines looks reasonable straightforward to complete. I have a stay at JFK this Saturday which I just booked through the App now so thats one off of 3 Brands/2 Stays via App/2 Sat stays/2 Times International. Quick question, do you think we can combine this with any promo codes flying about to get some bonus points? Also the bonus points associated to each offer are those in conjunction with the free night vouchers offered on completion of 5/6 offers or are those in condition that you don’t take the 2 free night vouchers? thanks

    Complete 5 of 6 offers and earn 18,000 bonus points or 2 free nights

    8,400 Stay 5 nights at any of IHG’s 4,700 hotels worldwide
    17,600 Stay at 3 brands
    4,800 Book 2 stays via the IHG App
    4,800 Stay 2 Saturdays at any of our IHG hotel brands
    9,600 Travel 2 times internationally
    100 Take our survey. We want to hear what you think.

  • helloyoufool says:

    I dislike these IHG promotions now. I’ve not had a single achievable goal yet in each of it’s 3 incarnations.

    Bring back the promos where you could stay just 2 or 3 times and grab a free reward night.

    Tow earn just two free nights now (or 17000 points) then I need to complete the following (which total another 46000 points):

    Stay 12 night(s) at any of IHG’s 4,700 hotels worldwide
    Stay at 5 brands
    Stay 3 Saturdays at any of our IHG hotel
    Book 1 stays using the Bonus Points Package with breakfast rate to earn more points faster.
    Book 4 stay(s) including a Friday or Sunday night (stay must include 2 or more nights)

    I can easily achieve 12 nights (unless I’m made redundant soon!) but as for anything else….

    • Jason says:

      With Ambassador status, if you want the free weekend night, do you have to pay cash, for the 1 night you have to book, or can you use points and get the free night?

      • Lipton says:

        You have to pay for the first night ( not by points) to get the second night free. You also have to pay the flexible rate which is more expensive than the cheapest best available rate. One advantage is that you can cancel if you need to.upgrade is guaranteed so remember to book the room one grade down from the one you actually want !

  • Detrimental clarification to IHG 'Into The Nights' rules says:

    […] devoted two articles last week (here and here) to discussing ‘Into The Nights’, the Autumn promotion from IHG Rewards […]

  • Wesi says:

    It really annoys me that some people would get more bonus points for less nights stayed than me. I really don’t understand their logic in this. 🙁

    Stay 12 night(s) at any of IHG’s 4,700 hotels worldwide = 11,200 bonus points. 🙁

    11, 200 – Explore our brands (4 or 5 achieved, depending on when the promotion started tracking)
    100 – Survey (achieved)
    5,600 – Weekender, 3 Saturdays (1 achieved)
    5,600 – Book 3 stays via the IHG app (2 achieved)
    5,600 – Stay at 3 HI hotels (1 or 2 achieved, depending on when the promotion started tracking)
    5,600 – Extend your weekend, 3x 2 night stays to include Friday or Sunday night (1 achieved)

    If I achieve 6 of the 7 offers I’d get 17,000 bonus points or 2 free nights. I’m looking at also spending 3 nights in London in November, which would either involve a Friday night or a Saturday night.

  • Wesi says:

    P.S. I also dislike how long it takes for the progress to update. Whyyyyyy? 🙁 If the points can show up, why not the progress in the promotions?

    • Rob says:

      Big Win worked the same way, unfortunately. It tends to run a few days behind normal stay posting.

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