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The new IHG Rewards Club (Holiday Inn, InterContinental etc) promotion “Into The Nights” caused a lot of excitement yesterday.  You can read my main article here.

I wanted to add three new pieces of information which have emerged over the last 24 hours.

‘Free Night Vouchers’ seem to be valid for one year, valid on any reward room

One caveat I had in my article yesterday was that IHG had not revealed the terms of the free night vouchers.  I speculated that they would be the same as the vouchers that come with the UK credit card – ie:

  • Valid for 12 months from the date they are deposited in your account
  • Valid for any hotel room at any brand which is showing as bookable for points
  • Bookable online

Two American blogs are stating that they have been told that the same terms will apply to these free night vouchers.  It is worth noting that one person got their information from the IHG call centre which is not necessarily worth much.  The other claimed it was from ‘an IHG contact’ – make of that what you will.

However, I am willing to give IHG the benefit of the doubt now and assume that the vouchers will be valid at all properties.

This sets up some exceptional deals.  If you are planning a trip to Sydney, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington etc in the next 12 months – all places with very nice, very plush, very expensive InterContinental hotels – you should be seriously looking at “Into The Nights“.

IHG Rewards Club

Don’t forget your other half

If you usually travel with a partner, get them signed up.  They will have a super-easy target as I outline in the next section.

Here is a word of warning.  Actually, a few words of warning:

Do NOT open accounts in the names of other people who will not be travelling with you.  In the UK, hotels are very lax about comparing the name of the person on the booking to the name of the person turns up.  This is NOT the case in most countries.  Even if you are named as a second guest, you will have serious trouble in a lot of countries if you redeem a free night voucher in the name of someone else and then arrive yourself.

(I found this out myself in Spain last year when, trying to hit my Mum’s ‘Big Win’ target, I had serious difficulty checking into a Holiday Inn Express even though I was named as the 2nd guest.  And, of course, I share a surname with my Mum.)

Do NOT open multiple IHG accounts in your own name.  IHG is frighteningly good at spotting duplicate accounts.  If any bits of personal data match up, even down to the credit cards you use to pay for your stays, they will spot it and they will close your account.  This has happened to me, albeit at least five years ago.

Do NOT get too carried away with the value of the free nights.  You can book the InterContinental Bora Bora using these free night vouchers, where a basic room costs over $1,000 per night.  However, no room in the IHG system costs more than 50,000 points per night and you can buy 50,000 points for $350 if you know how.  The maximum value of your two free nights is therefore capped at $700 (£428).

(I know that I quoted £500 yesterday as the value of the 2 free nights.  You see, even I get carried away.  I had forgotten how weak the US$ has been recently.)

There is a very generous offer for new IHG Rewards Club members

If you sign up for IHG Rewards Club as a new member – the link is here – it is highly likely that your ‘Into The Nights’ offer will look like this:

  • 500 points for downloading the IHG app
  • 1,000 points for staying 3 nights
  • 1,000 points for booking 2 stays with the IHG website or app
  • 1,000 points for staying 2 Saturday nights
  • 1,000 points for staying at 2 Holiday Inn hotels
  • Bonus of 50,000 points or 2 free nights for completing all 5 tasks

This means that you can earn 2 free nights (worth £428 if you are smart) plus 4,500 additional points plus the base points for the stays just for booking:

  • 1 x Holiday Inn hotel for a Saturday night, and
  • 1 x different Holiday Inn hotel for a Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun night

That is it.  The total cost could be as low as £150 depending on where you live.

A Holiday Inn Express is not a Holiday Inn

This came up a couple of times yesterday in the comments.  For the purposes of this promotion, Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn are different brands.  If you need to do two Holiday Inn stays, you cannot book a Holiday Inn Express (and vice versa).

Be careful on what is a qualifying rate

Stays will only count for this promotion if the rate is ‘qualifying’.  ANY rate which shows on the IHG website without entering any special codes will be OK.

However:

  • Reward nights do not count
  • ‘Cash and points’ rates do not count
  • Any corporate discount or other promotion which takes your room price to less than 70% of the Best Flexible Rate for the same night will potentially be non-qualifying
  • ‘Friends & Family’ rates do not count
  • Rooms booked on Ambassador 2-4-1 voucher should technically give you one qualifying night.  Some hotels post it as two but you should only get one.  If you get none, complain.

For safety, if using a discount code, take a screenshot of the last page in the booking process which states “You will earn x,xxxx IHG Rewards Club points from this stay”.  You can fall back on this as proof that you thought the rate was a qualifying one in case of any issues.

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Comments (105)

  • Ralph says:

    Just to check Rob, the Palazzo in Vegas next April is $780 for two nights and it is showing Points availability at 50,000 points per night – your belief is that these vouchers will get those rooms?

