IHG Rewards has launched a new promotion letting you earn double points on your stays this Spring.
IHG Rewards 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 must register in advance via this link
- You earn 2 x base points on every stay during the promotional period after registration
- The bonus points ARE elite qualifying and count towards status
- Existing bookings count
- You must complete your stays between 1st February and 31st March
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 is 10 points per US$1 (73p) excluding taxes. I value an IHG Rewards point at 0.4p although you can often do better, which means your base return is 4p per 73p spent, ie 5.5%.
Under this offer, a member with no IHG status would receive 11.0% 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 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 73p spent ex-VAT, or a return of 16.4%.
Hotel promotions are thin on the ground at the moment, with only Hilton from the ‘big three’ running a major promotion, worth 2,500 bonus points per stay.
As the Hilton bonus is fixed, this new IHG offer will work out better for longer, expensive stays. If you only need a cheap property for one night, you’d get a better return at a Hampton by Hilton (2,500 bonus points) than an IHG Rewards hotel.
That said, you can’t argue that this IHG Rewards promotion has a lot of 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 February.
IHG One Rewards update – May 2022:
Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering bonus base points on all cash stays between 18th May and 31st August. You earn double points on your 2nd to 5th nights, triple points on your 6th to 14th nights and quadruple base points from your 15th night. Our full article is here. Click here to register.
New to IHG One Rewards? Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.
You will receive an 80% bonus when you buy IHG One Rewards points by 10th June 2022.
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.