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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)

  • Aston100 says:

    *”This is ON TOP of your base points and your status bonus.” *

    Are you sure about that?
    If I recall correctly that’s not what happened on the last x4 promo where the new bonus was in place of the original status bonus points.

    • Mr. AC says:

      No, Rob’s calculations look right to me based on my stays during the recent promo, both the amount and the % rebate (I’m Spire Elite).

      • Aston100 says:

        Several people noted that the x4 promo was including the status bonus, rather than being on top of it.

        • BrianW says:

          Exactly that, they confirmed this in writing to me.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          4x bonus means base points x4

          If you have 1 base point and you x4 you get 4 base points then you get your additional elite status bonus so for spite an extra point. 5x in total.

          • Brian W says:

            Correct, that’s not what you earned in the last promo though, they admired they included the base points as part of the x4. Very poor from IHG and I suspect they will do the same again this time round.

            Hi Brian,

            Thanks for dropping me an email and I’m grateful to be of help to one of our awesome Spire Elite members. I trust that your weekend’s going well.

            I’m sorry to get you confused about our Earn Up To 4X Bonus Points offer. I appreciate that this made you move your stays back to IHG to be able to maximize what we have in store. I carefully checked your account and can confirm that you’ve earned the right number of points. I see that you got qualified to get the 4x points starting from your stay at our Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East M1, Jct.14. It did not sacrifice your Elite Bonus points but instead counts the base points as part of it.

            I hope this clarifies it. Let me know if you have more.

            Yours in Hospitality,

            Frank Lester Amistoso
            eMedia Coordinator
            IHGService

  • Andrew says:

    Quick reminder.

    If you bank with First Direct and are registered for Visa Offers, there’s likely to be a 5% offer on Holiday Inn on your offers page for the next 3 days.

    Sadly just the usual 3% for Corporate Perks on IHG – but if you fancy an Accor stay it’s15% for WOW week.

  • Gulz says:

    I think something might be happening with pointbreaks. On 1st Feb the page was taken down (404 not found). But yesterday the page was pack up online with details of the last offer that ended on 31st Jan. Today whole IHG site seems down, I’m unable to login (expect for on the app)

    • Gulz says:

      The site’s back up and running, and pointbreaks still shows the 31st jan offer!

  • Aston100 says:

    IHG website being problematic for me past hour or more.

    • Born2sKydive says:

      Same, App not loading properly, Website not showing my stays and issues registering for the promo.

    • Aston100 says:

      Live chat advised the IHG website is encountering problems and to check again in a couple of hours.

  • Born2sKydive says:

    Like a lot of guys and girls I had issue with registering, but just gave the Service Center a ring and she sorted it out in under 1 min.

    (When I tried it said I was already registered for it)

  • Olly says:

    Posted site in article still not working for me but Alan’s link at 08.16 worked fine thx

  • Michael Capper says:

    I have been asked for a ‘Promotion Code’. It appears that this promotion will only be offered to a target group of customers, so much for loyalty.

  • Harry says:

    IHG must be sick of their IT department. Their flagship offer for H1 of 2020 and launch execution is a misery. It makes the BA IT department look semi-professional.

    The offer does not work for me without an offer code. Who is Alan that TG Loyalty refers to on page 1?

    • Doreen says:

      Look to first page of comments – 3 line hhtp link – worked for me … and soon after website went down on all devices.