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How to earn IHG Rewards Club points with OpenTable restaurant bookings

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If you’re booking a restaurant – even a casual dining one – over Christmas and New Year, remember that you can earn IHG Rewards Club points when you book restaurants online.

The IHG service is a white label version of OpenTable, so any restaurant which appears there should appear.

Opentable IHG Rewards Club

Via this page of the IHG website, you can make restaurant reservations globally.

The majority of restaurants offer 150 IHG Rewards Club points per booking, but you get 500 bonus points if it is the first time you have used the service.IHG Rewards Club OpenTable restaurant bookings

This clearly isn’t the deal of the century – I would value 150 IHG Rewards Club points at around 60p!  The ‘first user’ deal is more worthwhile with the 500 points being worth around £3.

One upside, however, is that the points count towards IHG Rewards Club status.  I can also say, from my own experience, that they post promptly.

You can book here.

PS.  One interesting quirk is that many hotel restaurants, IHG and non-IHG, appear on OpenTable.  If you have a hotel stay lined up and know you will be eating in the hotel, why not book your table via OpenTable in advance?

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (15)

  • Liz says:

    We did this for the first time last week. Went to the Daisy Tasker restaurant in the new Indigo in Dundee. Got 500 pts for our first booking and it was in my account in 2 days and the pts were elite qualifying. Also used my IHG card for 4x pts.

  • Ben says:

    I use it all of the time where restaurants are available. Sometimes even minutes before walking into a place spontaneously.

    The downside is that the IHG version doesn’t have the full list of establishments OpenTables has.

    • Cam says:


      Definitely an easy way to pick up some extra points. In response to another poster, I assign nil value to OpenTable points–too much hassle.

  • Chris says:

    Not opentable related but related to small amounts of IHG earning. I have had an email saying that Opinion Check-in is closing on December 31st.

    • Liz says:

      Someone mentioned this the other day and neither myself or my hubby have received this email – yet. I use it occasionally to keep my hubby’s pts alive.

  • Shoestring says:

    Tastecard is good for 600 free Avios at the mo – 3 month free trial membership – plus you can cancel immediately online/ within weeks if you like. Always used to be a way to get DragonPass for £18 per lounge pass as well, though I don’t think you actually need to be a member any more, just use their code.

  • Aliks says:

    However, it looks like most restaurants just give you 150 IHG points with no special offers. On the Opentable site, you often see 1,000 point offers, and discounts on food. The Opentable points can be exchanged for dining vouchers, so I don’t really see the IHG offer as a bargain

    • Lady London says:

      Might keep my IHG points alive as I put all my stays elsewhere this year after the 4th round of ridiculous numbers of stays required by Accelerate for insignificant reward.

  • Chris says:

    Interesting that you can get IHG points at some restaurants in Hilton hotels!

  • MikeR says:

    I just tried to book The French Table in Surbition. IHG’s page said “no tables”. The OpenTable website had quite a few tables available… bit of a shame really