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Click here for our article on IHG’s current ‘2x’ double points promotion which runs until 15th December 2020. You can register for the offer by clicking here and adding promo code 44480.

IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty scheme for InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn etc, is about to launch its Spring promotion.

You can see full details and register on ihg.com here.

What is the new IHG promotion?

This is a version of the ‘4x’ offer that IHG Rewards Club trialled in December.

It is a very simple one which rewards people who commit a lot of nights.  You don’t necessarily need to be a big spender.

You will:

Earn 1,000 bonus points on your first night after registration

Earn 2 x bonus points on nights 2-5

Earn 3 x bonus points on nights 6-14

Earn 4 x bonus points on nights 15+

The maximum number of bonus points you can receive is 100,000 PER STAGE.  This means that the total number of bonus points you are earn is 301,000, made up of 1,000 + 100,000 + 100,000 + 100,000.

Ihg 4x Spring 2020 promotion

What is the small print?

Here are the details:

The promotion runs from 15th February to 15th May

The last day for registration AND BOOKINGS is 15th April

Existing bookings count

Only paid stays earn bonus points and count towards increasing your bonus multiple – a reward night won’t earn bonus points and will not push you along towards the next step up

Only stays costing $30+ after tax qualify for the promotion – this is unlikely to be an issue for HFP readers in Europe!

For stays of 2+ nights, your rate will be averaged out over your stay and it is the average rate which will be used to calculate your nightly bonus

Only one room per stay counts towards the promotion – you get no credit for multiple rooms at the same hotel on the same night

Bonus points will post in arrears, separately to your base points

What is the bonus worth?

I generally value an IHG Rewards Club point at 0.4p.

Most IHG brands earn 10 base points per $1 (77p) so you are getting (4p / 77p) 5.2% of your after-tax spending back in points.

Under this offer, you will earn back:

An extra 5.2% of your spend on nights 2-5

An extra 10.4% of your spend on nights 6-14

An extra 15.6% of your spend on nights 15+

This is ON TOP of your base points and your status bonus.  At the top end, a Spire Elite member who gets a 100% status bonus would be earning a 26% rebate on nights 15+!

If you have a very expensive IHG stay pencilled in for the end of the promo period, say late April, you may want to think about bulking up your IHG stays beforehand.  If you could push yourself to, say, six nights before that stay it would boost your points sharply.

IHG 4x promotion

Is this a good promotion?

Compared to IHG’s ‘Accelerate’ promotions, which have run virtually back to back for the last few years, this is relatively weak.

The downside is that there is no scope for getting an outsize reward.  If the cards fell in your favour, you could trigger a large Accelerate bonus with just a handful of stays as long as you covered your personal brand and night targets.

No-one is going to make out like a bandit here.  On the upside, everyone gets the same goal (heavy stayers tended to get legged over with ‘Accelerate’ with very tough targets) and if you can push a lot of nights to IHG over the three month period you should do nicely.

For someone like me who would have a handful of nights at best, there is less to get excited about.  That said, given that the only realistic competition is Hilton’s ‘2000 bonus points per stay’ – which I value at £6.60 – perhaps IHG has decided it can be cheap this quarter.

One effect of coronavirus, however, is that it will hit the hotel companies and may lead to more aggressive activity later in the year.

You can register for IHG’s new ‘4x’ promotion here.

Even if you have no stays planned yet, I would recommend registering anyway so you don’t get caught out by the 15th April registration deadline.  Remember that stays until 15th May count.

(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 (105)

  • Craig says:

    Thanks Rob, it’s currently asking for a promotion code so possibly targeted or not active yet.

    • Phillip says:

      The registration is not active yet.

      As a heavy IHG user and with a number of bookings in place for the promotion, this is certainly an improvement compared to Accelerate which over the last year has been extremely poor for me! As Rob says, Accelerate was designed to encourage those who weren’t big IHG users already – once you were more of a regular, Accelerate was at times painfully unrewarding. My last two didn’t even bother with multiple targets. Just a single poor target. Where’s the fun in that?

      • Craig says:

        It works better for me too Phillip, the last accelerate had a ‘stay 8 weekends’ target which I was never going to achieve. With this one I’ll be at 15 nights by the end of March. I made 90k from the last 4x which considering I didn’t have to do anything different was very lucrative.

    • Rob says:

      …. which may explain why it says ‘PREVIEW’ in the headline 🙂

  • Tom says:

    Just a shame that most ihg hotels are rubbish!

    • Craig says:

      In the area where I work, it’s either a reasonable Holiday Inn within walking distance of a few decent restaurants, a pleasant Premier Inn in the middle of nowhere with one pub attached to
      it or a Best Western Plus which would better described as a Worst Western Double Minus!

    • ChrisC says:

      really? all of them are rubbosh? How about you give some particular examples of why they are rubbish

      Not had any major problems in any of the ones I have stayed in and the minor ones are soon rectified when I bring them to their attention.

