UPDATE – JANUARY 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.
IHG Rewards Club is not currently running a global points promotion.
IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty scheme covering InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc, has launched its new Summer promotion.
It is another version of the long-running Accelerate offer, although this time it is called “Make Every Stay Count”.
You can find out your targets, and register, on the IHG website here.
It is valid for stays between 1st May and 31st August.
At present, there is a bug which seems to be stopping some people – including me – from registering. You get a message saying that you are ineligible, but that seems unlikely given that ‘Accelerate’ offers are open to all.
I had no issues on my wife’s account. Once I had registered my wife, she got the following targets:
10,000 bonus points for staying five nights
14,400 bonus points for staying at three different IHG brands
5,600 bonus points for 2 x 2-night weekend stays (Saturday plus another night)
4,500 bonus points for booking one ‘points and cash’ stay
2,800 points for staying at two different IHG hotels
Unusually, there is no additional bonus for completing all or most of the separate targets.
This isn’t a bad deal for my wife. The first, second and fifth ones cut across each other, so a total of five nights, which takes in three different brands and two different hotels, will trigger (10,000 + 14,400 + 2,800) 27,200 bonus points.
Based on my 0.4p valuation of an IHG Rewards Club point, that is worth £109 or (divided by 5 nights) £22 back per night. This assumes she does exactly five nights across three brands. It isn’t worth doing a mattress run to hit this, but if we can point a few nights in IHG’s direction over the next four months it will be worthwhile.
As usual with IHG promotions, existing stays will count and do not need to be rebooked. The only exception in the past has been for any target you have which insists on booking via the IHG app.
The new IHG Rewards Club promotion is OK. My wife has a less generous target than she did in the Spring, and of course I can’t even see my target yet.
Hilton Honors is offering ‘double base points’ as we wrote about here (you can register here). If you do a lot of short, low cost stays then the new IHG offer may work out better, whilst Hilton might be better for short, expensive trips. It is all down to your personal IHG Accelerate targets though. We don’t yet know what Marriott Bonvoy will be offering for the Summer.
I strongly recommend signing up now given that the new IHG promotion is valid for stays from Wednesday night. Even if you have no stays planned I would still register as 31st August is a long way away.
IHG Rewards Club update – January 2021:
Get bonus points: IHG is not currently running a global points promotion as of 1st January 2021.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards Club points, you can buy them here.
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