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IHG Rewards has enrolled you in milestone bonuses – but not told you

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In December, we reported that some people had seen ‘milestone bonuses’ popping up in the ‘My Offers’ section of their IHG Rewards account.

It appeared to be based on Hilton’s milestone bonuses scheme:

  • Earn 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights in 2021, with no cap
  • Earn an additional 20,000 bonus points for achieving 40 nights in 2021
IHG Rewards milestone bonus

We assumed that this would be rolled out to everyone by the New Year. However, January came and went and we all forgot about it. No-one else heard a peep from IHG.

And yet ….. you ARE enrolled in milestone bonuses, it seems. Or, at least, most people are – there are a handful of people in our comments section who don’t seem to be able to find it.

Go to your IHG Rewards account home page. On the left hand side, under your points total, is a button called ‘Messages’. You have probably never clicked it before.

Click on it now.

You will see this:

…. and when you click through:

…. you see full details of the milestone bonus. No registration is required.

The IHG milestone bonus is a decent deal as it is incremental to other promotions. For completing 40 nights, you would receive 60,000 bonus points which I value at (0.4p each) £240. This is an additional £6 rebate per night. It is obviously less valuable if you don’t manage 40 nights.

There is no counter to show how many nights you have done so far. Rollover nights from 2020 do not count.

This isn’t a bad deal on its own for people who stay in cheaper IHG brands such as Holiday Inn Express. As it stacks with other quarterly promotions, it could turn out to be lucrative if travel restarts in earnest later in the year.


IHG Rewards update – October 2021:

Get bonus points: You can earn up to triple IHG Rewards base points with IHG’s new Autumn promotion. It runs from 1st October to 31st December. You can register here and our full article on the offer is here.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.

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 (20)

  • Peggerz says:

    Not on this Ambassador members account it ain’t. I have logged out and in. Still not there.

  • Aston100 says:

    I can see that page on my account.
    I note it lists ‘priority check in’ as an elite benefit.
    I don’t recall ever receiving this, or even having the ability to do it.
    Mind you I’ve not stayed at the very top end hotels, so perhaps this is limited to those places only?

    • Andrew says:

      I think that just means there’s a sign on one of the positions at the checkin desk and a door mat that says IHG Rewards on it and supposedly you can stand here and get served before the general populous. A bit like business class checkin for bronze and above BAEC.

      • Aston100 says:

        Ah right, I think I saw such a desk at a CP in Turkey. Made sod all difference since nobody seems to enforce it.

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          There’s also when it’s busy only one priority line and potentially several normal ones – especially airports eg Hilton at LGW (Hilton have same)

          normal ones are less affected by ‘that person’ who somehow hasn’t checked into a hotel before and the standard queue shifts along nicely.

      • DK says:

        Only time I tried using it in the Holiday Inn in Macao I actually had to wait longer in the ‘priority’ lane!

  • Aston100 says:

    I wish they’d allow you to use points to purchase breakfast – or better still, allow a b&b rate on points.
    Frustrates me that when I find a reasonable deal on points, the cost of breakfast is often quite high, and not discounted as it usually is when adding it to a normal cash booking.
    e.g. £9 per day breakfast for all occupants of the room (or at least 2 people anyway) when booking with cash, versus upwards of £15 per person when using points.

  • Jan de W says:

    Worth noting this in the small print of the IHG terms…”IHG® Army Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith properties, and Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas are excluded from this Offer.”

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      10 nights in a six senses, don’t think I’d be that fussed about the 10k points…

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