      • Alex Sm says:

        HI Ariel Way is rubbish but the rub bushiest one ever was CP Dublin airport. Their Russian and European properties are good. US and Israeli ones are dated

        • Lynx says:

          I’m not sure why you thought the CP Dublin Airport was so bad. I’ve spent about 300 nights either there or in the attached HIX in the last 3 years (mostly in the CP) and am very happy with them both; especially since the extension to the HIX and the refurbishment to the CP bar and restaurant.
          The only problem I have with it is when it is overrun by hordes of Accenture consultants who are there to be trained – presumably in the most efficient way to fleece their clients. 😀

    • Charlieface says:

      Relative to the price I think he means. Either they are garbage 3-star HI or expensive but still not great CP or IC.

  • James says:

    Don’t suppose anybody knows what the promotion code is??? Can’t register without this code.

  • BJ says:

    Never going to cut it, who would want to rack up nights earning status on IHG when they could do so on Hilton? IHG trying to tempt idiots here or simply giving extra points to corporate customers they already have. Title of the article … 🙂

    • SP says:

      A very narrow minded response. I work in Andover a few days a week and the closest Hiltons’ in Newbury and Southampton are both pretty bad with terrible gyms where as the holiday inn in Winchester has a great new Gym and is nice and modern. As a Hilton diamond member I would always prefer Hilton but they aren’t always the best option!

      • BJ says:

        My point is that promotions are meant to encourage stays IHG otherwise wouldn’t get, not to provide giveaways on those they would, be it because of corporate agreements or lack of suitable alternatives like you say. I am not suggesting it is silly to take advantage of this promotion and will be doing so myself to add extra to any IHG stays I make. I am just saying that it is a badly designed promotion from IHG if they think it will encourage hoards of existing or new customers to stays loads more nights than they might otherwise have done.

    • Phillip says:

      We all have our priorities… despite having top tier with Marriott and Hilton, I still value IHG points for redemptions at their top end properties especially with their nicely expanding portfolio! Even with their existing portfolio, properties such as the IC Danang Sun put many luxury brands to shame! Plus, I’m a Kimpton fan!

    • Matt says:

      You sound lovely. Lots of idiots like me in the world I guess.

      • BJ says:

        Go easy folks, it’s tough being adorable every day. I apologise for any offense caused.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Personal experience IHG has the better properties in the UK

      • BJ says:

        I would have agreed with you until Hilton group started opening lots of new hotel, now I think they are better. I actually left Hilton for years after one too many stays in old horror hotels like those SP refer too.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Yet to stay in a Hilton which is better than the local Indigo/Kimption/IC or Principal.

          for Clarity I haven’t stayed in the Biltmore which is a Hilton LXR property.

          • Crafty says:

            But those aren’t the relevant comparators. Hilton is a brand competing with Crowne Plaza, not the higher end brands you’ve cited. Hilton group equivalent to those would probably be Conrad.

    • ChrisC says:

      I’m far from an idiot.

      I have found that IHG have hotels that are better for the location I want to stay and a price I am prepared to pay than Hilton.

      The points I earn are incidental to that. That applies to IHG, Hilton. Raddisson, Bonvoy, Accor

      • HAM76 says:

        Same here… I can pick the IHG hotel that is a ten minute walk from my client, or I can book a twice as expensive Hilton hotel that requires me to get up 30 minutes earlier every morning because it‘s further away. For occasional stays that might be irrelevant. As a regular I value convenience and sleep over points.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Completely agree.

          However, the point of this promo is to drive incremental IHG business. We would be booking those convenient better priced properties regardless so all IHG is done is cost themselves some points.

          Personally I preferred the gaming aspect of accelerate but I fine with any extra points I can get 🙂

  • Neil says:

    Registration is available through the app without the need for a code. Just got confirmation of my registration now…

    Do we think this is the official end of accelerate?!

  • John says:

    Link requires a promotion code.

  • Andrew says:

    You missed out a crucial rule Rob – stays must be booked by 15 April. Although IHG do have a tendency of extending that – but currently that’s the rule.

  • CraigyC says:

    I’ve just booked an IC for June which claimed to be advance payment (terms and conditions also said that it needed to be paid upfront), but nothing has appealed on the card.
    I’m a platinum member so is the advance payment not required? This is a bit of an issue as the same thing happened with Hilton and I was counting on this to hit the spend for a sign up bonus!
    Or does it sometimes just take some time (I booked it last night).

    • Jonathan says:

      Advance payment just means the hotel will take payment between now and when you stay, some hotels will take payment when booked, but generally payment will be taken about 2 weeks before the stay so just plan for the charge to appear.
      Unfortunately you can’t predict when the payment will be taken, which could be an issue if you monitor credit card bills to stay within payment limits or something

      • Rob says:

        I was in a Hampton last night on an Advanced Payment rate and nothing was taken in advance. If you have elite status, in my experience, they are more likely not to bother charging you.