    • Rob says:

      It should be OK. There is a teeny tiny chance that Palazzo is excluded because it is an IC Alliance property (as is Venetian) but, if it is showing standard reward nights, I am pretty darn sure it will be OK.

  • del says:

    Forgive me for being from the school of the hard of understanding, but I cannot follow what I am being offered.

    My e-mail header reads “D, earn 2 free nights or 61,000 bonus points”. The banner above my individual targets reads “31,000 points or 2 free nights” and then “Complete 6 of 6 offers and earn 31,000 bonus points or 2 free nights”

    If I complete all 6, can I choose
    either 61,000 bonus points,
    or 4 free nights
    or only 2 free nights and 31,000 points

    I have not seen any other mention of bonus free nights.

  • Boi says:

    This is what I got when I signed up as a new member:
    500 points for downloading the IHG app
    2,000 points for staying 3 nights
    2,000 points for booking 2 stays with the IHG website or app
    4,000 points for staying 2 Saturday nights
    2,000 points for staying at 2 Holiday Inn hotels

    1. This is almost similar to Raffles example but you said that needs only 2 bookings? doesn’t this need 3 nights? Am I right in thinking there is no rate restriction, i can book cheapest holiday inn? I am in leeds and hope I can do it for less…

    2. If I sign up my husband, and assuming he gets similar offers, can he get the bonuses to trigger on the same booking if we are both listed as guests?

    • N says:

      It does need only two bookings – a two-night stay including a Saturday, and a separate one-night Saturday stay. Any standard rate you find on ihg.com should be OK.

      Holiday Inn Wakefield is £46 for Saturdays later in the year (or for a longer drive, Haydock £35, Nottingham £37, Runcorn £38). Bear in mind you need two different HIs.

      Your husband would have to make his own separate bookings to qualify.

  • Simon says:

    So which IHG properties would people recommend in cities I could get to with a RFS. Am thinking somewhere warm/hot, pref a band 3 or 4 flight (might as well get some hot food out of it!)

    • Andrew S says:

      I stayed in Skopje earlier this year… Proabably better as a redemption at 10,000 points

  • Janeyferr says:

    Will HI Garden Court locations count as a holiday inn for this promo? The website search would suggest so, but I’d like to be sure.

  • AndyA says:

    Hi

    Being a novice to hotel schemes, I’m assuming that signing my wife up to this as well is only beneficial if;
    1. Her target may be easier than mine (unlikely as I have the 3 nights, 2 stays in a HI)
    2. We will do enough stays between us this year to meet both targets (also unlikely)

    Like I say I’m a novice at hotels schemes but as I am about to book the HI Runcorn for a £31 Fri night, I’m contemplating trying to do something (potentially a mattress run) to hit the target and get my 2 free nights to use in a much nicer hotel!

    • Rob says:

      Yes. However, it may well be worthwhile if your 2015 travel plans mean you could redeem her free nights for an excellent deal.

      • AndyA says:

        Hi Rob

        I’ve decided to give it a go for the pair of us! Do you know if there are any restrictions on using the free nights together? E.g. If there is availability, could we use for 4 nights at the IC Times Sq? & potentially also consider ‘joining’ ambassador and tacking that on too?!

  • David says:

    Are there any sign up bonuses (other than via “Into the nights”) for joining IHG rewards with a particular link?

  • David says:

    My offers are also showing up in a strange format:

    “25,000 points or 1 Free Night(s) Complete 3 offer and earn 25,000 bonus points or 1 free night”
    0 of 3 complete.
    “25,000 points or 1 Free Night(s) Complete all of your bonus offers and earn another 25,000 points or 1 free night”
    0 of 5 complete.

    The second offer list is the same as the one listed in the article above, i.e. 3 nights at Holiday Inn, 2 stays both inc. Sat. However, as others have reported, the first free night – with 3 offers – is a mystery for the time being as the offers are not showing! I also hadn’t realised that the minimum 2 free nights could be split into two offer lists as appears to have happened here.

    I’m wondering if the reason the offers are not showing correctly for me is because I have only just signed up for an IHG rewards club account??

    Re. the free nights, the only T&Cs I can find are as follows: “Members will have the ability to choose their respective award from those offered at time of completing the Promotion and must claim their reward by 60 days from the end of the campaign promotional period.”

    I personally take this to mean that you need to have selected the free nights rather than the points within 60 days, not that you must have booked the free nights in that time. The “about” page of the promotion site states that the free nights can be spent “at any of the more than 4,700 IHG properties worldwide” but I would like to see it written somewhere if there are any other terms which apply to the free nights before I consider making bookings with IHG for this promotion.

    Hopefully the website will be fixed in the coming days.