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You will receive a mystery bonus, usually 100%, when you buy IHG Rewards points by 8th October. Click here for details.
IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty scheme covering InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc, has launched its new Autumn promotion.
It is another version of the long-running Accelerate offer, and for the second time in a row 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 September and 31st December.
The list of targets is shorter than we have seen in the past. I got just four:
25,200 bonus points for staying at four different brands
4,500 bonus points for booking one ‘points and cash’ redemption
2,800 bonus points for staying at three different hotels
8,000 bonus points for four stays using the corporate rate of the company I haven’t worked at for nine years and which very few hotels accept
Since I would have to trigger the 2,800 ‘three hotels’ bonus in order to trigger the ‘four brands’ bonus, I will be getting 28,000 bonus points for four stays. I value IHG Rewards Club points at 0.4p so that is a bonus worth £112. If those four stays are just one night each, that is an extra reward of £28 per night. Not bad.
I also looked at my wife’s account. Once I had registered my wife, she got the following targets which are even easier:
21,600 bonus points for staying at three different brands
2,800 bonus points for staying at two different hotels
4,000 bonus points for booking a stay of 4+ nights
Again, the first two would trigger together. She would earn 24,400 bonus points, valued at £97.60, for just three one night stays. This is £32.53 of bonus points per night plus the value of the base points from her stays.
(It looks like any family stays this Autumn will be booked as two rooms, one per account, rather than taking a suite!)
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.
Note that some people are getting a very weird offer of ‘1000 bonus points for one stay’ – and nothing more. This seems to be an IHG IT issue and not actually your final selection. If you have this, I would continue to check online over the next few days and see if it changes.
The new IHG Rewards Club promotion is good, at least for us. Given that it covers a four month period, I would go so far as to say it is generous. Given the proliferation of IHG brands these days, hitting three different ones is fairly straightforward. Hitting four is a bit trickier, but let’s see.
We don’t yet know what Hilton Honors or Marriott Bonvoy will be offering for the Autumn, of course, although we will find out in the next couple of weeks.
I strongly recommend signing up now given that the new IHG promotion is valid for stays from 1st Sepember. Even if you have no stays planned I would still register now as 31st December is a long way away and a lot can change.
Note that there is a deadline for registration of 18th October which is not something I like to see – why should someone who unexpectedly finds themself in an IHG property in November or December lose out?
IHG Rewards update – September 2021:
Get bonus points: IHG Rewards is not currently running a global promotion.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.
You will receive a mystery bonus, usually 100%, when you buy IHG Rewards points by 8th October 2021.
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