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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.

I used this myself yesterday for a short notice Sunday lunch booking, and realised we hadn’t mentioned it for ages.  It was an easy 150 points.

The IHG service is a white label version of OpenTable and most of the restaurants which appears there should be bookable.

However, it appears that restaurants which require a credit card deposit, or the submission of a credit card number, in order to book are not available.

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 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 £2.

If you have multiple people with IHG accounts in your household, you can change the lead name on the booking each time to get multiple ‘first user’ bonuses between you.

One upside is that the points count towards IHG Rewards Club status.  I can also say, from my own previous experience, that they post promptly. (EDIT: The points for the Sunday reservation I mentioned above posted on the following Thursday.)

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?

IHG Rewards Club update – January 2021:

Get bonus points: IHG Rewards Club is offering 2,000 bonus points for every two nights you stay from 20th January to 31st March. The bonus points will count towards status. Our main article is here. You can register here using promo code 42050.

New to IHG Rewards Club?  Read our two-part overview of IHG Rewards Club here and here and our article on expiry rules here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards Club points, you can buy them here. You will get a 75% bonus if you buy 10,000+ IHG Rewards Club points by 25th February.

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

Comments (36)

  • Also says:

    I’ve found a few times that when OpenTable has claimed that there are no tables available, a call to the restaurant has elicited a different response. Always worth a try.

    • Tarmohamed says:

      The opposite. Amex concierge have twice made me an opentable booking only to be turned away as kitchen is closed (2.5 hours prior to closing) or fully booked.