IHG Rewards Club has launched a new promotion letting you earn double points on your stays this Autumn.
IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty scheme covering InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo among other brands.
How does IHG’s new ‘2x’ promotion work?
This is how it goes:
You earn 2 x base points on every stay after registration
Existing bookings count
You must complete your stays between 1st October and 15th December
Existing bookings DO count so there is no need to rebook anything. Only one room per stay counts towards the offer, so if you are booking multiple rooms you should put each in a different name.
How many points will I earn?
The standard earning rate in IHG Rewards Club is 10 points per US$1 (78p). I value an IHG Rewards Club point at 0.4p although you can often do better, which means your base return is 4p per 78p spent, ie 5.1%.
Under this offer, a member with no IHG status would receive 10.2% back in points. This isn’t bad, of course, but we’ve seen better.
Of course, most HFP readers will have some sort of IHG Rewards Club status. This comes with a status bonus (applies to base points only):
10% bonus for Gold Elite
50% bonus for Platinum Elite
100% bonus for Spire Elite
This means that a Spire Elite member will be earning 30 points per $1. This is 12p of points for every 78p spent ex-VAT, or a return of 15%.
IHG Rewards Club isn’t offering the strongest promotion around at the moment. Other chains are offering more points or bonus elite night credits, which can help get you status more quickly.
That said, it has quite a few things going for it:
- all cash stays count
- you don’t need to rebook existing stays
- you get the bonus from your first stay after registration
Click here to register for IHG’s double points promotion. It kicks in for stays from 1st October.